A parody video of best-selling author J.K. Rowling surfaces in light of the backlash over her latest comment about Dumbledore and Grindelwald's sexual relationship, and it's relevant now more than ever. Taking the world by storm in 1997 when she first released the first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Rowling has released six more books in the main saga which inspired a series of films for Warner Bros grossing $7.7 billion at the global box office. Now, the so-called Wizarding World continues to expand in various fronts with spinoff films such as the Fantastic Beasts series and a sequel play titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child among others.
However, while the lore continues to grow with new protagonists to love like Fantastic Beast's magizoologist Newt Scamander, the heart of the mythos remains to be the original books and its characters. Aside from the beloved trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron, Rowling also introduced a slew of pivotal characters such as Hagrid, Snape, and of course Dumbledore who have resonated with a lot of people. So naturally, every single time the author will reveal any additional detail pertaining to any of them, she'll generate buzz - positive or negative.
Rowling's latest reveal, however, wasn't as well-received as she would've hoped for. She got a little bit into detail about Dumbledore and Grindelwald's relationship, saying they were intimate. Fans were particularly irked not only because this information doesn't really mean anything regarding their canonical story but also because how Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald basically glossed over their relationship instead of actually developing it. Given this, a parody video from YouTube content creator Gus Johnson from late last year is garnering attention as it hilariously sums up this whole situation. Watch it below:
It was way back in 2007 when Rowling first revealed that Dumbledore is indeed gay. At that point, only five of the eight Harry Potter movies had been released, and yet this particular detail was never explicitly addressed on the big screen in the succeeding films. Even when she's already openly talking about Dumbledore's sexuality and his relationship with Grindelwald - even becoming a main selling point for The Crimes of Grindelwald, it barely acknowledged this. Given this, many are questioning the reasoning behind Rowling having the need to continuously talk about this when it doesn't impact canon.
Obviously, the video was created as a joke, but it effectively drives the point regarding this issue. Rowling doesn't need to continue to add details to the established story in an effort to make the Harry Potter stories more inclusive. Not only is it a disservice to the characters, but it's also insulting to the fans who love the franchise. Unless her next reveal actually factors in the official canon, then it's best to not give any more comments regarding this matter. And if she really wants to better diversify the lore, perhaps she might want to write lead characters from a minority group for her future stories.
Source: Gus Johnson