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'Harry Potter' Author JK Rowling Faces Twitter Backlash for Comments About Gay Relationship Between Characters

Monday Mar 18, 2019

Author JK Rowling is facing a Twitter backlash for comments she made about a gay relationship between two of her characters from her "Harry Potter" franchise.

BuzzFeed reports Rowling made her remarks as part of the special feature for the BluRay edition of "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," the latest film of the "Harry Potter" spinoff franchise. In an interview, she says the characters Dumbledore and Grindelwald were in a relationship.

"Their relationship was incredibly intense," she said, according to the Twitter account The Rowling Library. "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 the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which untimely is the most fascinating thing about all human relationship," she continued.

It didn't take long before fans and Twitter users called out Rowling. Some people mentioned her history of "glossing over queer characters except in interviews." Others pointed out that none of the characters in the "Harry Potter" movies are explicitly gay.

Check out some of the responses below.


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