Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
[Albus Dumbledore portrayed by Michael Gambon in HP films 3-5]
Image: Warner Bros (2003).
JK Rowling was in NYC’s Carnegie Hall last night, giving a reading from the last book in her literary sensation, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. During the question and answer session following this reading, she made a revelation about Albus Dumbledore that will no doubt outrage certain sorts of people, as if the witchcraft theme of the Harry Potter books is not upsetting enough for them.
Dumbledore was GAY! She has already made sure that the director for the penultimate film in the series, David Yates, was made aware of the truth about her character’s love life. But Rowling revealed this same truth to the public for the first time last night in Carnegie Hall, where she was giving a reading of her last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The revelation came during the question and answer session following the reading;
She took audience questions and was asked if Dumbledore found “true love”.
“Dumbledore is gay,” she said, adding he was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, who he beat in a battle between good and bad wizards long ago.
“Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” she added, saying Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down” and his love for Grindelwald was his “great tragedy”. [complete transcript from the question and answer session]
As author JK Rowling has often pointed out, her books are a prolonged argument for tolerance. By revealing Dumbledore’s sexuality, Rowling not only makes a strong argument for tolerance, but she also shows that gays can and are capable of working with children, especially as the headmaster of a school.
Of course, since the religious wingnuts hate her books for supposedly promoting witchcraft, I am sure that this revelation will no doubt make them wild with rage. But I am curious to know, does Rowling’s revelation change how you feel about Dumbledore? Does it change how you view Dumbledore’s affection for Harry?