Explanation For Albus Dumbledore And Gellert Grindelwald's Relationship Origins Revealed

Harry Potter fans have been questioning the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald for some time now, and we have finally come to a conclusion regarding this matter. When it comes to character-play in a movie, their relationships can either make or break the plot and in this case, rather tragic.

So, let’s take a more in-depth look into this love that was not meant to be.

When it comes to pivotal times in wizarding history, the connection between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald is indeed the key to understanding it all. It is something that fans can now find out in Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald. 

This is why Harry Potter fans were so upset by Warner Bros. and director David Yates when they announced that Crimes of Grindelwald are not going to address the sexuality of Dumbledore. These are things the fans need to know!

“This is simply not a matter of Dumbledore and Grindelwald being good childhood friends,” J.K. Rowling stated in 2007. Apparently, Dumbledore was madly in love with the dark wizard. His adoration for him grew, and played a crucial part in a catastrophic turn of events for both of them, not to mention the entire wizarding world-at-large.

“Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling said at the time, and went on to describe the love Dumbledore had for Grindelwald as a “great tragedy”. It does indeed sound like a tragedy, as many love-stories are.

Crimes of Grindelwald explores his transformation into a dark wizard, and Dumbledore’s painful quest to stop him from achieving his very Ur-Fascistic philosophical goals. We can surely understand the frustration of the fans. Thankfully, we get a bit of insight from the cast members and some clarity on how Yates aims to handle this relationship.

If you haven’t seen the new Fantastic Beasts trailer yet, be sure to check it out because The Mirror of Erised appears halfway through. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll instantly recognize the mirror which captivated Harry in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

That scene was unforgettable, and anyone in that situation is longing a loved one would also be lost in the mirror’s spell of delusion. Just to recap, in this movie, Harry went on one of his nightly strolls which led him to the abandoned mirror which turned into a fantastical wish fulfillment as it showed him a world where his parents were still alive.

This is what the Mirror of Erised does. It casts an image of what the person standing before it genuinely desires. A nasty piece of trickery if you ask us. When Dumbledore stands in front of the Mirror in the Fantastic Beasts trailer, he sees none other than Grindelwald. His relationship to both Grindelwald and the Mirror are a big part of Harry Potter lore.

Rowling penned a blog post for Pottermore, which is a website dedicated to everything you’d ever need to know about Wizarding World, that “Professor Dumbledore makes key modifications to the mirror (which has been languishing in the Room of Requirement for a century or so before he brings it out and puts it to work)”.

Initially, the mirror was packed away, but Dumbledore specifically dug the mirror back out in Harry’s first year as an attempt to hide the Philosopher’s Stone, which was created by Nicolas Flamel, from Voldemort. There is, however, the insinuation that he has already used it in the past, alongside other Hogwarts professors.

Rowling only gave us one real glimpse into Dumbledore’s thoughts on the Mirror and its wicked capabilities that came through in a conversation with Potter in The Philosopher’s Stone. “It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts,” Dumbledore told Potter. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”

This was rather sad, as we knew those thoughts and desires would never amount to anything more than an image reflected by the mirror. Rowling also added a few more notes regarding the mirror in that same Pottermore blog post, stating, “Dumbledore knows that life can pass you by while you are clinging on to a wish that can never be — or ought never to be — fulfilled.”

“The mirror is bewitching and tantalizing, but it does not necessarily bring happiness,” she added. This we can agree on because Harry would not leave the mirror once he was captivated by the images he and he alone could see.

Grindelwald was the object of Dumbledore’s desire, and not surprisingly, this is who he saw in the mirror, signifying the value of their relationship. This is especially true as Dumbledore fought against Grindelwald’s group of pre-Death Eater supremacists who viewed Muggles, known as non-magical people, as less than wizards and witches.

We definitely remember those creepy creatures. Although the scene acted as proof that Grindelwald is Dumbledore's deepest desire, that didn’t explicitly address the two’s relationship. Jude Law, the actor who plays Dumbledore, told Entertainment Weekly after the trailer debuted that Grindelwald acts as a sort of temptation for Dumbledore.

That surely is a big temptation, don’t you agree? “It’s no secret that there was an incredibly intense relationship shared by these two in the past,” Law said. “Grindelwald sits very much at the center of Dumbledore... his desires, but also the darkest parts of himself.”

He continued, “And in a way, I think that’s what Grindelwald perhaps symbolizes for everyone: he’s temptation. He kind of empowers you but he also, I suppose, opens up the worst parts of you.” Law’s statements happen to hint at a romantic history between the two.

However, his caveat about “powerful beings” acting as temptation does seem to lead the fans to more questions about what that relationship will look like on screen. Jude’s words echoed what Yates said in February, who also spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the relationship.

 “He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men,” Yates declared. “They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology and each other.”

If you’re a fan like us, and can’t wait to see how this relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald plays out, be sure to go and watch Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald on the big screen!

We hope you enjoyed this insider into the magical realm of wizardry and witches, and don’t forget to share it with your friends, as this is a treat for the whole family! Remember to keep up-to-date with us for more exciting news on your favorite movies!

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