In an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, Law was asked how the magical headmaster’s sexual orientation would be explored, especially considering that David Yates, director of Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald, has said the matter won’t be “explicitly” addressed.
Dumbledore, according to Potter lore, once fell in love with Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who would go on to become a dark wizard. (Of course, Depp’s casting has also drawn criticism, but J.K. Rowling is standing by the decision to keep the actor in the film.)
Law revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he had specifically asked Rowling if Dumbledore was gay. “But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you,” he said. “He’s multifaceted.”
Law said the movie is only the second film in the series, which is projected to have five films total, hinting that we’ll learn more about Dumbledore’s past as the series progresses.
“What you got to remember is this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time,” Law said. “You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come.”