Ever since he was outed in 2007 by J.K. Rowling at a book tour appearance at Carnegie Hall, Albus Dumbledore, the sage headmaster of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 'Harry Potter' franchise, has been one of the most famous and beloved gay icons in literature.
The revelation received explosive support from the majority of the LGBTQ community, so much so that Rowling said if she'd known it would make so many people so happy, she would have included Dumbledore's homosexuality in her books. Critics and detractors pointed out there was no real reason not to include it in the first place, seeing as more or less every other character got a romantic moment, even Professor McGonagall.
Unfortunately, It seems the same issue of 'saying it without saying it' will continue for the foreseeable future. Jude Law is set to play a younger version of the character in the upcoming 'Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald,' but director David Yates was quick to shut down excited LGBTQ fans by announcing Dumbledore's sexuality would not be explicitly referenced.
The announcement drew widespread ire from just about everyone, including Sir Ian McKellen, who not only had been offered the role of Dumbledore previously, but is also gay himself. Fans were particularly critical, as the film will also feature the character Gellert Grindelwald, Dumbledore's former lover, as the main antagonist.
However, there are now signs that Yates may have subtly retracted his statement and caved to fan demand. In the recently released trailer for 'The Crimes of Grindelwald,' a young Dumbledore is seen standing before the Mirror of Erised, an enchanted looking glass that shows the user what they want the most in the world. He is faced with a vision of Grindelwald, implying that he still desires his old crush even after all these years.
It is now unclear just how strongly Dumbledore will be able to represent the gay community in 'Crimes of Grindelwald,' but many fans have high hopes.