JK Rowling says Dumbledore and Grindelwald had a NSFW relationship
Even years after the conclusion of the Harry Potter story, in many ways we've still never left Hogwarts, and author JK Rowling has been only too happy to fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge of the wizarding world. We've had Pottermore to tell us more about the backstories of certain characters, and the history of magic. We've had Harry Potter and the Cursed Child inform us about how Harry, Ron, and Hermione's life turned out years later, and now with the Fantastic Beasts series of movies, we're learning even more about the past.
One character who has ended up being central to the whole story is Harry's mentor Albus Dumbledore, who has been portrayed as a young man by British actor Jude Law. The movie has confirmed fan speculation that Dumbledore had a romantic interest in the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) however now Rowling has spoken explicitly about just how passionate Dumbledore's feelings for his male friend truly were.
In the Blu Ray special feature, Rowling opened up about the nature of their feelings for one another and 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. You can’t know, you can believe you know."
She added: "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 relationship." Meanwhile, director David Yates stated: "This is a story about two men who loved each other, and ultimately have to fight each other. It's a story for the 21st century."
But weirdly enough, this isn't the first time we learned a NSFW detail about the Harry Potter universe. Back in 2012, we learned via Pottermore that Hogwarts didn't have plumbing for hundreds of years, meaning that students and teachers often relieved themselves any old place.
The site stated: "However, when Hogwarts' plumbing became more elaborate in the eighteenth century (this was a rare instance of wizards copying Muggles, because hitherto they simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence), the entrance to the Chamber was threatened, being located on the site of a proposed bathroom."
"The presence in school at the time of a student called Corvinus Gaunt - direct descendant of Slytherin, and antecedent of Tom Riddle - explains how the simple trapdoor was secretly protected, so that those who knew how could still access the entrance to the Chamber even after newfangled plumbing had been placed on top of it."