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JK Rowling, on Dumbledore Being Gay, Hits Mute Button

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By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 06:32 AM

J.K. Rowling responded to the how-gay-was-young-Dumbledore controversy by hitting the mute button. Actually, she let rapper Lil Yachty do it for her in a Twitter post.

The quirky tweet came after some complained that the well-known "Harry Potter" character will "not explicitly" explore his youthful sexuality in the prequel "Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald," CNN reported.

The controversy started when "Crimes of Grindelwald" director David Yates appeared to disappoint some fans in an Entertainment Weekly interview when he said the movie would not directly reference Dumbledore's sexuality.

Rowling had surprised "Harry Potter" fans in 2007 while promoting the book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by intimating that Dumbledore, one of the lead characters in the series as headmaster of Hogwarts, was gay, per the Huffington Post.

"Not explicitly," Yates said when Entertainment Weekly asked if the film makes it clear that Dumbledore is gay. "But I think all the fans are aware of that. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other's ideas, and ideology and each other."

Jude Law plays the young Dumbledore in the new "Fantastic Beast" movie, which will be out Nov. 18, while Johnny Depp plays Grindelwald.

"(Dumbledore's) a maverick and a rebel and he's an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts," Yates told Entertainment Weekly. "He's witty and has a bit of edge. He's not this elder statesman. He's a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing."

That was hardly good enough for some fans on social media who wanted to see the character's gay side explored.

The responses led to Rowling finally chiming in later on Wednesday.
 

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