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This Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 20, 2007

Albus Dumbledore, come on down! 

C’mere, you great big gorgeous hunk of gayness, you!

2 Responses to “This Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone”

  1. MEC said

    While most of the responses I’ve seen applaud Rowling for telling the world Dumbledore is gay, one friend has criticized her for keeping him in the closet through all seven books. I think he has a point.

    But I also realize how many parents who permitted or even encouraged their children to read the Harry Potter novels would have been up in arms against them if they contained an openly gay character.

  2. I suspect that Rowling had wanted to explicitly state this, but was stopped by Warner Brothers and Scholastic and Bloomsbury, none of whom would countenance anything that threatened this multi-billion-dollar cash cow. So she had to wait until after the last book came out.

    Another thing I just realized:

    There was a lot of anger directed at Dumbledore by the fans for his avoiding Harry for the first five years he was at Hogwarts. Dumbledore’s stated excuse at the time was that he didn’t want to get too emotionally attached to someone he was going to have to sacrifice to kill the Dark Lord. But now we have another reason: The fear of scandal. Dumbledore’s tenure has been hanging by a thread as it is — he actually is kicked out in both CoS and OoP — and if he’d been seen hanging about Harry from the first, that might have been enough to tip the balance permanently against him.

    When Dumbledore did start associating more closely with Harry in HBP, that in itself was enough to send Rita Skeeter’s scandal-hungry quill into overdrive. Imagine if he’d started doing so when Harry was an ickle firstie. “Chickenhawk” — of the UK wizarding equivalent — would be the mildest of terms hurled at him.

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