J.K Rowling confirms Dumbledore and Grindelwald were in a ‘passionate’ and ‘intense’ relationship that had a ‘sexual dimension’
J.K Rowling has revealed that Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald’s relationship had a ‘sexual dimension’ which was ‘passionate’ and ‘intense’.
Harry Potter fans have long speculated about the status of the pair’s relationship, especially since Rowling, 53, later confirmed that the Hogwarts headmaster was gay and in love with his former friend.
However, nothing materialised in either the films or the books, with fans left to guess whether the dark wizard ever reciprocated Dumbledore’s feelings.
Romance: J.K Rowling has revealed that Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald’s relationship had a ‘sexual dimension’ which was ‘passionate’ and ‘intense’
Speaking in the Distinctly Dumbledore feature on the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-Ray about the characters portrayed by Jude Law and Johnny Depp in the films, Rowling said: ‘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 then revealed that she was ‘less interested in the sexual side’, adding: ‘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.’
Director David Yates also added his input, saying: ‘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.’
Revelation: ‘Their relationship was incredibly intense. ‘It was passionate, and it was a love relationship’
Unknown: The Fantastic Beast franchise has so far failed to show any hint of a sexual relationship between the pair, with fans having to wait to see how things fan out in later films
He added on the commentary track: ‘I was very conscious of wanting to try to suggest that Dumbledore still held this affection for Grindelwald.
‘There was not just regret, but there was still a love that existed between the two men.’
The Fantastic Beast franchise has so far failed to show any hint of a sexual relationship between the pair, with fans having to wait to see how things fan out in later films.
One things for sure, things between Dumbledore and Grindelwald will certainly sour, with avid readers of the book series already knowing the duo will come face-to-face in an epic dual set in 1945.
Back again: Eddie Redmayne is set to reprise his role as Newt Scamander in the third installment of the Fantastic Beast franchise
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second installment in the five-part Harry Potter prequal.
The next film already has a proposed release date, with Rowling confirming in December last year that she’s finished writing the third one.
Depp and Law are expected to reprise their roles, as well as Eddie Redmayne playing Newt Scamander.