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Is J.K. Rowling hurting the 'Harry Potter' franchise?

In a new feature on the "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" Blu-ray DVD, J.K. Rowling revealed the “intense” sexual relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Rowling has been criticized in the past for announcing diverse traits about her characters post-publication but not including these facts in the literary or movie canons. Some fans want Rowling to put her words into action, while others are satisfied learning new information about the vast fantasy world. What do you think?

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According to The Radio Times, J.K. Rowling revealed that Grindelwald and Dumbledore had an "intense" and "passionate" relationship. During a feature on “The Crimes of Grindelwald” Blu-ray DVD, Rowling commented:

"Their relationship was incredibly intense,” says Rowling. “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.”
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Rowling revealed Dumbledore was gay in 2007, but despite the character's appearance in the “Fantastic Beasts” movie series, Rowling stated Dumbledore's romance would not be portrayed on screen. Fans decried the lack of LGBT representation in the Harry Potter universe, arguing that revealing these facts in interviews while not including them in the canon was hurtful. As Heather Dockray wrote in Mashable,

"But LGBTQ representation still matters, even queer wizard representation, especially in films targeted to children and young adults. And it's dispiriting and predictable to see yet another writer allude to their character having a "secret homosexual life" without being willing to portray it on screen."
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Some questioned if Rowling excluded LGBT characters in order to pacify a homophobic audience.

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Others defended Rowling’s statement, saying she was answering a question that she was posed about her own works. As author Melissa Anelli put it in her Twitter thread:

People can take it or leave it but the second you tell a creative person to stop thinking/writing/creating you’re being an ass."You can have a strong relationship with any story you want and that relationship can develop in any way you want it to: but to pretend the author doesn’t also have that right is super hypocritical. Whatever external material you don’t like, you can just ignore."
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