Dumbledore has finally said he’s gay out loud.
It’s been a long, long time coming, but there’s finally a textually gay moment in a Harry Potter movie. In a new TV spot for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore film, Dumbledore (Jude Law) finally confesses his love for Grindelwald (now played by Mads Mikkelsen).
In the clip, Grindelwald tells Dumbledore that with or without him, he’s going to “burn down their world” and asks him if he intends to turn his back “on [his] own kind.” “It was you who said we could reshape the world,” the villain says. “It’s what we said we’d do.”
That’s when the big moment comes. “Because I was in love with you,” Dumbledore says.
There you have it, the gay Harry Potter moment we’ve been waiting 15 years for.
Way back in 2007, when Harry Potter was still at the top of the entertainment world, author J.K. Rowling made quite the commotion when she declared that Dumbledore was gay, despite there not really being anything in the books to indicate that. The only thing that could really be pointed to was his alluded-to, once-close relationship with the evil wizard Grindelwald.
It was seen by some as a great moment for gay representation, but for others, it seemed like a cop-out – a way to say your book has gay representation without actually having anything gay happen or mentioned in the text itself. Now, we’re seeing the culmination of that.
Harry Potter was, at one time one, of the biggest media franchises on earth, and having a main character vocally express romantic feelings for a character of the same sex should be a huge deal...but unfortunately, the franchise has very few queer fans left and even less queer goodwill.
Not only are fans disappointed by the lack of any textual queerness in any of the books, but Rowling has also made herself into an enemy of the LGBTQ+ community by becoming a steadfast and vocal TERF over the last several years, spewing anti-trans hate whenever she can.
For those still interested in seeing Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s gay adventures, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore premieres in theaters April 15.