So along comes Rowling with Dumbledore—a human being, a wizard even, an indisputable hero and one of the most beloved figures in children’s literature. Shouldn’t I be happy to learn he’s gay?
Yes, except: Why couldn’t he tell us himself? The Potter books add up to more than 800,000 words before Dumbledore dies in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and yet Rowling couldn’t spare two of those words—“I’m gay”—to help define a central character’s emotional identity? We can only conclude that Dumbledore saw his homosexuality as shameful and inappropriate to mention among his colleagues and students. His silence suggests a lack of personal integrity that is completely out of character.
Anyone want to guess what the chapter with Dumbledore’s “coming out of the closet” should’ve been titled? LOL I so don’t see how that would have fit into any of storylines to be honest and yet he is right. Prof. D’s silence does “suggests a lack of personal integrity that is completely out of character.”
But you see, for me, most of these characters were completely asexual to begin with. What do we know about any of their sex lives? We know nothing of any of the teacher’s families. Are they married? Do they have kids? It’s never mentioned anywhere so why should Dumbledore go around organizing gay pride marches and wearing rainbow pins?
And then I read this and spit all over my computer screen:
In a typical passage, the briefly mentioned Blaise Zabini is described as “a tall black boy with high cheekbones and long, slanting eyes.” Would it have been so difficult to write in a line in which Zabini takes the exquisitely named Justin Finch-Fletchley to the Yule Ball?
I misread that and at first and thought it said: “Zabini takes the exquisitely named Justin Finch-Fletchley AT the Yule Ball.” My mind is in the gutter but, lord, that made me laugh. Just try to imagine that scene in The Goblet of Fire. LOL
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