Poor Dumbledore. The world’s most powerful gay wizard still can’t find love on screen.
In a feature for the DVD and Blu-ray versions of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald released on March 12, author J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore had an “incredibly intense” “love” relationship with Grindelwald, adding that she believes that “there is a sexual dimension to this relationship.”
Of course, there were no scenes in the film that even nodded to this dynamic.
Here’s how the author described their relationship in the interview:
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. 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.
Listen. Unlike some folks out there I’m not particularly interested in wizard sex (though full respect to those who are).
But LGBTQ representation still matters, even queer wizard representation, especially in films targeted to children and young adults. And it’s dispiriting and predictable to see yet another writer allude to their character having a “secret homosexual life” without being willing to portray it on screen.
You sit down on a couch in JK Rowling’s house and she’s like, “Careful, Dumbledore got railed there.”
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) March 17, 2019
dumbledore being gay is the most far fetched shit that jk rowling has come up with. i don't remember reading that he sat improperly in chairs, changed his hair style as a coping mechanism, was obsessed with lana del ray, and was happy and depressed at the same time.
— 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔟𝔦𝔱𝔠𝔥 (@yourlocalgaymom) March 17, 2019
We didn’t need Dumbledore and Grindelwald to get married at the wizard altar. I, for one, would have loved for them to have at least shared a butterbeer and have one round of footsies at the local wizard Applebee’s.
Alas, that part of their never-depicted “incredibly intense” “love relationship” will only appear in my fantasies.