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Dumbledore was gay all along October 28, 2007

Filed under: Media Commentary — NYU WIC @ 7:18 pm

dumbledore.jpgLast week, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling surprised audiences by announcing that Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts, was gay.

The response has been mixed: some responded favorably, while others attest that the announcement was no more than a politically-motivated publicity stunt done to boost sales, claiming that there was no hint that Dumbledore was gay throughout the books.

Rowling insists this is not the case, because it “was a key part of the ending of the story.” In regards to the politics of Dumbledore, she said, “It certainly wouldn’t be news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love another man…”

Should we care about the orientation of a fictional character in a series of children’s books? Maybe not, but it certainly shows our progress as a society. A character in a children’s book can now be homosexual without it being crucial to the storyline; it can be a quality no more or less important than hair color, so normalized that it can be mentioned in passing and no plot conflict arises.

 –Ellie Fye


One Response to “Dumbledore was gay all along”

  1. By now this is old news, but I just found this blog……. better late than never, right?

    In retrospect I feel dumb for not realizing Dumbledore was a homo. He was gentle, kind, a great leader, had rockin’ glasses, and wise. Plus a killer wand. What more could a gay man ask for?!

    I think it’s great that J.K. revealed that he was gay, but wish that she had done so in the book. The fact that she didn’t (probably because of editors) says to me that Harry and Gang were much more than characters in a book. It makes them more real to me that they had facets not talked about.

    Really like the blog.

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