J.K. Rowling previously teased the relationship between the kindly Albus Dumbledore and the evil Gellert Grindelwald. Considering that she outed Dumbledore as gay, fans were left to wonder if this was a one-sided infatuation, but in the bonus features on the ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Blu-Ray, Rowling went into greater detail and revealed that there was, indeed, a “sexual dimension” to their relationship.
As she explained:
“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.
“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.”
Director David Yates added:
“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.”
The epic battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald is a major part of ‘Harry Potter’ lore. So despite whatever their relationship entailed in the past, they will ultimately find themselves as the bitterest of enemies.
So far, there have been two films in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series, with three more planned. While the Dumbledore/Grindelwald is sure to be a major event in an upcoming movie, the movies are largely focused on Eddie Redmayne‘s magi-zoologist Newt Scamander, with a healthy amount of time on the descent of Credence Barebone, played by Ezra Miller.
The third movie was recently delayed in order to fine tune it. Co-star Dan Fogler attributed the postponement to the fact that the third movie is “bigger than the first two combined.
The third ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film was scheduled to be released on November 20, 2020, but it isn’t clear if that will be pushed back, with production having been delayed.
Source: Radio Times