View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dumbledore is gay

Well, JK Rowling let the cat out of the closet, so to speak.

She has acknowledged, that Albus Dumbledore, the beloved and wise (and as of the sixth book, dead) head wizard of Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter world, is gay.

He did always seem to have a certain affection for outcasts (Snape, for example), but it does add a creepy edge to some of those Harry/Dumbledore moments.

This tells us a bit more about her moral vision. Even if she had that in mind as she wrote the series, I question the need to mention this about a positive character (and role model) in a children's book.

Maybe those anti-Potter people had a point?


Anonymous Richard Grabman said...

Um... I hate to tell you this, but Dumbledor is a fictional character. How the character is interpreted may or may not be the same as the author's intent (or, the author may have developed the character's psychic background long after writing her book). And, Ms. Rowling has as much right to critique Harry Potter as Leslie Fielder had to claim a gay relationship between Huck and Jim back in his noted essay of the early 1960s.

For all that, Dumbledor is rather a stereotype -- part of the charm of the Harry Potter books have been the way they make those retro 19th century English Prep School bildungsromans so much fun. So, c'mon, wouldn't you expect an aging bachelor headmaster to have a gay past?

Amanda Marcotte ( has a very interesting essay on this "revelation"

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