Writer J. Rowling's revelation that two "Harry Potter" characters were in a gay relationship has sparked an angry backlash, with some fans accusing her of changing her books to keep up with social trends. In Rowling outed Albus Dumbledore, the head of Hogwarts school in the best-selling books, saying he had fallen in love with Gellert Grindelwald - a fellow wizard. Retroactive continuity, or "retcon" - whereby authors or film-makers retrospectively change original storylines, often to bring them into line with modern views - is becoming more common. Marvel Comics came under fire for making the lead character of its latest movie "Captain Marvel" a woman - even though he was male in the comic series the film is based on. Rowling has previously been accused of retroactively trying to insert diversity into a series dominated by white heterosexual characters, such as when a black actor was cast as Hermione in the play "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child".
J.K. Rowling on Dumbledore-Grindelwald Gay Relationship Causes Controversy
Trans Advocate, a pro-transgender social media account, made the news public on their Twitter page. It makes me angry for all the trans women harmed by this! You speak a lot about taking a stand on what you believe in. Here's your chance.
JK Rowling’s late attempts to make Harry Potter more diverse does nothing for LGBT+ fans like me
Even though the Harry Potter books came to a close when the seventh entry in the series was published in , that hasn't stopped author J. Rowling from adding to the larger lore of her wizarding world. With an Olivier and Tony-winning play that will probably live on the West End and Broadway for all eternity, and the Fantastic Beasts franchise chugging right along, Rowling has figured out how to mine her fantastical brain for content better than any blogger ever could.
While my initial gut instinct is to be grateful for any type of queer representation, the reality is that mentioning it in passing and excluding it from the film does not count as diversity. Snider EricDSnider March 16, For fans, it was exciting to finally have queer representation in the Harry Potter universe. When we, the collective Harry Potter fandom, found out that the five-film Fantastic Beasts franchise would be focusing on Grindelwald, we got our hopes up. Surely, surely, their relationship has to be mentioned at some point, if not shown in flashbacks.