Since the release of the first Harry Potter book back in 1997, there has been a rise in the popularity of the wizarding world as a huge pop culture phenomenon. It is a phenomenon that’s spawned incredibly huge movie franchises, as well as theme parks, award-winning Broadway Show, and a studio tour, among others. The result of this immense popularity is the fact that Harry Potter now lives on, well beyond the story’s original ending. While the biggest fans of this franchise have aged well into adulthood, Harry Potter remains popular as ever. Tattoos, as well as college quidditch leagues, make it clear that the diehard fans of this series want it to live forever, and J.K Rowling agrees to this.
The author recently launched Pottermore which is a post-potter encyclopedia. The encyclopedia gives Harry Potter fans more facts about the worlds of favorite characters. During this launch, Rowling revealed quite a lot of information about the world she created, and most of it caught us by surprise and others have occasionally stirred up controversies. These big revelations include:
Dumbledore is gay
You cannot have an epic fantasy with a Hero’s journey tradition without an older wizened wizard there to teach the young and that naive protagonist now to get through challenges and hurdles. In Harry Potter, this wizard is Dumbledore. Albus Dumbledore is the headmaster of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His skills are quite impressive, and his human side is something else. The series begins with Dumbledore watching over the infant and orphaned Harry, a distance from Harry’s aunt home. Eventually, Dumbledore becomes the primary parental figure watching over Harry during the time they shared at Hogwarts. While Dumbledore dies in Half-Blood Prince, the presence and the shadow of Dumbledore appears to loom over Harry’s for the rest of the series.
But besides everything you read and made of this great wizard, there is a lot Harry Potter fans (and even Harry) didn’t know about Dumbledore – that he was gay. Rowling made this revelation back in 2007. Though readers noted the closeness of Dumbledore with the Wizard of Grindelwald when Dumbledore was younger, the book makes you believe that the two were just friends.
So even though you don’t expect a teacher to share the details of their sexual orientation to his students, this reveal caught Harry Potter fans by surprise.
The intense relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald
Ahead of the release, of the first Harry Potter spin-off, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, ten years after the first revelation of Dumbledore’s sexuality, Rowland pushed the issue of Dumbledore’s sexuality again in the prequels that feature Young Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) and Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp). In this prequel, Rowling and the series director David Yates received a serious backlash over the comments made by Yates. Yates stated that the sexuality of Dumbledore would not be addressed directly in the Crimes of Grindelwald though the protagonist was Dumbledore’s lover.
Following the controversy, Rowling announced on Blu-Ray’s release of the film that Dumbledore and Grindelwald has a very intense sexual relationship. This announcement is perceived to have served the purpose of appeasing fans who wanted Dumbledore to serve as an inspirational story of gay characters in pop culture.
Did you know that the wizards vanished their waste?
With many questions lingering about the enchanting world of wizards like the number of students who went to Hogwarts or why the Wizards didn’t take math classes, the one question that riddled most fans has to do with the loos and the pre-plumbing situation. While the bathrooms played a big role in the Chamber of Secrets, the book series doesn’t provide any information about the pre-plumbing situation. To this, Rowland, in a Pottermore revealed an unexpected fact about wizards and the wizarding world – revealed that before the muggles-style bathroom plumbing, wizards pooped on the floor then used the vanishing spell to get rid of the poop.
No Patronus for Hagrid
Harry Potter had a stag Patronus, Luna’s Patronus was a rabbit, and Hermione’s was an otter. But, Hagrid doesn’t have a Patronus.
Hermione broke a wizarding law
When? Remember her bewitching her purse to hold everything they needed in the Deathly Hallows?
You’ve been saying Voldemort wrong all this time
The ‘t’ in Voldemort is silent.