J. K. Rowling has confirmed that there was a â€œsexual dimensionâ€ to Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindewaldâ€™s relationship.
In 2007, after the publication of the seventh and final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling publicly disclosed that Dumbledore was gay and specifically singled out Gellert Grindelwald as the object of his affection. â€œI would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy,â€ she remarked at the time.
She has now given more detail about the relationship on a special feature for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldÂ Blu-Ray. In the Grindelwald films, Dumbledore is played by Jude Law, and Grindelwald is played by controversial hire Johnny Depp.
Rowling says: â€œTheir 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 canâ€™t know, you can believe you know.
â€œSo Iâ€™m less interested in the sexual side â€“ though I believe there is a sexual dimension to this relationship â€“ than I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationship.
â€œThis is a story about two men who loved each other, and ultimately have to fight each other. Itâ€™s a story for the 21st century.â€