On Saturday the 20th of October 2007 in New York, Dumbledore turned gay. If you think I’m going insane, I’m sorry to tell you I actually am in my senses but J.K. Rowling seems to have lost hers alright.
During her tour to America, one of the fans asked J.K. Rowling if Professor Dumbledore ever found true love to which J.K. replied that he’s gay. As expected, it was followed by silence and then applause. And Rowling went ahead to say that she would have told them before if she had known that the news would make them that happy. She went ahead to say that Dumbledore was in love with Gellert Grindelwald whom he eventually defeated in one of the most memorable duels according to the seventh book – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
She said that Dumbledore was “terribly let down” by Grindelwald and that his love was a “great tragedy”. You don’t believe me right? Check out this news item by BBC here.
I must confess that I don’t think a lot about this so called “shocking revelation”. It’s amusing. After ending the seven book series, she just comes up and says Dumbledore’s gay. Not even once while reading the seven books did I feel that he was gay at any moment. Potter fans though claim that they already had an idea about this because Dumbledore was never really “involved” in a close relationship with a woman. Well that’s hardly a logic, we thought he was too busy with the students to go around mating with some female. And going by that logic, I can conclude that McGonagall is a Lesbian and she had an affair with Dolores Umbridge? It’s only in the seventh book that we got to know about Dumbledore’s shady past and even there, I don’t see any indication towards him being gay. His friendship with Gellert Grindelwald was projected merely as a bonding of two wizards with great strength. It never said anything about them being “interested” in each other. Now if she had decided that Dumbledore had been gay all along, she should have made a mention about that in one of the books when she was telling about Dumbledore’s past. Saying this now when the series is over and the guy is dead sounds like a mere publicity stunt and that is not appreciable.
Human Rights activists are meanwhile very happy over the entire issue and say that Rowling has done a great thing by declaring one of the pivotal characters as gay. That would help people accept gays and lesbians more easily. I think otherwise though. When asked if Dumbledore had ever found real love, she said that he was gay. So that means he never found a true love because he was gay? Don’t gays find their love? Don’t we see Elton John? See, I don’t have any problem with gays or lesbians. It’s perfectly their own choice and there’s nothing wrong with it. But considering that this series is read by small children too, I doubt if parents would want their 10 year old kids to read about these things. At least in my country they wouldn’t and that would mean the children would miss on a great series. It’s ok if Dumbledore is gay but my only complaint is that it should have been revealed somewhere in the book, not like this afterwards.