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“C’mon, Rowling!”

Posted by scorpiomkm on October 23, 2007

J.K. Rowling outs Hogwarts character

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer Sat Oct 20

NEW YORK – Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: 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.

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When I saw this the other day I thought: Dumbledore??”

Let’s review this, shall we.   : )

For some reason, my brain has a LOCK when it comes to recalling what happened from one ‘Potter Book’ to the other. So …. after I read “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” I re-read “The Half Blood Prince” then “The Order of the Phoenix“. And trust me: during these re-readings AT NO TIME did I ever think (or concern myself) with Dumbledore‘s SEXUAL proclivities!   : )

Gay or Straight …. it didn’t matter to me!

NOW it does!!   : )

Why: because NOW I wonder if Dumbledor‘s sexual tastes didn’t influence his fondness for Harry Potter!   : )

Now I’m not saying that homosexuality necessarily denotes some pedophilia, but Rowling has NOW opened the door for kats like me to wonder a tad about this.

See. This is why authors should NOT EXPLAIN things that aren’t openly revealed in the BOOK! And if the legions of ‘Potter Fans‘ had been speculating about Dumbledore‘s ‘gayishness’ <g>, Rowling SHOULD HAVE just allowed the speculation to be that:

Speculation!!

I’m certain Rowling‘s Publishers appreciated her declaring what Dumbledore‘s sexuality to be, huh! Why …. just think of all the Fundamentalist Christians and other loony Intolerable Groups NOW runningout to purchase a ‘Harry Potter’ book for the kids. Especially since these ‘do gooders’ have long been harping against the Series for promoting Witchcraft or other non-Christian Ideas!!

Rowling did a Great Disservice both to the Literature, as well Culturally. Because believe me: a LOT of parents will shield the Series from their little ‘crumb snatchers’ since we NOW KNOW of Dumbledore’s physical LOVE of boys.

I’m disappointed in Rowling.

Hell! For the longest …. I thought Harry displayed more Gay tendencies than the Professor!!   : )

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