J.K. Rowling Adds More Fuel To The Dumbledore/Grindelwald Fire 

J.K. Rowling Adds More Fuel To The Dumbledore/Grindelwald Fire 

The upcoming Blu-ray release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald features some choices quotes from writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates regarding the are-they/aren’t-they relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald.

Radio Times reports that, on the special features of the disc, Rowling says the following:

Their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship. 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.

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 relationships.

In the same piece, Radio Times also writes that Yates reportedly says, “This is a story about two men who loved each other, and ultimately have to fight each other. It’s a story for the 21st century.”

The history of Yates and Rowling being cagey on the subject of sexuality is well-documented and something very common in Hollywood these days.

But these new comments somehow make things even worse, because now they’re implying this gay relationship is the crux of the whole Fantastic Beasts story. And, if that’s true, almost none of it is dealt with directly on the screen. It’s all implied in the margins. Which would almost be ok if the pair were equally vague about it but, obviously, they are not. Rowling literally says she believes their relationship has a “sexual dimension.”

Rowling is well-known for adding context to her work in the press. Ultimately, though, it comes down to this: In light of these quotes bolstering the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, who here thinks it gets anymore explicit in the next movie? Anyone? Anyone?


  • ffs Rowlings, put a sock in it. Most people are watching it cause its linked to HP, not cause of this nonsense relationship you just happened to want to add to all your characters now.

  • Anyone else feel like all these new comments from J.K Rowling are just her way of staying in the news cycle? Anyone?

  • Typical Rowling hackery. I don’t listen to anything she says anymore. If she meant something to be the case, she could have put it in the books/films.

  • Nothing more than publicity generating trolling at this point. These are imaginary characters – let viewers/readers interpret for themselves based on what they see/read.

  • Are these films aimed at young adults/tweens?
    I’m asking because no one I know watches or talks about these franchises and I suspect I’m just old or out of the loop.

    • Target audience at this point would be 20-30 year olds who grew up with Harry Potter, and to a lesser extent 10-20 year olds who may start fresh with Fantastic Beasts.

      I personally hope they tank because they’re awful. J.K. Rowling has become as bad as George Lucas during the OT remaster days.

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