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J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore and Grindelwald had an 'incredibly intense' sexual relationship


Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, left and Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." (Warner Bros.)

This gives “fantastic beasts” an entirely new meaning.

Harry Potter creator and coolest Muggle around J.K. Rowling has finally expanded on the relationship between beloved Headmaster of Hogwartz Albus Dumbledore and his former childhood friend – and lover – Gellert Grindelwald.

Grindelwald was the ruthless dark wizard whose obsession with world domination sent him to Nurmengard, a prison he had built during his rise to power, but stayed as a prisoner for 40 years until he got killed by he-who-must-not-be-named. Karma is a witch.

“Their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship,” Rowling said in the “Distinctly Dumbledore” feature on the “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” Blu-ray, as reported by Digital Spy.

In 2007, the mastermind behind the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” franchises announced that Dumbledore was gay. Speaking to 2,000 Potter fans at New York’s Carnegie Hall, she explained that he had been in love with friend-turned-dark-evil-wizard Grindelwald, and their love, she explained was Dumbledore's "great tragedy."

More than a decade later, she’s now elaborated on their relationship. “[It] 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.”

Apparently even powerful wizards are just like us.

“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,” she added.