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Albus Dumbledore Outed

29 October, 2007

dumbledore.jpgTime Magazine Reported on the 20th October:

“Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall. 

After reading briefly from the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” she took questions from audience members.

She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds “true love.”

“Dumbledore is gay,” the author responded to gasps and applause.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling said of Dumbledore’s feelings, adding that Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down.”

Dumbledore’s love, she observed, was his “great tragedy.”

“Oh, my god,” Rowling concluded with a laugh, “the fan fiction.”

Potter readers on fan sites and elsewhere on the Internet have speculated on the sexuality of Dumbledore, noting that he has no close relationship with women and a mysterious, troubled past. And explicit scenes with Dumbledore already have appeared in fan fiction.

Rowling told the audience that while working on the planned sixth Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” she spotted a reference in the script to a girl who once was of interest to Dumbledore. A note was duly passed to director David Yates, revealing the truth about her character.

Rowling, finishing a brief “Open Book Tour” of the United States, her first tour here since 2000, also said that she regarded her Potter books as a “prolonged argument for tolerance” and urged her fans to “question authority.”

Not everyone likes her work, Rowling said, likely referring to Christian groups that have alleged the books promote witchcraft. Her news about Dumbledore, she said, will give them one more reason.”

So there you go, it’s official.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 February, 2008 9:00 AM

    quite right, and looking at the relationship between harry and Dumbledore, and as hermione said, “Dumbledore loved you Harry, i just know he did.” it doesn’t come as a shock, but it is interesting.

    Mike Says:- I’m not sure that there were any overtones of paedophilia intended in JK’s books, Dumbledore’s feelings towards Harry were probably only fatherly if anything!

  2. Daphne permalink
    3 November, 2007 8:58 AM

    I don’t think she did it to get herself more publicity – she’s never been the type to court publicity and really she’s quite famous enough. No, I think she did it because she’s just a general Good Thing and didn’t care that it would annoy all the right-wing Christian groups (that’s if you can seriously put the phrase “right-wing” next to the word “Christian” and have it make sense. Which I doubt).
    Also, Emily (who’s my daughter, she says proudly) has always known because she reads books very carefully!

  3. Emily permalink
    31 October, 2007 5:46 PM

    Wasn’t it obvious from book 1?

    My gaydar’s so good that it works on fictional characters, it seems.

  4. 30 October, 2007 10:16 AM

    To be honest, I loved that type of stuff as a kid, so I would probably enjoy it. Those books are real tomes though. So many people have them it’s not like I’d need to buy them; I could borrow 🙂

    Mike says:- Ah, well, that’s where you and I differ in our approach to books, I just HAVE to own. I can’t borrow. I’m a real magpie when it comes to books, which is why I never seem to have any space at home!

  5. 29 October, 2007 11:05 PM

    You may be right, though I would have hoped she’d have more respect for her readers then to mess around like that. Seems a LOT of people seem to take HP very seriously. Ah well, I avoided the HP bug so am just a curious onlooker 🙂

    Mike Says:- You ought to read at least one of the books, from a purely literary viewpoint if anything.

  6. 29 October, 2007 5:41 PM

    It certainly made waves, has been a lot about it (in other blogs) and stuff. Did she do it as a gay-rights thing or to get herself more publicity? I’m not sure. I’m also not massively keen on authors retrospectively saying stuff about characters. The mystery and not-knowing everything about people in fiction is half the fun.

    Mike says:- I just think she’s made her money, so she’s now having fun at our expense, I think she could say what ever she liked and people would just lap it up. When you get to her level of prominence and wealth, it’s easy to be able to sit back and laugh at the little people!

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