In the new addition to Potterverse, Fantastic Animals: The Crimes of GrindelwaldNovember 16, fans of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world will finally get a chance to watch the young version of Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) in action. Of course, since the whole movie revolves around the villain of the series, Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), the relationship of Grindelwald and Dumbledore is one of the most important in the film. Dumbledore and Grindelwald not only represent powerful wizards on opposite sides of the scale of good versus evil, but also have a complicated history that the second Fantastic Animals movie portrays … kind of. Great spoilers ahead.
In The crimes of GrindelwaldDumbledore acts as a sagacious mentor to the protagonist of the film, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). After Dumbledore discovers that Grindelwald escaped from prison and fled to Paris, the future director of Hogwarts advises Newt to go to Paris so that the magizoologist can find Credence (Ezra Miller) before Grindelwald. As for why Dumbledore can not go to Paris, the mighty magician explains that it is because of Grindelwald. This intriguing revelation later is explained, when a contingency from the Ministry of Magic appears at Hogwarts to rebuke Dumbledore for sending Newt.
While visiting Hogwarts, the Ministry officials tell Dumbledore to stop Grindelwald, but Dumbledore refuses to fight him. One of the parties evokes the memory of a young Dumbledore and Grindelwald, facing each other. It seems they might be bending over to hug, but then the kids turn into adults, and they're staring at each other. When it is said that they were "like brothers," Dumbledore tells the group that they were actually closer than that.
Later in the film, Dumbledore looks at the Mirror of Erised, which is thrilling by itself, but what he sees is even more interesting. The mirror shows Dumbledore and Grindelwald as teenagers, the two boys cutting their hands, then using a spell to match their blood and split it in half so that each man can carry it in a pendant. Earlier in the movie, when Grindelwald escapes from custody, he seems to use the item.
At the end of the film, Newt sees the charm of Dumbledore with the combined blood and identifies it as a blood pact. "You swore you did not fight against each other," says Newt. This clarifies an earlier scene from the film in which Grindelwald tells Credence that he is the only one who can kill Dumbledore. It is not that Grindelwald does not have the ability or the power to do so, but he would probably also die if he killed Dumbledore because of the blood pact. As GQ A blood pact is an unknown term in the Potterverse, but it sounds like the Unbreakable Vote, which would kill any wizard that would challenge him.
In the end, Newt asks Dumbledore if he can fight Grindelwald if he destroys the charm of the blood pact, and Dumbledore replies, "Maybe." Clearly, the end of Fantastic Animals The five-part series will end with the reversal of the blood pact because Pottermore claims that Albus Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald in 1945. They are not in this movie.
Not only the lack of interaction between Dumbledore and Grindelwald will disappoint the public, but also the fact that the film does not explicitly portray Grindelwald and Dumbledore as former lovers. In 2007, J.K. Rowling told an audience in New York that Dumbledore is gay, for The telegraph. Not only that, but Rowling explained that Dumbledore had fallen in love with Grindelwald before the latter was consumed by the Dark Arts. After Dumbledore's heart was broken, he defeated his rival, and Rowling considered the relationship as a "great tragedy."
The film leaves the relation until the interpretation, since the visions seem intimate and even romantic. But the new film is so vague that fans have the right to feel cheated by an important gay love story that would complicate Dumbledore's feelings about Grindelwald. Of course, the professor seemed to suggest this in his comment about how close they really were, but the LGBTQ + community deserves a romance among men that it is proudly stated rather than vaguely implied.
Maybe next time Fantastic Animals The novel by Grindelwald and Dumbledore will finally be revealed more directly. For now, we can only hope.