Never Having To Write The End

by kalbzayn on October 21, 2007

The Harry Potter stories are over, right? Sure. Kinda.

J.K. Rowling was doing some kind of public appearance at Carnegie Hall. Someone asked her a question about Dumbledore. She replied something along the lines of “Blah, blah, blah. And Dumbledore was gay.”

Neat. Controversy. That ought to go a long way toward boosting the movie ticket sales when the next movie comes out.

In addition to helping movie tickets, it apparently is helping fight the cause…the homosexual cause that is. Check this out:

“Jo Rowling calling any Harry Potter character gay would make wonderful strides in tolerance toward homosexuality,” Melissa Anelli, Webmaster of the fan site http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org, told The Associated Press. “By dubbing someone so respected, so talented and so kind, as someone who just happens to be also homosexual, she’s reinforcing the idea that a person’s gayness is not something of which they should be ashamed.”

If Rowling were so interested in helping promote tolerance toward homosexuality, shouldn’t the whole issue have actually come up in the book; like within the words she wrote? But maybe she’s just setting up a really interesting prequel.

{ 6 comments }

S William Shaw October 22, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Just wanted to say hi. It’s been a while. What’s new?

strugglingwriter October 23, 2007 at 6:29 am

I don’t think she was promoting “tolerance toward homosexuality”. I think she was just answering a question from the audience. It does make sense for Dumbledore in that it explains why he took so long to oppose that evil wizard he was smitten with.

Remember she has whole backstories on these characters that might not make it into the books.

I don’t know if this will hurt movie sales or help movie sales, but I don’t it matters for her at this point.

You’re right, though. Controversy is almost always a good thing.

Terry Heath October 23, 2007 at 9:10 pm

If Rowling did intend Dumbledore to be gay, then I’m impressed she didn’t feel it worth mentioning in the stories. If someone is gay, they don’t have to waive a banner announcing it; if they don’t wave a banner, they’re not necessarily oppressed. So many gays treat their sexuality like a part-time job, when it’s just another part of the complicated tapestry in any human psyche.

Bonnie October 23, 2007 at 9:52 pm

I just want to know who did Lucius Malfoy’s hair — it always looks fabulous. Snape should look him or her up. Talk about controversy; did the man even own a comb?

Tra la la…

kalbzayn October 23, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Terry, that is a good point you bring up. But, if Dumbledore didn’t walk around announcing it in the story, was it really fair of Rowling to wave the banner as soon as the stories are done?

S. William Shaw, I sent you an email the other day to the one you left in the comment.

Everyone, I’m going into the hospital tomorrow (with my wife)…actually she’s going into the hospital and I’m tagging along. They are going to induce the labor and we are having a baby tomorrow. Actually, it just passed midnight so we’re having a baby today.

Later.

S William Shaw October 24, 2007 at 4:11 pm

She seems like the band member who hates playing the Top 40 song for the billionth time. I believe it was Nirvana who started mocking Teen Spirit in concert.

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