Words: Steve Brown
Ezra Miller has defended Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality in the Fantastic Beasts sequel saying it’s very “explicit”.
It was announced last year that the movie, a sequel to 2016's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, will feature a young Dumbledore played by Jude Law alongside Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp.
However, earlier this year Harry Potter director David Yates revealed that the wizard’s sexuality won’t be “explicit” in the sequel – which is set to hit cinemas this November.
In the latest trailer, there is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment where we see Dumbledore looking into the Mirror of Erised and sees a young Gellert Grindelwald looking back at him confirming his love for the dark wizard.
But now Miller, who is reprising his role as Credence Barebone in the upcoming sequel – which is slated for release this November – has said he finds Dumbledore’s “queerness extremely explicit”.
He told Total Film: “It’s a funny idea to me that every form of representation has to look the same.
“For me, personally, I find Dumbledore’s queerness extremely explicit in this film. I mean, all around.
"He sees Grindelwald, his young lover who's the love of his life; he sees him in the Mirror of Erised.
“What does the Mirror of Erised show you? Nothing more than the most desperate desire of your heart. If that's not explicitly gay, I don't know what is.
"I think it's also really powerful to have characters who are fascinating, dynamic people, doing magical works in the world, and that the story does not only pertain to their sexuality."
"People have to also take a moment and acknowledge the gift that Jo Rowling gave us by writing one of the greatest characters in literary history, one of the most beloved characters across the whole spectrum of civil society, and the beliefs and ideologies there; one of the most beloved characters; and then, at the end of writing that series, was like, 'Oh, yeah, and he's gay. What? Step to me.' She is forever a god for that."