Good news - Dumbledore is gay!
The article quotes Rowling as saying that this revelation provides some insight into why Dumbledore does some of the things he does in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The HBW thinks that this provides some of the character depth missing from that book.
Personally, I can just imagine Rowling sitting down with a cup of tea and thinking, "All right, the American religious right already hates me... I wonder what I could do to really, really piss them off?" Alternatively, I can imagine her thinking, "The world is right on the brink of finally accepting gay people... what can I do to help that process along?" Rowling has described the series as "a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry." Not a bad legacy for a series of books to have!
The amazing thing is that, with the incredible popularity of the Harry Potter series, I think Dumbledore's coming out might have more of a positive impact on people's attitudes toward gay people than the coming out of any actual, non-fictional person. If we ever needed more proof of the power of fiction to change society, this just might be it.
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