When JK Rowling revealed that Dumbledore is, in fact, gay, every fan wondered how they’d never realised before. Now, nearly 10 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published and Rowling made the announcement about Albus, the author has finally revealed exactly who he was in love with. J.K. Rowling said: ‘Dumbledore fell in love with Gellert Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was… Do we say it excused Dumbledore a little more because falling in love can blind us to an extent? But he met someone as brilliant as he was, and rather like Bellatrix he was very drawn to this brilliant person, and horribly, terribly let down by him.’
Have you seen The Greater Good, a 17-minute fan film about Dumbledore and Grindelwald? Made before the first Fantastic Beasts movie was even a thing, this little wonder tells the story of how the two powerful wizards broke off their previously intense, long-running relationship. It also features Albus Dumbledore’s little sister, Ariana, and the sad events at the end of the boys’ world-traveling love affair. Aberforth, the other Dumbledore brother, also plays a leading role.
The feature’s not bad. I’d even say it was really good, if the wand fight didn’t drag on so long.[pullquote] I’d also have liked to see some more scripted moments between the characters, and some backstory before the duel gets going. But it’s got decent filmatic qualities for a fan piece[/pullquote], a nice (and inexpensive) beach-side setting, good costumes, and acting that works for the story being told. A few of the special effects are cringe-worthy, but we should probably cut these amateur filmmakers some slack.
Albus, Aberforth, and Gellert look great. Ariana is way too old to fit in with the Harry Potter novelizations and her painting in the Deathly Hallows 2 movie, but I guess we can overlook this in honor of the greater good.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP
The Duel between Albus Dumbledore and Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald took place in 1945, before Dumbledore’s ascension to the position of Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and ended the Global wizarding war. According to Elphias Doge, people still say that no duel ever matched it.
Decades before the legendary Duel, Gellert Grindelwald had come to Godric’s Hollow to stay with his great aunt, Bathilda Bagshot. He became friends with the seventeen year old Albus Dumbledore, and they both became obsessed with the powerful objects known as the Deathly Hallows. This trio comprised the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility.
The plans became more and more far-fetched. Albus’s younger brother, Aberforth, intervened and pointed out the impossibilities of the scheme. Gellert quickly became enraged and the three began to Duel. Ariana Dumbledore was killed in the process. This caused the end of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s friendship, and forced Grindelwald to flee, going on later to raise an Army in an attempt to continue his plan of wizarding domination.
Grindelwald soon tracked down the Elder Wand, stole it from Gregorovitch, and began to amass power. As his machinations played out over the next 45 years, he became one of the most powerful Dark Wizards in history, and a serious threat to the Wizarding World. Meanwhile, Dumbledore had become the Transfiguration Professor and Deputy Headmaster of Hogwarts, and gained a considerable reputation for his wisdom and achievements along the way.
As Grindelwald gained power, public opinion grew that Albus Dumbledore would be the only one able to stop him. Dumbledore, still haunted by his history with the dark wizard, procrastinated. Unbenknowst to most, Dumbledore was actually unable to confront Grindelwald directly: in their youth, the two wizards had sworn a blood pact, sealed in magic, not to fight each other. The vial that had sealed the pact was kept by Grindelwald for years until it was stolen in 1927 by Newton Scamander. Dumbledore believed that it might be possible for him to destroy the blood pact when it was given to him by Newt, but seemed unsure on whether he would succeed.
At some time before 1945, the blood pact was destroyed by unknown means. With the outcry having become too vocal and Grindelwald’s actions too horrible for Dumbledore to ignore, he confronted his old friend.
The duel was one of the most well known duels in the world, and one of Dumbledore’s most famous moments, with Dumbledore winning the duel and the Elder Wand’s allegiance. According to Elphias Doge, eye-witnesses speak of the terror and awe they felt as they watched the extraordinary Dumbledore and Grindelwald do battle, and proclaimed that no duel ever matched theirs.
Gellert Grindelwald was captured and detained in the top-most cell of Nurmengard, a prison that he himself had constructed to hold his enemies. According to Elphias Doge, Dumbledore’s triumph and its consequences for the Wizarding world were considered a turning point in magical history to match the indroduction of the International Statute of Secrecy, and the downfall of Lord Voldemort. Grindelwald remained there for the rest of his life until his death at the hands of the only Dark Wizard more dangerous than himself, Lord Voldemort, after refusing to give him information about the Elder Wand.
Albus Dumbledore returned to his place in Hogwarts, and eventually became Headmaster until his death in 1997. His victory in this battle would be published on his Chocolate Frog Card and award him an order of Merlin first class.