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22 October 2007 @ 09:01 am
Dumbledore is Gay  
Good.  Now let's move on.  Seriously.

I'm glad he is.  Kids need more gay role models to prove gay CAN be role model, and it explains his history with Grindlewald SO much better.  I'm also glad that expository wasn't in the books, but was announced later, off hand, in response to a question, because we need to get rid of this need to define people by their "gayness".

What is the first thing you think about when you hear Dumbledore? Is it that he prefers guys?  I really hope not, because in Harry's world (which is how the story is told), it is an irrelevant bit of information.  I'm sure it was quite an important fact for Dumbledore's development, but for harry it simply doesn't matter.  But when we find out that people (or even characters) are gay, we reevaluate our definitions of them, and suddenly their sexuality is their most salient feature.  This is bad because it reinforces a tendency to file gay people away in your head separately from straight people, and that is bad.

In short, Harry loved Ginny.  He was straight.  But on a list of character attributes, I would put "whiney emo bitch" on a list waaay before I would ever think to put "straight guy".  So lets do the same for Dumbledore.  He is gay, so what.  In established Harry Potter canon, that fact belongs on the sidelines.  Lets stick to smart white haired old man who was one of the best wizards that ever graced Hogwarts.

Unless you write fanfic.  Then, have a field day (ie, creating an environment where Dumbledore's sexuality actually impacts the story)
Oh, and you may want to return your "Dumbledore's Whore" tshirt.
LeperUnclean: Slytherinleperunclean on October 22nd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase someone from a previous online conversation, it's hard to think of Dumbledore as a gay role model when you can read a chapters-long biography of the man and still not be able to guess that he's not straight. Also, the fact that he's a manipulative jerk, even from beyond the grave.
Michelle: Patientbratkartoffel on October 23rd, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
I agree that it was a fact probably most appropately given after the series finished, both because it could have colored some people's opinion of the character, and because honestly, it had absolutely nothing to do with the story of Harry Potter. Personaly, since book five, my hypothetical list of Dumbledore's character attributes has started out with, "manipulative jerk." Finding out that he a fling with Grindewald back in the 1800s does not change that at all.