Now that Dumbledore and Grindelwald's "incredibly intense" romance is canon, what will JK Rowling make up next?
Every Potterhead has a favorite scene from their favorite book/movie series – the first time Harry Potter catches the Golden Snitch, the part where Dobby holds a sock, the torrid sexual affair between Dumbledore and Grindelwald.
Or wait, did that last one not happen in the books? Or the movies? Or even the Fantastic Beasts spin-off featuring Grindelwald? Was there seriously no mention of either of those characters' sexualities anywhere across the entire Harry Potter canon?
Once again, JK Rowling has offered unprompted insight into Dumbledore's sexuality, this time through comments on the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray feature where Rowling assured everyone that "their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship."
On the one hand, LGBTQ representation is excellent. On the other hand, if LGBTQ representation was actually important to JK Rowling, why were Dumbledore and Grindelwald's relationship/sexualities not mentioned in the spin-off, let alone the books or movies? JK Rowling limiting these character insights to tweets and Blu-ray commentary makes it seem like she wants a point for "representation" and "diversity" within her work without actually writing anything to make those characters representative. In other words, it's cowardly.
Fans are responding in turn, pointing out that this is in no way, shape, or form actual representation.
But others are just wondering what other sexual preferences JK Rowling might retroactively reveal about her beloved characters.
For instance, could Dumbledore's Patronus be changed to something more representative of his apparent newfound sexuality?
Yeah, sure why not. But what's Hagrid into?
Somehow that actually makes a lot of sense. How about Sirius?
Oh, no wonder he turns into a dog. More representation is still needed though.
JK Rowling needs to get on canonizing all of this ASAP.
Okay, we knew that one already. Personally, though, I just want to know more about Dobby's sex life.
Love it. Can't wait for JK Rowling to make all these official.
Until then, maybe she should start working on a new spin-off novel about the Dumbledore/Grindelwald relationship to, you know, utilize that content in a way that actually matters.
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It's a lot of names, which means more invented languages, byzantine plotlines, and family trees with tangled branches to track.
Shortly after releasing a teaser for the much anticipated eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, HBO has announced the newest cast members for its upcoming prequel.
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Joining Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse in Westeros (or Essos, depending on which rumors you believe) will be a slew of faces familiar to UK film and TV fans and Angliophiles alike. Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Denise Gough (Colette), Jamie Campbell Bower (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia films), Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), and Toby Regbo (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) have all signed on to the pilot (to be directed by SJ Clarkson, who is also helming the next Star Trek film) as series regulars. Filming for the pilot will reportedly begin this year for an anticipated 2020 release.
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Information regarding the plot is extremely scarce, though HBO has announced that the prequel will take place 1,000 years before the events of the current series. Such a big jump in time and an equally large cast will surely bring even more invented languages, byzantine plotlines, and family trees with tangled branches to keep track of. As if that wasn't enough to wrap your head around, HBO has announced that there are currently four other Thrones-related projects in development. Though every project may not make it to series, it's clear that the network is already mourning the loss of its 23.3 million international viewer franchise. With the associated revenue from subscribers and merchandising—and the fan/awards love—it's not hard to see why HBO wants to keep warm the seat on the Iron Throne for as long as possible.
Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.
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