I loved my childhood SO MUCH THANK YOU.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this woman. But why does she look so arrogant in this gif? It’s like “take your book and get out of my sight, I have money to earn. Next!”.
Was she going to slap you because you never in any way made him gay in the actual books, taking zero risks/doing absolutely nothing for gay characters in literature, and only announcing your “authorial intent” afterwards for a cheap shot at looking like an ~ally~
Gay people are just normal people. We are not told about any of the Hogwarts professors love lives, other than Snape, and it would be completely out of character for Dumbledore to walk around telling everyone about his sexuality.
Did you want her to make him dress in glittery platform boots, a crop top, and decorate his office in rainbow flags to make it more obvious for you? Would that be enough of a stereotype to appease you people? Or what? Please tell me. I’d like to know how you think a gay character is supposed to be portrayed.
And did you miss the Grindelwald chapters in the ‘actual books’? Or was that also not obvious enough for you? Did Dumbledore need to whisper “always” wistfully in order for you to connect that he had romantic feelings for Grindelwald? Maybe you are American and need them to gaze longingly into each others eyes with awkward close ups of their fingers almost grazing each other that Hollywood thinks means ‘true love’.
It didn’t fit into his relationship to Harry to ever say “I’m gay”, and so it was not stated explicitly (you might have noticed the book was told from Harry Potter’s perspective).
The point is though, that he is a homosexual, well respected, powerful, and very loved wizard- and his sexuality doesn’t matter because no one else thinks it matters. a.k.a. no one cares that he loves men, and that is wonderful.
^ Utterly agree, takealookatyourlife. OP, did you really want her to make him a flamboyant stereotype? Also, have you even read the books? In the first chapter of the first book, Dumbledore is wearing high-heeled purple boots. In the movies he wears BELLS IN HIS BEARD. And did his relationship with Grindelwald need to be made any more clear? Did she have to write a sex scene for you to pick that up?
If she wrote Dumbledore purely to represent the gay community, as like a Token Gay Character, THAT would be being a shitty ally. Instead, she wrote a complex, brilliant character who, hey, guess what, just happened to be gay but his homosexuality was not the centre point of his whole life: which is exactly how it should be. If all gay character representation centers around the character’s gayness, how are we supposed to show that gay people are normal people who have normal lives and problems just like everyone else, and their sexuality is not their entire life-story and all the entirety of their complexity?
Reminds me of a discussion about Arcade Gannon in Fallout: New Vegas and heteronormativity.
Reblogging for the fabulous commentary
bolding mine because goddamn that’s good stuff.
preach. before i even knew this, it was really noticeable that there was something going on with him and grindelwald. gay dumbledore or not, that shit was plain obvious.
Yes yes yes yes
Reblogging for the excellent commentary. No character’s defining characteristic should be their sexuality.
Also if you didn’t see the blatant, intentional subtext in the Grindelwald chapter, you need your eyes checked.
There is a HUGE difference between stating a character’s sexuality from the very beginning than doing it when we already know that character completely. JK did took the best and wisest decision taking the second option for Dumbledore. That way, when people had already loved and respected the character, were told about his sexuality, so they can’t get a biased opinion due to him being gay or not. It’s like telling people “Hey, just a little fact: your beloved character likes men. But he’s still the same person, has done the same things as in the books. Are you going to hate him now just for a little fact I told you? Do you think you got the right to do such a thing?” That means people should be judged by what they did, by who they are, not by something as trivial as his sexual preference.
JK didn’t really need at any point of the story to say he was gay. It was a simple statement, as it should be in real life. Just as Freddie Mercury was a singer, or Jim Parsons is an actor, Dumbledore was Hogwarts’ Headmaster, and that’s what really matters, not if they preferred penis to vaginas.
Reblogging for all the comments (except the first one and the other idiot that wrote ^^^^^^)
Interviewer: I don’t think you feel like you’re missing out, do you?
J.K Rowling: Not widely no.
In which J.K. Rowling gives the verdict on reading (x)
“I felt very connected to that character.” (x)
RELEASE IT, OH GOD PLEASE.
I have such a feeling right know… just knowing that she’s written more. That it exists in this world, and even though I’ll never be able to read all of it - that world is still there. And that makes me so happy.