Dumbledore is gay
Mon Oct 22 2007
During a rare public reading at Carnegie Hall Friday night, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling once again left her readers something to speculate about; she outed one of Potter’s main characters!
Albus Dumbledore, Harry’s gray-bearded wizard mentor, is gay, Rowling said to answer a young reader’s question during the Q&A session. According to the Associated Press, the fan had asked if Dumbledore ever found true love.
Dumbledore’s supposed crush? Gellert Grindelwald—Dumbledore’s one-time BFF and the dark wizard he later defeats. If a reader delves into the emotional motivations in Dumbledore’s life—the fact that he waited for five years to attack Grindelwald, for example—one can find subtle traces of his unproclaimed love, the AP reports.
Okay, we guess this passage might be construed that way:
In a letter to Grindelwald, Dumbledore discusses their plans for gaining wizard dominance: "'(I)f you had not been expelled we would never have met."”
Although the beloved Hogwarts’ headmaster’s mysterious past makes Rowling’s theory feasible, one can’t help but wonder if she truly decided on his sexual orientation while writing the series. Is there a chance that Rowling came up with her statement on the spot? After all, close and doomed friendships dominate literature, even when gay undertones aren’t made explicit. We are all for teaching tolerance through literature, but perhaps writing Dumbledore’s true feelings directly into the books would have been the braver choice for Rowling. What do you think? Did you have any idea about the great wizard’s sexual preferences, or were you as blind-sided as we were?
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