Even though the Harry Potter books have been on shelves for years, J.K. Rowling continues to reveal new details about the wizarding world she created. One of Rowling’s most famous revelations? That Albus Dumbledore had a romantic relationship with the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. The relationship was not depicted on screen or on the page, but Rowling continues to provide information about it through interviews and social media. And now, the author is under fire for her latest comments.
In a recently released Blu-Ray extra for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Rowling confirmed for the first time that Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship had a “sexual dimension.” However, she said that she was “less interested” in it.
Many Twitter users are mad about Rowling’s comments.
Some felt that her retroactive description of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s bond came too little, too late, since it’s not depicted in the books or movies.
Others pointed out that Rowling might not have said she was “less interested” in exploring a straight couple’s sexual relationship.
Some even felt that her comments about Dumbledore’s sexuality were an attempt to be “trendy.”
According to Mashable, Rowling declined to comment on the backlash.
While Rowling’s attempts to make Harry Potter more inclusive are admirable, it’s one thing to say that something is true of the characters and another thing to actually show it. We’re ready to see her gay characters actually represented on screen. Maybe in the next Fantastic Beasts movie?