Even though she never mentioned about it in the books or the movies, J.K. Rowling recently revealed that there was “a sexual dimension” to Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald’s relationship. The Harry Potter author confirming that there was some reciprocity on Grindelwald’s part to Dumbledore’s affection during a special feature for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray, Radio Times reports.
“Their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship,” Rowling said during the ‘Distinctly Dumbledore’ feature, adding, “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 relationship.”
Rowling also revealed that she left one major clue about Nagini’s backstory in Harry Potter, long before the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald came out. Rowling said, “Now, there were always hints that she had been human. In her name — because the Naga are, in mythology, a race of snake beings. So the name was an allusion to the fact that she may herself once have been human.” According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a Naga is “a member of a class of mythical semidivine beings, half human and half cobra” in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. “Nagini” is the feminine form of the Sanskrit word, sometimes used to refer to a female Naga.