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J.K. Rowling’s latest ‘Fantastic Beasts’ reveal is bringing the memes
In the commentary on the Blu-Ray edition of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, author J.K. Rowling declares that Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald had a “love relationship” that was “incredibly intense” and had a “sexual dimension,” according to Radio Times. And of course, the new revelations are bringing in the memes.
Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was gay in 2007. Twelve years after the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, came out, Rowling is still dropping crumbs about the personal lives of the series’ characters—on Twitter, on the Pottermore website, and in new books. But Rowling’s latest comments have fans rolling their eyes.
JK Rowling: Dumbledore had sex with you once and you didn’t even know it,” tweeted user @QuintaBrunson.
JK Rowling: Dumbledore had sex with you once and you didn’t even know it
— Quinta. (@quintabrunson) March 17, 2019
“i would text Grindelwald like ‘wyd’ and he would be like ‘crimes??’ and i knew it was on. crimetime, that was our code. we did this by owls,” joked @jacobtwop.
i would text Grindelwald like "wyd" and he would be like "crimes??" and i knew it was on. crimetime, that was our code. we did this by owls
— SxSFW (@jacobtwop) March 17, 2019
Lots of Twitter users got in on the NSFW fun:
JK Rowling will never conjure a sexual relationship that rivals what my wife and I do in real life every other Friday afternoon at 4:30 😉 🧚♂️
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 17, 2019
if jkr wanted me to believe dumbledore and grindelwald were boning 24-7 they really should’ve stuck with colin farrell
— sheila girlface (@buttcasino) 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
Anybody: Harry P—
— oh hi marx (@OhHi_Mark) March 17, 2019
jk rowling: professor quirrell was into pegging.
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) March 17, 2019
JK Rowling: Dumbledore threw the first brick at Stonewall.
— Brandon (@blgtylr) March 17, 2019
Of course, some took the opportunity to make a political point about Rowling’s use of marginalized identities in her work. She has faced criticism for declaring some characters to be gay, but refusing to really represent that in her works.
“I’m lowkey impressed with JK Rowling’s ability to retroactively write-in politically right on messages into her universe long after those struggles have been won, despite creating the fictional universe at exactly the point that those messages might have been useful,” wrote @huwlemmey.
I’m lowkey impressed with JK Rowling’s ability to retroactively write-in politically right on messages into her universe long after those struggles have been won, despite creating the fictional universe at exactly the point that those messages might have been useful
— Huw Lemmey (@huwlemmey) March 17, 2019
Rowling has a history of revealing tidbits no one asked for about the Hogwarts universe; in January, for instance, she revealed information about Hogwarts’s plumbing history.
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.