It’s long been suspected, but Harry Potter author JK Rowling has finally confirmed Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald had a “sexual dimension” to their relationship.
Previously, Rowling had hinted that the Hogwarts headmaster and dark wizard had been in a relationship during their teenage years, especially after the writer revealed Dumbledore (played by Jude Law in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) was gay and in love with Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
But until now, viewers of the Fantastic Beasts films have had to guess at whether Grindelwald reciprocated his feelings.
“Their relationship was incredibly intense,” says Rowling during a feature on The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray DVD.
“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.”
Director David Yates adds: “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.”
While we certainly won’t be expecting a Grindelwald/Dumbledore love scene on screen anytime soon, many will be waiting to see the two duel in a later Fantastic Beast film.
Although it was revealed in The Crimes of Grindelwald that (SPOILERS) the wizarding pair have a blood pact never to fight, we know from the Harry Potter books they engaged in an epic duel in 1945.
In other words, although they might have been lovers in their youth, this relationship is not going to end well. At all.