While JK Rowling has admitted that Albus Dumbledore was gay in the Harry Potter universe and was in love with Gellert Grindelwald, little was really known about their relationship until now.
With Warner Bros. choosing to downplay the sexual relationship between the two men in the first two Fantastic Beasts movies, Rowling wants fans to know what their relationship entailed, and it sounds like it was pretty intense for the powerful wizards.
Rowling spoke about the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald on a feature for the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray. According to Rowling, the two shared what she called an “incredibly intense” relationship with each other as young men.
“It was passionate, and it was a love relationship,” Rowling said. “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.”
The author went on to say that she isn’t interested in the sexual side of the relationship between the two men, though “there is a sexual dimension to this relationship,” instead choosing to focus on the “sense of emotions” they shared — something Rowling said is the most fascinating part of any human relationship.
While the movie glossed over any sense of the romantic relationship between the wizards, director David Yates agrees that it is still there. He revealed this story is about two men who loved each other but had to end up battling each other.
“It’s a story for the 21st century,” Yates concluded.
The Fantastic Beasts series stars Eddie Redmayne. Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, and Johnny Depp.
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