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Dumbledore comes out

Well, this is a surprise.

J. K. Rowling, author of the worldwide best-selling Harry Potter series, met some of her American fans Friday night and provided some surprising revelations about the fictional characters who a generation of children have come to regard as close friends.

In front of a full house of hardcore Potter fans at Carnegie Hall in New York, Rowling, sitting on the stage on a red velvet and carved wood throne, read from her seventh and final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” then took questions. One fan asked whether Albus Dumbledore, the head of the famed Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, had ever loved anyone. Rowling smiled. “Dumbledore is gay, actually,” replied Rowling as the audience erupted in surprise. She added that, in her mind, Dumbledore had an unrequited love affair with Gellert Grindelwald, Voldemort’s predecessor who appears in the seventh book. After several minutes of prolonged shouting and clapping from astonished fans, Rowling added. “I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy.”

I confess, this possibility had never occurred to me. Not because I think there’s anything inherently ridiculous about it, but because I just never gave any thought to the relationships of the adults, other than those who were directly connected to Harry’s parents. Which, I might add, were about the only adult relationships examined in any detail by Rowling. So it was just never on my radar. And for what it’s worth, if having “no close relationship with women and a mysterious, troubled past” is evidence of gayness, then one could make the same case for Voldemort. Without bothering to look, I’m sure more than one dedicated fanfic writer has already explored the possibilities of Dumbledore/Voldemort slash. I’ll leave the rest to you. Pete has more.

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  1. Trust me when I say that you really don’t want to know what’s out there in terms of fanfic. I would be happier if I didn’t know some of it, and I know less than other people.

    Having said that, the thought of Dumbledore as a Wizarding Oscar Wilde amuses the hell out of me.