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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Good news - Dumbledore is gay!

Yesterday, my hot Belgian wife sent me a link to this Retuers article (article has book 7 SPOILERS) in which J.K. Rowling reveals that beloved Hogwarts school headmaster Albus Dumbledore is gay. The article says that Rowling revealed this during a speech at Carnegie Hall, and that when the audience heard this, they fell silent, then broke into wild applause.

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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4 Comments:

Blogger TDEC said...

Really, I think she was just trying to console her gay fandom for making Snape straight.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Jake said...

I can't believe that JK said that about Dumbledore... I always thought that he had an affair with Mcgonagall!!!
Someone made a video with some Dumbledore scenes...
http://www.weshow.com/us/p/20390/dumbledore_glad_to_be_gay
Hilarious isn't it? LOL

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 10:41:00 AM  
Blogger ΕΡΜΕΣ said...

i heard Drek's mom was gay, too!

*ZING!*

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Annick said...

Good words.

Monday, November 10, 2008 6:49:00 AM  

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