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20 October 2007 @ 12:50 pm
Dumbledore was gay!  
Rowling Says Dumbledore Is Gay


One fan asked whether Albus Dumbledore, the head of the famed Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, had ever loved anyone. Rowling smiled. "Dumbledore is gay, actually," replied Rowling as the audience erupted in surprise. She added that, in her mind, Dumbledore had an unrequited love affair with Gellert Grindelwald, Voldemort's predecessor who appears in the seventh book. After several minutes of prolonged shouting and clapping from astonished fans, Rowling added. "I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy."
Hollyskyearthandsea on October 20th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
I just flat out don't believe her. I don't know why really. I love her and I love those books and any gay character would tickle me pink (pardon the pun LOL), but I don't think she intended it or believed it as she was writing it. It's just plain not in there and I think it's strange to just announce something like that now. It's almost as if she's trying to stir up some press--she doesn't need it though, so I don't get it.
Tapatitapati on October 21st, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
According to Associated Press:

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.
Hollyskyearthandsea on October 21st, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah okay. That says better what I was trying to say. With 0 reference to it in the books, it's too contrived to impress me. All IMHO, of course.
equani_tsulaequani_tsula on October 21st, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, there are some Xtian homophobe parents having heart attacks right now. What, a gay authority figure? A gay man allowed to work within four thousand miles of a child? (You know they can't restrain themselves around little boys!) LOL

Pffft, it's her books, her characters, and I suggest she probably knows them better than anyone, so I'll take her word for it. Why should she be forced to defend her answer, and what on earth would make her think she'd ever have to prove what she'd known all along with dumb shit like notes passed to movie directors. Sheesh.