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).
Okay, now we all know the horrible, terrible evil truth: Dumbledore is (GASP!) gay. Predictably, the religious wingnuts in American have gone .. er, nuts. They are throwing away all their copies of the Harry Potter books, are calling for the banning of the HP series, and are re-affirming their godliness by busily writing hatefilled screeds to fan websites and to JK Rowling (oooo, how very christian of them!!). As an example of this outpouring of good old-fashioned christian hatred, Melissa Anelli, who runs The Leaky Cauldron fan website, reported she has been inundated with hate mail.
“My inbox is full of people who wish to let me know that I’m scum for supporting this ‘outing,’; that Rowling should go back to the devil who spawned her. It’s really disgusting. We’re trying to simply ignore it,” said Anelli.
But wait just one danged minnit! Why all the hatred? I mean, Dumbledore was CELIBATE! Isn’t that what the christians say that sexually nonconformist people should do; remain celibate? Dumbledore, after a brief love affair (that might not even have involved any sexual activity — we don’t know), has apparently remained celibate for his entire life. So what is the problem?? Why are christians such reactionary hateful people? Is this a reasonable way to represent christian values where we are to treat others as we would have them treat us, especially when the others happen to be conforming to so-called christian behavioral values? Watching all this happen firmly convinces me that hatred is a christian value, which of course, makes me want nothing whatsoever to do with christians.