The last Harry Potter novel was published 12 years ago. Since then, fans have thirsted for more from the Wizarding World, which is why every post-HP tidbit J.K. Rowling reveals is almost always welcome — like when she once shared wizards can perform magic without wands and that the Mud Blood-hating scum that is Dolores Umbridge had a muggle mother. Her latest revelation, though, was something that should have remained hidden deep within the Chamber of Secrets.
In an interview featured on the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray DVD, the author dished that Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald had a rather, uh, passionate relationship. In 2007, Rowling dropped the bombshell that Dumbledore was always in love with the dark wizard Grindelwald, and now she\’s doubling down on that by implying they\’re freaks in the sheets. Letting slip that wizards can pee anywhere they want is one thing, but making suggestions about Dumbledore\’s sexual life might be pushing it.
“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,” she said in the interview. “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.”
It didn\’t take long for Twitter to catch wind of the revelation and roast the author. If the internet\’s collective reaction could be summarized using a Severus Snape quote, it would undoubtedly be this: “Tell me, are you incapable of restraining yourself, or do you take pride in being an insufferable know-it-all?!” Most of the Twitterverse didn\’t appreciate the comments because some things are better left unsaid.
So, men in love have sex. While we\’d rather not imagine our favorite warlocks doing the dirty, that\’s not a shock. However, Rowling never mentioned the Hogwarts headmaster was queer in any of the books. Years later, his sexuality wasn\’t really acknowledged in the movies, either — not in the original Harry Potter films, nor in the ongoing Fantastic Beasts franchise. At this point, it appears to some fans that her statements are less about inclusivity and more about queer-baiting.
We can\’t imagine Rowling meant any harm, but why hasn\’t Dumbledore\’s sexuality been addressed past a few mild scenes in Fantastic Beasts? If the author would like to explore Dumbledore\’s orientation, she should go all the way instead of casually broaching the topic in a Blu-ray interview.