JK Rowling has confirmed Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s sexual relationship. The renowned best-selling author has made a variety of declarations over the years, regarding both the wizarding world, as well as the characters she developed while writing all seven Harry Potter books.
At times, Rowling’s statements have caused controversy – such as her use of a Native American legend to aid in illustrating the history of magic in North America, or even her revealing that Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore is her favourite character from the Harry Potter series. Fortunately for her, Rowling’s status as one of the most successful authors in history is firmly in place and any controversies regarding her continued exploration of Harry Potter’s world are typically short-lived, with the fearless author always offering well thought out and considered insight into the announcements that she makes.
This, of course, isn’t the first time that Rowling has spoken about Dumbledore’s sexual orientation. Back in 2007, the author first revealed that Dumbledore was gay, prompting anger among some, but eliciting an overwhelmingly positive response from the majority of fans worldwide. In fact, many fans were upset when it was later revealed that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – the second film in Rowling’s spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – would not contain any open references to Dumbledore’s sexuality. Though Dumbledore did state that he and Grindelwald were closer than brothers, it was indeed a tiny insight into the private life of a great character who still manages to fascinate fans after over a decade after the story endedˇ.