In an interview to Total Film, actor Ezra Miller, who plays Credence in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, talked about the representation of Dumbledore’s homosexuality in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
“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,” he said. “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,” proceeded the actor who declared himself as queer in 2012.
The actor also discussed the early criticism the film got online. “Why don’t you wait until you see the film before you start talking s*** on Twitter? Or wait to make up your own mind about something for once in your life,” he said. “Do your own research. Make up your own mind. Follow your heart, and really, really investigate situations before you identify yourself and pick a side, and start throwing things at the opposition. Because that’s what’s totally screwing everything up right now. And it polarizes us. “ he finished.
Written by [J.K. Rowling] and directed by [David Yates], Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald premiers worldwide on November 16th, 2018.