There were a number of controversies in the run-up to the film’s release – including the ethnicity of Claudia Kim’s Nagini and the mixed response to Johnny Depp’s involvement as the titular villain – and they seemed to affect the film itself.
Then there were a number of head-scratching plot inconsistencies: if Professor Minerva McGonagall was born in 1935, how was she a Hogwarts teacher in her twenties/thirties in 1927? Why was Dumbledore teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts and not Transfiguration?
How did Dumbledore and Grindelwald have their first battle – which killed Albus’s sister – if they were subject to a blood-bond?
Overall it just felt like a needless film that added very little to a franchise that I wasn’t overly bothered about in the first place.
Jude Law was good though.
Now, J.K. Rowling’s made a bit of a name for herself by going back and messing with Harry Potter lore, tweeting ridiculously obvious sentiments to appease – well, I don’t know who they’re for. (Her ‘woke’ additions have actually become a brilliant meme).
And she’s at it again, delving into Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship. Speaking on the special features for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray, she says:
“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.”
That’s absolutely fine – I mean we knew from a 2007 Q&A session that Dumbledore was gay and that his love for childhood friend turned dark wizard Grindelwald became his “great tragedy.”
But why was this completely glossed over in The Crimes of Grindelwald? The film did literally nothing to provide clarification on their relationship so why add it as a footnote after the fact?
It could have made for a brilliant and unprecedented scene.
I don’t know.
What I do know is that those “woke” memes are absolutely right on the money.
Can I share some of them with you? I’m going to anyway.
They’ve nailed it.
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