Gay subtext has never been hard to find in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. You wouldn’t have to search very hard to come up with a lot of nudge-nudge wink-wink stuff about boys with wands. But that’s fanfic and idle speculation. The books themselves, though racially representative and thematically complex, never offer anything more explicit than the odd bit of “snogging” between hetero couples.
And then Rowling answered a few questions at Carnegie Hall in New York and…
“I always saw Dumbledore as gay,” Rowling said in answer to a fan’s question about whether the wizard ever found love.
The crowd of about 2,000 hardcore Harry fans, who had won tickets through a nationwide drawing, exploded in screams and applause at the news. Rowling moments later joked, “Oh my God, the fan fiction now!”
Lady, you’re so right! Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore gay? In love with Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard he defeated in a wand fight? The stories, they are being spun. Feverishly.
Elsewhere on the internet, the news brought on a Wiki War. Gadgetopia reports:
Some people apparently ran right to their computers and edited Dumbledore’s entry. This was considered obvious vandalism by some who hadn’t heard the news, so they reverted the page. So for a while, it was a war between the informed and the uninformed, with edits and reverts flying… The page is going on 150 edits just this morning.
I love wiki-heads! I’m also looking forward to more critical analysis of what this means to the Harry Potter world. There’s this student, for example, who posits that Dolores Umbridge was raped by centaurs based on Rowling’s mania for research and Umbridge’s reactions in the book. I can only imagine the theories that Dumbledore’s outing will bring forth.
And let’s not forget the crazies! The haters! The ones who’ve been running around for years trying to get Harry Potter banned for being a piece of ungodly trash that seeks to convert innocent little children to the evil ways of witchcraft and thus Satan. Now they’ve got a old gay guy in flowing robes to add to their list.
He’s not just a Satan worshiper. He’s a gay Satan worshiper. Save our children! Watch out for the protest march outside the multiplex that will screen the next Harry Potter movie.