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Author of “Harry Potter” J.K. Rowling has revealed that the characters Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald had a sexual relationship.

The confirmation followed Rowling’s revelation in 2007, after the final book had been released, that Dumbledore was gay and he had feelings for the dark wizard Grindelwald.

But it was never clear as to if they acted on these gay claims or indeed if the feelings were reciprocated by Grindelwald.


While promoting “The Crimes of Grindelwald” Blu-ray release, Rowling spoke to Digital Spy and said the relationship progressed to being of a sexual one.

“It was passionate, and it was a love relationship,” Rowling 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.

“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.”

JK Rowling
JK Rowling

When the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, which features Dumbledore and Grindelwald as younger men, was released fans were upset when director David Yates said Dumbledore wouldn’t “explicitly” be shown as gay.

However, Yates noted: “They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology and each other.”

Last Updated on Mar 14, 2019

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