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Is Dumbledore Really Gay?

October 24, 2007

No doubt you have heard J.K. Rowling’s retroactive announcement that Professor Dumbledore of the Harry Potter series is gay. Funny, she never developed this in her books. In fact, John Cloud of Time is outraged that Rowling did not make it clear that the wizard was gay in her books. What is Rowling’s point in all this?

Read this helpful blog article on the matter.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Laughing man permalink
    October 25, 2007 5:55 pm

    Who cares? She may well have felt she made it clear enough, even if others didn’t catch on. Perhaps it was explicitly stated in a draft, but her editor held against it.

    Clearly this blog considers it a more significant issue than it really is.

  2. October 25, 2007 7:11 pm

    I have no substantial interest in the matter, though it is a curious post novel development. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. sam permalink
    November 2, 2007 5:43 am

    it’s significant to her, i suppose. note that the question was whether dumbledore ever found true love. instead of a yes/no answer, rowling states: “dumbledore is gay.” (is? present tense? the character is dead!)

    so does being gay have an effect on whether one finds true love or not? my guess is that it shouldn’t have in her stories, but her clues are pretty opaque. but hey, she decided to use that question as soapbox, much as i’m using this comment box…

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