JK Rowling Faces Backlash for Glossing over Relationship Between Dumbledore and Grindelwald

It seems as though every few months, JK Rowling resurfaces from the depths of some sort of hole to assert that yes, there were gay characters in Harry Potter…even if they weren’t explicitly stated nor explored within the contents of the series itself. Which begs the question: what’s the point?

The author discussed the supposed fiery passion between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, the only two characters in the book who were later revealed to be in a relationship long after the final book had been released.

“Their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship,” she 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.”

Rowling also stated she believed there was a sexual intensity to their relationship. Her comments stirred fans of the series to question Rowling’s decision to seemingly gloss over the relationship between two gay characters despite its significance.

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