'Fantastic Beasts' Prolongs Albus Dumbledore's Sexuality Of Convenience

'Fantastic Beasts' Prolongs Albus Dumbledore's Sexuality Of Convenience

When exactly is he meant to be gay?

J.K. Rowling announced over a decade ago that Harry Potter fan-favorite Professor Albus Dumbledore is gay.

However, Dumbledore’s sexuality was not mentioned in the book series. Given that most of the personal lives of the professors in the series remained ambiguous, it was seen as a non-issue. More so, Rowling responded to a critic in 2015 who said that they cannot “see him in that way” by stating, “Maybe because gay people just look like... people?”

Nonetheless, the upcoming November 2018 film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was an opportunity to explore on-screen Dumbledore’s previously ambiguous sexuality. Moreover, Rowling previously stated that young Dumbledore (Jude Law) was in love with the titular character Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), before the latter became a dark wizard.

So, it only makes sense that in a Dumbledore-centric film, we would see a crucial part of who he was as a young man, and how it shaped him into the man he was in later years, right?

Apparently not. We are at crossroads with Rowling stating one thing and the film doing another. More so, the justification that “the fans know that he is gay” is as tired as Rowling’s defensive behavior when fans express their disappointment.

Regardless of whether Dumbledore’s sexuality will be mentioned in future films — Fantastic Beasts is a five-part series, with three more installments after the upcoming one — there is no reason why groundwork could not be laid now. Fans of the series are also growing more discontented with the “behind-the-scenes” approach to the sexuality of LGBTQ characters.

As alluded to previously, when The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates was asked if Dumbledore will be “explicitly gay” in the film, his comments hardly assuaged the suspicion that Rowling is merely looking for “diversity” points.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Yates said, “Not explicitly. 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.”

Remarkably, writers and directors in 2018 remain under the impression that LGBTQ visibility is present even when it is not seen or verbalized. To the contrary, it validates the point made in November 2000 by Ron Cowen, the former executive producer for Showtime’s “Queer As Folk.”

“There are more gay characters on TV now, but they're mostly clowns or eunuchs," said Cowen, in an interview with TIME.

One of the groundbreaking aspects of “Queer As Folk” is that it did not shy away from showing LGBTQ characters as sexual beings, like any heterosexual character when portrayed on TV. So, although it can be argued that Dumbledore’s sexuality did not further the plot of the Harry Potter films, it is difficult to justify why there remains sexual discretion in a film about a younger version of himself and the man who he loved.

Perhaps Twitter user Ashley Poston (@ashposton) put it best when she tweeted the following:

After all, if Dumbledore is not visibly gay in the books and he is not visibly gay in the films — when exactly is he gay?

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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