According to JK Rowling’s recent reveal, in an interview during the special Blu-ray feature of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Professor Dumbledore and Grindelwald indeed had an “incredibly intense” relationship in their youth.
This major revelation marks the end of readers’ speculation of Grindelwald’s feelings towards the Hogwarts headmaster after Rowling revealed that despite the fact that the books and movies don’t mention it, Albus Dumbledore was gay and in love with the dark wizard.
The writer of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast series had previously divulged the details of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s ‘passionate’ love affair in an interview with Radio Times.
"But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows really what the other person is feeling. You can’t know, you can believe you know." (Continue)— The Rowling Library (@rowlinglibrary) March 17, 2019
"So I’m less interested in the sexual side – though I believe there is a sexual dimension to this relationship – than I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationship."— The Rowling Library (@rowlinglibrary) March 17, 2019
Tweeple Remind Rowling That ‘Literally No One Asked for It’
jk rowling announces f(x)'s comeback— krysus (@hiumanature) March 18, 2019
J.K. Rowling: Oh yeah, they had a Wendy's franchise in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley as well.— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) March 17, 2019
No one:— Zach Erhardt (@TakhomaZach) March 17, 2019
J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore and Grindelwald actually met on an app called WizrD
no one:— mulan (@friedjicken) March 18, 2019
j.k. rowling: [talks about how every character in the harry potter universe is possibly gay]
jk rowling reappearing every 2 months to say something literally no one asked about is me adding more random details to my essay to up my word count https://t.co/70D37Xez76— ????? (@DAREDEVllLS) March 17, 2019
Imagine you are a beloved Harry Potter character. What do you think that bird JK Rowling would say about you years later to remain relevant? ? pic.twitter.com/tgqMYV6JMP— Clarkisha Kent: This One Lady (@IWriteAllDay_) March 17, 2019
Even the harry potter mobile game is better at queer representation and diversity than jk rowling— ☘️????☘️ (@daemonenkind) March 17, 2019
Nobody:— raj (@internetraj) March 17, 2019
JK Rowling: quidditch is a metaphor for Brexit https://t.co/KhspnpQJL2
While Some Questioned the Lack of Inclusivity in Books and Movies
J.K. Rowling Confirms Some Characters in Her Books and Movies Are Gay Everywhere Except in the Books or the Movies https://t.co/Y5gcbMWNB9— Eric D. Snider (@EricDSnider) March 16, 2019
jk rowling can log on here and tweet “dumbledore was a dom top” all she likes but the fact remains she actively leaves out any LGBT rep in her books and films so her profit isn’t affected— laura (@lauraw97_) March 17, 2019
I’m lowkey impressed with JK Rowling’s ability to retroactively write-in politically right on messages into her universe long after those struggles have been won, despite creating the fictional universe at exactly the point that those messages might have been useful— Huw Lemmey (@huwlemmey) March 17, 2019
I'd respect it if the movies and books were more LGBTQ friendly versus her just mentioning it in random interviews thus getting kudos from certain communities without putting any skin in the game in the actual content hundreds of millions of people watch & read.— Dare Obasanjo (@Carnage4Life) March 17, 2019
I'm sick of Rowling and her half-assed inclusivity. It doesn't count if she's telling us after the fact. That's not being an ally. That's trying to get brownie points. She loses nothing this way. Put it in the text or don't talk about it all. Same thing with Hermione's race.— ? Lucky Femme | Not a woman ? (@Femme_Queer) March 17, 2019
So JK Rowling has revealed Dumbledore and Grindelwald were in a sexual relationship, but still omits it from the films. Just like Dumbledore being gay. Representation only matters if it’s seen. #HarryPotter #FantasticBeasts— James (@JimmyPound) March 13, 2019
Others Defended Rowling for Her Flexibility
I don't know anything about Harry Potter, nor do I care. But here is a reminder for anyone who is upset with @jk_rowling commenting on the sexuality of characters she invented... THEY ARE HER CHARACTERS IN HER STORY THAT SHE IMAGINED OUT OF NOTHING. They will be what she wants.— Teej (@TJCarpenterShow) March 17, 2019
I’ve never read any of the books, but one of the *best* things about Rowling is that she has so little reverence for her own creations. They’re not fixed works scribed in stone, but parts of culture that evolve with fans. Like George Lucas, she gets grief for this, but I love it. https://t.co/1qHGrDIcSn— Anil Dash ? (@anildash) March 17, 2019
Twitter sure hopes you weren’t just kidding, Rowling.
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