J.K. Rowling Confirms 'Sexual Dimension' Between Dumbledore and Grindelwald
After the "Crime of Grindelwald" was released, everyone was buzzing about the same thing - the charismatic relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Fans waited for literally years to find out the one thing that's been on everyone's mind - Dumbledore's sexual orientation. Although Rowling gave us the answers we were looking for, most fans were left feeling disappointed and betrayed. And here's why.
REVEALED DETAILS ABOUT DUMBLEDORE'S RELATIONSHIP
For those who aren’t already aware, there’s a film extra titled “Distinctly Dumbledore” that can be accessed on the “Crimes of Grindelwald” Blu-ray. Writing J.K. Rowling explained how and why Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship gives us all the answers we were seeking about everyone’s favorite Hogwarts headmaster. Rowling also added that “it's not easy being Dumbledore.”
She continued to add, "He's mistrusted by the Ministry; they know he has this dark past in which he flirted with Grindelwald's ideology. This was the part of 'Potter' that I was most interested in revisiting because the relationship between Grindelwald and Dumbledore is key to making Dumbledore, Dumbledore."
HIS SEXUALITY EXPLAINED
Rowling decided to give her fans exactly what they were looking for. Many were curious about the dynamic relationship between the two characters. In “Crimes of Grindelwald” they are enemies, whereas in the teenage years they used to be very close friends and accomplices.
However, the author went on to explain why she waited to so long to reveal the truth. Apparently, she just wasn’t that interested in putting a label on it.
"Their relationship was incredibly intense, 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."
"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."
After she published her final book in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, Rowling was questioned about the headmaster’s actual orientation. The author then famously revealed the secret that shocked many fans; apparently, she “always thought of Dumbledore as gay.”
FANS WERE LEFT DISAPPOINTED AND WANTING MORE
However, fans were far from happy. Many felt that Rowling was in a sense dishonest. In fact, some fans believed that the author decepted them, and they were left feeling extremely disappointed.
The reason being that Dumbledore’s sexuality wasn’t directly exposed and properly represented in the spinoff film series “Fantastic Beasts.” The wizard that everyone adored so much, was represented as a much younger man, which many believe would’ve been the perfect time to reveal his orientation.
"There are scenes in the movie where I was very conscious of wanting to try and suggest that Dumbledore still held this affection for Grindelwald," Davids Yates, the director, commented in the extra. "There was not just regret but there was still a love that existed between the two men."
"This is a relationship that is compelling and profound and authentic," he continued, "and, alongside all the bells and whistles of adventure and fantasy and beasts and everything else, this is a story about these two men who loved each other. And, ultimately, have to fight each other. It's a story for the 21st Century."
EZRA MILLER COMMENTS ON THE CONTROVERSY
Ezra Miller, who portrayed the character of Credence Barebone, actually identifies as gay in real life. He also decided to comment on the controversial topic, and the decision of not making Dumbledore’s sexuality (more specifically, his attraction to Grindelwald) more obvious in the film.
Ezra revealed just before the release of the sequel, in an interview with Total Film:
"It's a funny idea to me that every form of representation has to look the same,"
"For me, personally, I find Dumbledore's queerness extremely explicit in this film," Miller explained. "He sees Grindelwald, his young lover who's the love of his life; he sees him in the Mirror of Erised. What does the Mirror of Erised show you? Nothing more than the most desperate desire of your heart. If that's not explicitly gay, I don't know what is."
YET ANOTHER TWIST
And that’s not where the controversy ended. They decided to add another twist in the “Crime of Grindelwald” right at the end. Ezra’s character, Credence, was revealed to be Dumbledore’s brother.
Of course, Rowling was questioned about the big reveal in the film extra too. The author stated that "It's at the absolute heart of what the issue is between Dumbledore and Grindelwald,” But, she also seemed to hint at the fact that not everything is as it seems...
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BUT, LET'S NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS YET
"The one big question that gets answered in this movie would be, 'Who is Credence?' But upon that simple question hangs a number of other stories, so make no assumptions," Rowling said in a separate clip.
"Whatever you think you know at the end of the movie might not be the case by the time you get to the end of the third movie... You really have to let this story unfold before you draw real conclusions."
Rowling said it first - we shouldn't be jumping to conclusions right away. In fact, she said so herself that things might not be what they seem, and judging by her comments, there might be another backstory that fans just aren't aware of yet. With that being said, fans are left to their own, connecting the dots until more is (hopefully) revealed in the future.
What do you guys think about Rowling's reveal of Dumbledore's sexuality? Were you just as disappointed, or was it something that really isn't that big of a deal? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to check out our other awesome related articles.