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J.K.'s surprising revelation about Dumbledore

by David Haber

Just a little over a year ago, on August 2, 2006, J.K. Rowling made a statement at her reading in New York City, at Radio City Music hall, that was big news and related directly to what we talk about on this web site. Well, tonight she's done it again. This evening, again in New York City, this time at Carnegie Hall, J.K. Rowling dropped a bombshell on the Harry Potter fan community.

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Reader Comments:

I never considered this, simply because Harry Potter was so often called a 'children's book' (even though I don't agree)... but hearing it now, and remembering his eccentric personality, it fits.

I always assumed he never married or anything because of his love for power. I do wonder, though... did J.K. purposely never mention this in the books, because it would be too controversial? Would it place too much reality into the HP books, so that we couldn't separate it from our own world?

I just wonder if she always had Dumbledore as , in her mind... and why she wouldn't have brought it up much sooner, in an interview. I wonder if she thought some people would stop reading. I wonder if she would randomly make him , for fun... not saying I think she would, only that I wonder if she would...

Posted by Katie T from California on October 20, 2007 12:22 AM

This is's a children's book, for goodness' sake! If we go on like this we might as well say that Sirius is as well, or maybe even Peter Pettigrew, or Voldemort (no, he pretty much likes Bellatrix) J.K. Rowling has gone too far, turning a children's book into a half-adult book, just to "gain a wider aunce". It wasn't necessary, anyway...

Posted by WP on October 20, 2007 12:38 AM

I never really thought about Dumbledore's , actually. It never mattered to me then, and it only makes me like Dumbledore more now.

Posted by Xenia Harvey from Gilbert, Arizona on October 20, 2007 12:50 AM

I also feel that it may have been very unnoticeable, due to the very important fact that this was considered a "childrens' book", so to even assume or say that he was changes the way and feel of how and certainly who reads it.

Posted by Kenny.G from Los Angeles on October 20, 2007 01:01 AM

Yes, it does all fit and it does explain how Dumbledore could have been taken in by Grindelwald. However, I don't see why it has to explain Dumbledore's deep affection for Harry. Why can't a brilliant man "connect" with a talented boy for intellectual reasons? Or, indeed, a power loving man be fascinated by the subject of such an important prophecy.

Posted by Bridget from NZ on October 20, 2007 01:08 AM

I have always seen the Harry Potter books as a journey into our lives, just from a different stand point. The truth is that we all deal with these things nowadays, and the fact that Dumbledore is is a shocker, because we never thought how real these books are to our actual life.

I started reading these books when they first came out in the USA, and as I read every book you could see them growing up along with me. Things I dealt with in my life and that i'm sure many pre-teens going into the hardest years of your life were dealt with too.

I don't blame her for not telling it straight on, I mean, it would of caused a lot of issues. parents still act as if they need to shield their children from reality... But now that we all know for sure. The question is, did we always know? There are points in the book that make you question and wonder, but speaking for myself, I never wondered about his , I think that now that I know I want to read the books again to see what is it I missed.

Posted by Shondra Tucker from Seattle, WA on October 20, 2007 01:14 AM

So, he was . He was obviously celibate and frankly, it is only the business of Dumbledore. Does this take away from his sensibility? Does this make him any less compassionate? Absolutely not! None of this sexual preference stuff matters, but I am sure there are many who now turn this into some hideous reason to mound heaps of homophobic rubbish on the books and the author.

Personally, I think not revealing such minor details was brilliant. There are too many who obsess on such information and it would have been a useless spoiler.

Those of us who love these characters find them no less wonderful regardless of who they love. Still love you Professor Dumbledore.

Posted by Laurie from NC on October 20, 2007 01:15 AM

I knew it! All the clues were there!

And if it weren't for Tonks, Remus and Sirius would have so been together! Tonks was so lesbian! (Note: I'm a lesbian, so I mean nothing by saying that. She just has always seemed that way to me.)

Posted by A fan girl from Indiana on October 20, 2007 01:22 AM

I don't see the big deal about it, really. Although reading the 'excerpts' from Rita Skeeter's book in DH, the idea popped into mind. Besides, the book's done, and I don't think Dumbledore's really play a part in Harry's quest.

Posted by Lunedi on October 20, 2007 01:39 AM

What difference does it make if he is? It's a personal thing and... people who are taken back by this statement have to accept that it is an actual fact, and many like that live a normal and respectable life in the real world!

Posted by Naveen from Kerala, India on October 20, 2007 01:47 AM

I never would've thought that about Dumbledore! Now some people might view Dumbledore in a different way while reading the books. I don't think JK Rowling should have revealed that. I wonder what made her see Dumbledore like that? I wonder if the teachers and students ever found out. I don't think there were any clues in the book that could have led us to think that except for the fact that nothing was mentioned about Dumbledore loving anyone.

Posted by Dumbledore's Fan on October 20, 2007 02:35 AM

Personally I think this is an amazing revelation! I am awed at JK Rowling's courage. This is an great moment in the history of popular literature! Way to go Jo!

Posted by Amber R from Australia on October 20, 2007 03:01 AM

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