If Dumbledore isn’t really gay…

October 23, 2007 § 5 Comments

…because his homosexuality isn’t in the original canonical text, does that mean that Gandalf isn’t really a Maia?

Meanwhile, on the sharp end of the cultural spear made by J.K. Rowling, a Herald columnist comments:

Well, the cat is well and truly out of the bag now. Like every writer, Rowling has a back story for her fictional characters and – unlike Noddy and Big Ears – there can never more be any doubt about Dumbledore. On balance, I think his gayness is a good thing and its revelation has been cleverly executed. First, Rowling built the character layer by layer. She built him to be the acme of all that is wise and kind; dutiful and virtuous. She put him in a position of trust; headmaster of a mixed boarding school. She made him a champion of the underdog and a protector of the excluded. She even killed him off in a final heroic act of self-sacrifice[1]. And having placed him as far beyond criticism as her fertile imagination would allow; abracadabra – she revealed that he was gay.

Let the prejudiced, the gay bashers, the bigots try as they might; they won’t be able to tear this icon off his pedestal. Rowling has held a literary mirror to their narrow-mindedness to let them see for themselves how purposefully blind it is. And as they wrestle with the invisible knots she has tied them in, they’ll hear, if they listen, her metaphorical laughter. It’s the laughter of a Pied Piper as she leads their spellbound children to the broad sunny uplands of tolerance.

Anyone taking bets on Rowling “correcting” any of this?

[1] Link redacted in this post.

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