On The Lighter Side of Things…

Since the blogosphere seems to have developed this fixation on Dumbledore’s gayness, I guess I should weigh in on this. I have never read the Harry Potter books and I’ve only seen the movies. There isn’t much to characterize the mysterious Albus Dumbledore except that he’s asexual, fond of wearing glittery, floor length dresses, and doles out blessings to children. In other words, he’s fiction’s good version of the Pope.

I started reading The Sorcerer’s Stone, and where Harry Potter gets a Dumbledore trading card gives some brief biographical info:

Considered by many to be the greatest wizard of all time, Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the dark wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon’s blood, and his work on alchemy with his partner, Nicholas Flamel. Professor Dumbledore enjoys chamber music and tenpin bowling. pg 103

Partner seems to be the key word in this intro to J.K. Rowling‘s addition to fictional gay sainthood. Arguably, partner is one of those open ended words. It could mean anything. If Rowling knew he was gay the whole time, she put it in early on.

I’m not done with the book, so I don’t know what other clues exist. Then there are the six other volumes. I’m sure the major Harry Potter geeks who have pored over every word can weigh on on this issue in more detail. As for those who only have to movies to go on, don’t you know they’re not canon? They’re simply expensive fanfics with Rowling’s blessing.

5 thoughts on “On The Lighter Side of Things…

  1. hey shindo,i think it’s all just a publicity stunt keep up book sales and encourage a new gay fan base.if dumbledore was supposed to be gay why was it an afterthought now. it could have made for some other interesting storylines and introduced homosexuality to kids and made it “cool”.most people already realize that we gays do have the most powerful magical powers, but its the kids that need to be convinced at an early age. LOL

  2. It’s interesting that homophobia or anti-gay attitudes amounts to a fear of faeries, so the magic’s been acknowledged for a long time. Only, some people are afraid of it.

  3. I don’t really know what all the fervor is about, but I have over 100 hits this past week from the search term “dumbledore and grindelwald”. I don’t really care about HP, I’ve never read the books, but I love all the attention. :)Also, if you’re still posting, then the flames haven’t reached you. Good to know.

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