Rowling’s revelations over the years have been like crumbs of highly insufficient info that leave way too many gaps for any concrete answers to ever prevail. The very seeds of random info that feed (often extremely erotic) fanfiction have also caused a lot of controversy over the years, and her recent revelations are no exception.
In a Q&A with Harry Potter fans all the way back in 2007, J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was, in fact, gay. Since the revelation, fans have been scrambling for answers and to no avail. The books lack any real insight into Dumbledore’s queer relationship and for this very reason, people are calling her out for milking what are very minor parts of the whole narrative.
In recording material for the special features bit on the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-Ray release, Rowling has tossed us a few more measly crumbs of info about Dumbledore’s relationship with Gellert Grindelwald, which she explains to be ‘passionate’ and ‘intense’.
“Their relationship was incredibly intense …”
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 routinely reveals random details about characters years after the release of her books, in what fans have dismissed as an attempt to simply feed fresh new deets to fanfic writers. It’s a clever ploy by the author to keep the series perpetually fresh and relevant but it’s got her into some very hot water, and this ain’t the first time.
People are up in arms about the fact that her new revelations about Dumbledore’s ‘passionate’ relationship in fact glosses over queer characters, reducing them and their relationships to sex in media commentary.
Like, way to miss the point and undermine everything you COULD have done to rectify the mistake of leaving Dumbledore’s orientation out of canon. This further reduces queer relationships and queer characters just to sex in media commentary. Which is the last thing we needed.
— Exorcising Emily (@exorcisingemily) March 17, 2019
She’s sparked a whole rampage of mockery among fans for revealing deets that really have no foundation in her narrative structure.
jk rowling reappearing every 2 months to say something literally no one asked about is me adding more random details to my essay to up my word count https://t.co/70D37Xez76
— 𝓈𝒶𝓎𝓃𝒶 (@DAREDEVllLS) March 17, 2019
I’m just glad JK Rowling didn’t write other classic children’s books because I don’t ever need to know shit like Sam I am fucked that ham.
— maura quint (@behindyourback) March 17, 2019
jk rowling : voldemort had no nose because he was a cocaine addict
— lewis buchan (@lewisbuchan) March 17, 2019
us: actual queer representation in the books!
jk rowling: https://t.co/MT9YFYKMzd
— . (@captinmarvel) March 17, 2019
JK Rowling: You know what else was nine and three quarters?
— Genki (@Genki_Rocket) March 17, 2019
Whilst she’s been elevated to legendary status for the masterpiece that is Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling is treading on a fine line when it comes to revealing random, unfounded details of her characters so long after the story naturally came to a close. These crumbs of info, though, are awarding the story an element of immortality that I suspect people are extremely thankful for.
Please, J.K., keep the story alive minus the sweeping comments on queerness. In the meantime, this mockery is undeniably funny. Gosh the Internet is wildly inventive these days.
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