JK Rowling Bravely Goes Into Detail About Gay Relationship She Left Out Of Movie
The 'Harry Potter' author has made some new revelations in the DVD extras of her latest film.
Despite the film receiving mild reviews upon release, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald still managed to draw massive audiences into cinemas.
But with several controversies in the lead-up to release including but not limited to claims of racism over the casting of and reveal of who was playing Nagini, Johnny Depp's continued involvement in the project and -- of course -- the way the relationship at the film's core would be handled.
Rowling had casually announced Dumbledore was gay way back in 2008 -- though it was never featured in the books or films she had a hand in writing. Still, Rowling assured fans of the Harry Potter universe that the headmaster of Hogwarts was definitely a gay wizard and not only that but was in love with the nefarious Gellert Grindelwald.
Cut to a decade later and the spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts decided to focus its second film on Grindelwald, so it was safe to assume at some point the relationship between the two would, in some capacity, be discussed.
In early 2018, Crimes of Grindelwald's director David Yates was asked if the film made Dumbledore's sexuality clear, to which he responded: "not explicitly".
"I think all the fans are aware of that," Yates continued, "He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other's ideas and ideology... and each other."
The film came out -- and the lead characters didn't -- but now Radio Times has revealed in a Blu-Ray extra on Crimes of Grindelwald Rowling has gone into even more detail about the pair.
"Their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship," Rowling says during the "Distinctly Dumbledore" feature on the home entertainment release.
"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," Rowling continues, "which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationship."
So there you have it, for anyone who was desperate to know: Dumbledore definitely had tons of sex. Finally, we can all sleep at night.
The added tidbit, which was left entirely out of the film that starred Jude Law as Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as his lover in the past but not in any of the books or movies.
Rowling is being criticised for, once again, throwing out wild announcements in the safety of being outside the books and films as well as many folks poking fun at how often the author has made these kinds of statements in the past.
Despite being busy spinning the massive wheel in her basement that contains all the other character twists she'll eventually announce, Rowling is also working on the third Fantastic Beasts screenplay --- which will be the third in five films total. That is if the films are successful enough to make it to the fifth.
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