Stephen Colbert Responds As J.K. Rowling Faces Backlash Over Dumbledore And Grindelwald Gay Relationship Comments

Stephen Colbert joked about J.K. Rowling’s recent comments about Dumbledore and Grindelwald during a “Late Show” segment Tuesday.

While hosting his “Meanwhile” skit, Colbert mentioned that Rowling had finally spoken out, some may say unnecessarily, about Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s “intense” love relationship in the DVD extras for “Fantastic Beasts 2”.

Colbert quipped, “That’s right — Dumbledore was a Gryffindor in the streets, a Slytherin in the sheets.”

The author has been receiving backlash from Harry Potter fans since the news emerged online.

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She said of the characters, according to Mashable: “Their relationship was incredibly intense. 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.”

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“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,” Rowling added.

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