Do you love and miss the Harry Potter universe? Do you wish you could know more about the magical setting and the characters’ lives? You’re not alone. There are millions of fans around the world who would kill to get a further glimpse of J.K Rowling’s creative settings and know more about the characters we love so much. But, after recent controversial tweets, we must ask ourselves if more is in any way better. J.K Rowling recently took to social media to make some strong statements about Albus Dumbledore, the enlightened and bearded headmaster of Hogwarts and his relationship with Gellert Grindelwald.
In a recent interview with Radio Times, she had the following to say about the relationship: “I believe there is a sexual dimension to this relationship”. She received massive backlash online for claiming that Dumbledore and Grindelwald were in fact in an “intense relationship”. Now, if we look at things with a level head, it’s clear what J.K Rowling is trying to do. Her attempts to be inclusive of the LGBTQ community is definitely in good intentions. This draws back memories of her claim from around two years ago that Hermione was black when she stated that she had never explicitly mentioned the color of Hermione’s skin.
Even if J.K Rowling’s “character modifications” might be humanitarian, we’re all left wondering – How much does this add to the story? The truth? Nothing. In fact, it takes away a certain amount of amusement from the series. Because let’s face it, Hermione is not black, and dwelling on Albus Dumbledore’s past relationships is redundant. Many fans are furious because there is no mention of any of this in the books, and definitely not in the movies. J.K Rowling’s attempts at being inclusive is coming off as “trying too hard”.
It’s really sad when the creator of the universe you love themselves are trying their hardest to change the way you enjoy it. The truth is, there is a huge amount of nostalgia connected to stories like these, and there is simply no changing the way we look at these characters. What’s troubling is where J.K Rowling goes from here. With another Fantastic Beasts film still in production, there is still a lot of hype revolving around Grindelwald, and the recent news may be something many fans cannot unsee.
Right now, J.K Rowling almost seems like someone writing bad fan-fiction of their own novels. Whether or not these are considered canon however, is up to the reader and the viewer, and the joy we derive from them is completely up to us.