I’ve been getting some hits on my site regarding a past post about Rowling’s outing of Dumbledore as ‘gay.’ I couldn’t figure out but having scanned the news a bit I guess I get it. Some readers have taken offense to my ruminating about Rowling’s motives in having Dumbledore as gay, wondering if perhaps she was just trying to stick it to Christians.
I don’t know if that was her reason. But my post rankled some people, getting me accused of being arrogant, egocentric, ignorant, and most bizarrely, a liberal Christian. Wow, can’t remember the last time that charge was leveled.
Like I said, I don’t know if that was her reason. Honestly, I’m still waiting to hear the reason. I’d love to hear the reason. If it was some ploy towards the ‘acceptance’ themes in her books, then the brave and right thing to do was to have outed him in the series itself, and not afterwards. Learning that he was gay adds nothing that I can think of. If someone is aware of any place where she explains this, I’d be happy to hear it.
But imagine my surprise when I read that I am not the only person wondering about Rowling’s motives and speculating that perhaps it was just to rile up a certain segment of the population. None other then Daniel Radcliffe himself, the actor who plays Harry Potter in the movies, said,
“I think it’s wonderful that Dumbledore was outed as gay … Half of me thinks Rowling just did that to see if she could p*ss off the right-wing, but I’m not sure how true that is. I think she had it planned, I think she always knew he was gay.”
That Daniel Radcliffe! He’s so arrogant, egocentric, and ignorant! Oh, and a liberal Christian! Can you believe that guy? Positing ‘dark agendas’ is just ridiculous…
Well, and perhaps it is. But the reason for the speculation is that the ‘outing’ is positively mystifying. Besides simply not adding anything to an understanding of the series, if anything it darkens it. For example, I actually read someone wondering if Dumbledore’s interest in Harry wasn’t exactly platonic, if you get my gist. Ridiculous?
Well, I would have thought so until Rowlings started issuing post hoc revelations re-interpreting the text.
Anyway, I don’t know what Rowling’s motives were (both in conceiving of Dumbledore as gay and in revealing it) and would be happy if someone could direct me to any statements of her’s that clear it up.