J.K. Rowling has done it again. Twitter went mad on Sunday after the Daily Mail reported that the best selling author had said that two of her characters from the Harry Potter universe, Dumbledore and Grindelwald, “were in a ‘passionate’ and ‘intense’ relationship that had a ‘sexual dimension'”.
In truth, the Daily Mail’s headline was unsurprisingly a slight exaggeration. The quote was taken from an interview feature on the Blu-ray release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald where Rowling stated:
“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. 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”J.K.Rowling taken from the DVD feature extras of the Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald box set.
This isn’t the first time Rowling has used Twitter to give fans odd additional information about the Harry Potter universe. Earlier this year Rowling wrote on the official PotterMore Twitter account that before plumbing was installed at Hogwarts, wizards “relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence”.
Nevertheless despite the exaggeration in the Daily Mail headline, the article started to haemorrhage around social media as Twitter users poked fun at Rowling’s recent sharing of weird and unimportant facts about the wizarding world.
While many took Rowling’s odd comments and ran with it to hilarious extremes, the humour and sarcasm covered a simmering resentment amongst Harry Potter fans that the creator of their beloved books was ruining the universe she had created, in order to stay relevant.
Additionally, others made an important point about the hypocrisy of Rowling’s words.
Fans frustrations stemmed from the fact that Rowling often talks openly and frankly on Twitter and in interviews about their being queer characters within the Harry Potter universe, yet the books themselves, and the films spawned from them, fail to highlight any of these characters LGBT+ stories.
Many are confused why Rowling feels she needs to share these odd and incredibly unimportant details about the Potter universe and although her odd revelations undermine the wholesomeness of the Harry Potter books that people grew to love, at least we can all enjoy the resulting memes.