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Reality Drama: Gay Wedding Derailed After Groom Plans Surprise Harry Potter Wedding

Twitter is having a field day after an episode of Don’t Tell The Bride.

Don’t Tell The Bride is a British reality show where couples are given money to fund their wedding ceremony. The catch is, only the groom is allowed to spend the money. The bride not only isn’t in charge of the wedding planning, but she (or he in the case below) doesn’t even get to know what the plans are.

As you can imagine, this show premise has the potential to open up a whole can of worms, and it did in the case below.

The latest episode of Don’t Tell the Bride featured gay couple Brendán from Clonakilty in Cork and Victor from Mexico.

The two had been together for a year by the time they decided to get married, but their relationship was tested when they decided to be on this reality show. Victor let Brendán be in charge of the wedding and that backfired on the both of them.

Brendán decided to have a Harry Potter themed wedding with a venue that looked like Platform 9 and ¾, a reception hall decorated like the Grand Hall at Hogwarts, an owl ring bearer, and matching Hogwarts robes for the two grooms.

Problem is, Victor’s never seen or read Harry Potter.

Hilarity, and tragedy, ensues.

And, of course, there were plenty of people laughing it up on Twitter at the low-point of this couple’s relationship.

That said, the couple did get married in the end, so its good that Victor could see past Brendan’s thoughtlessness excitement.

If you’re interested (and in the UK), you can watch Don’t Tell The Bride on RTE Player here.

J.K. Rowling Claps Back At Angry Fans After Reveal That Dumbledore's Sexuality Won't Be "Explicitly" Addressed

Harry Potter fans aren’t happy with David Yates and J.K. Rowling for “straightwashing” a beloved character, and Rowling’s not too pleased at them either.

The reason? Yates says the upcoming installment in the Fantastic Beasts film won’t “explicitly” address Dumbledore’s sexuality.

Back in 2007, after the Harry Potter book series was finished, J.K. Rowling made the announcement that Dumbledore, the beloved patriarch of the series and mentor/father figure to main character Harry, was gay.

She later released information concerning Dumbledore’s past and a certain intense relationship with a friend turned enemy called Grindelwald.

Then, when the new Fantastic Beasts film series came to light, fans were delighted to find out that younger versions of Dumbledore and Grindelwald would be present in the series. Not only that, but J.K. Rowling hinted last year that their prior romantic relationship would be explored.

Rowling said: “Grindelwald is going to become a much more prominent feature moving forward. I can tell you that we do talk about Dumbledore and Grindelwald.

“I’m not allowed to say too much but I can say one thing… we were doing some script sessions the other day, and we always knew it would be more than one movie. But I’ve now done the plotting properly, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”

Now however, it looks like the next film will not “explicitly” touch on Dumbledore’s relationship.

Director David Yates spoke to EW and said:

 “I think all the fans are aware of that. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology and each other.”

He added of Dumbledore: “He’s a maverick and a rebel and he’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts. He’s witty and has a bit of edge. He’s not this elder statesman. He’s a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing.”

As you might imagine, many fans were not ok with this. Many took to twitter to share their displeasure.

But, J.K. Rowling was not having the abuse and bullying being thrown at her, so she posted out the following tweet.

In addition, we must remember the added factor of Johnny Depp. After the rise of the MeToo campaign, many people questioned the inclusion of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the new film series.

J.K. Rowling chose to defend Depp.

“When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he’d be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise,” Rowling wrote in a statement on her website, referencing domestic violence allegations made against Depp by his ex-wife Amber Heard. “Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen.”

Many people were angry at Rowling for taking Depp’s side, and many believe Depp should be taken off the project (including former lead Daniel Radcliffe).

While it is disappointing and upsetting that Dumbledore won’t be open representation for gay men in the next film, this isn’t the end of the story. Perhaps that side of the character is planned to be explored in one of the three other films expected for the series.

Wishful thinking aside, there is now a growing concern of the Harry Potter-world not being a safe place for LGBTQ people.

Two years ago, the script for the Cursed Child play released, and several fans noted the gay undertones between the characters Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy.

While the script ultimately subjugates them to straightness, many fans felt the story could have gone in another direction (if it weren’t pandering to the general market in order to make the most money).

While J.K. Rowling doesn’t deserve bullying or abuse for her writing decisions, LGBTQ fans are justified in their loss of trust for the creator and the series.

We’ll see where we all go from here.

This Harry Potter Star Admits That He Loves RuPaul's Drag Race

It looks like Ronald Weasley himself is a devout RuPaul’s Drag Race fan and he wants everyone to know it.

Rupert Grint has revealed that he is obsessed with the tv show. In fact, he told The Guardian, “I watch [Drag Race] religiously."

Grint spoke to the Guardian to talk about some of his favorite stuff (plays, games, art, etc.). But besides his love of Hamilton and funny t-shirts, Grint also shared what he likes to do when relaxing at home.

It seems that Rupert Grint is a devoted fan who came to the series late, but after binge watching he’s now caught up and completely in love.

“I didn’t know what the drag world was all about so it was really educational. It’s an art form I think a lot of people should know about and appreciate, because it’s really impressive.”

Now, it seems that Grint is not only a fan and one who has his favorite queen (Sharon Needles) and is sharing the love with anyone he can (including his father!).

“I like it when they have to make their own outfits, and I love [drag queen] Sharon Needles, she’s my favorite. It’s really good TV, and I’m constantly trying to get people to watch it. I’ve actually managed to get my dad to watch it.”

Now that’s father/son bonding we can get behind.