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    Rowling outs Dumbledore

    J.K. Rowling outs Hogwarts character

    By HILLEL ITALIE
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    Sat Oct 20, 7:41 AM ET


    NEW YORK - Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall.

    After reading briefly from the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she took questions from audience members.

    She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds "true love."

    "Dumbledore is gay," the author responded to gasps and applause.

    She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."

    Dumbledore's love, she observed, was his "great tragedy."
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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    Why doesn't that surprise me?

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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    I heard that last night from PixieChick. She was at Carnegie to meet her last night (soo jealous) and she texted that to me.
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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    Heehee, thanks to PixieChick, I felt so in the know!! Can't wait for her to get home and write up a report!

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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    i just ask "did we need to know?" not really....i mean the series is over, and if she didn't feel it importiant enough for the books, why tell us now? you know.


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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    So why wasn't that included in the books?

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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    I loved that little bit of information. (mucho to PC!) I think it's cool that she said that. Just because it wasn't in the books, doesn't mean it wasn't important. She could have given a very normal answer. But this...much better.

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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    That actually makes sense especially with the last book.

    But now I have a lot of questions.
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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    Quote Originally Posted by krystledm View Post
    i just ask "did we need to know?" not really....i mean the series is over, and if she didn't feel it importiant enough for the books, why tell us now? you know.
    She is currently putting together a book of information about the characters that she was not able to include in the novels for fear they would get way too long. So I'm sure this will be in the background of Dumbledore.

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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    That's awesome and speaks volumes about why Dumbledore got so wrapped up in the power of the Hallows. It wasn't for power after all, it was for love, and as we all know people do wacky things when they are in love.

    I wonder if this will change the minds of people who couldn't understand this moment of weakness he went through. Personally I think he's a much more sympathetic character in this light.
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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    ^^^ SusieP, I'm in total agreement.

    to pixiechick for telling us the big news while knowing we were waiting on pins and needles to hear how much fun she had at the event.

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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    Quote Originally Posted by krystledm View Post
    i just ask "did we need to know?" not really....i mean the series is over, and if she didn't feel it importiant enough for the books, why tell us now? you know.

    Someone asked, she answered.




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    Wow, big thumbs down to J.K. Rowling. I guess she felt that she had to do something to keep yourself in the spotlight now that the books have all been published. The books give no indication that Dumbledore was gay. If she felt it was pivotal to the story she should have mentioned it. Who cares about sales. If this was really the character of Dumbledore and it is pivotal it should have been mentioned. In fact, at this late date it does nothing to explain anything in the story. It only confuses the plot and makes everything more confusing. For instance, before one assumed that Dumbledore's love for Harry was pure, like the love a father has for a son. Now it seems a little creepy that Dumbledore spends so much time in a private office with Harry.

    The reason that it seems so creepy to spend so much time with Harry is that Dumbledore appears to be trying to replace his old love with Harry. Think about it, the other wizard that Dumbledore loved was a very powerful wizard. Harry, though still young will be a man soon and is also a powerful wizard. In his own mind Dumbledore sees his lover every time he is looking at Harry. This rather disturbing problem only develops when you make Dumbledore gay. You make him straight, how he actually is in the book imo, and this problem vanishes. You get a genuinely concerned parental figure and not someone who loves Harry because he sees in him his own lover.
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    Re: Rowling outs Dumbledore

    I think you're putting the those vibes into it. I mean there are lots of gay male teachers and they aren't "creepy" into their students.

    I think Dumbledore... I kinda' thought of him as a unix in a way. Like he didn't want to get caught up in the daily love drama and focus on magic. But I mean after the 7th book... it makes sense. We never heard about his love life in that book. And there wasn't a controversy... Does that mean the wizarding world is more open minded? I kinda' thought the middle Weasly brother, Percy, was gay too.

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