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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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This revelation just scared me a lot. I never even considered Dumbledores , never thought about it. Well, i always thought of him to be "straight". This revelations changed my whole perseption about Albus Dumbledore, and Im wondering if Harry every noticed or knew later on that Dumbledore was .

Posted by Ayesha from California on December 3, 2007 08:55 AM

I do not see why it matters if Dumbledore is , but would Harry have accepted him the same way if he knew? Harry seems to use facts to base his feelings-I believe that this habit may have had some base in the fact that Harry often doesn't know what to think or do. In HP7 he says that knowing whether Gryffindor actually did steal the sword from goblins would change how he already felt about it. I think that if Harry was like the majority of the world he would have at least a slight prejudice against ness. If this was introduced to Harry after he had met Dumbledore, would he have not taken the horcruxes and/or what Dumbledore said seriously?

Posted by Kokopelli on December 5, 2007 4:05 PM

I think that J.K. Rowling is allowing our image of Dumbledore to become perverted and distorted by telling us these things. He used to be a grandfather sort of figure and you would never have thought anything bad about him. She is destroying the respect and admiration she ever constructed for him.

Posted by camille from los angeles, to on December 6, 2007 06:05 AM

To be honest, it doesn't bother me that Dumbledore was , but I guess I always had a feeling that there was more to him. This answers questions I wanted answering about his life. For example, I really wanted to know if he ever settled down, got married and had children. Knowing that he was doesn't change how I feel about him, or the books. I sure do wonder how some parents deal with this though, especially those who consider the series 'evil' because of witchcraft etc...

Posted by Rashida from Northants, England on December 8, 2007 12:17 PM

I never eally thought about him as being either but then again i never thought about him being either. I don' t think it really makes much of a difference to the plot or his character personally.

Posted by amber from London on December 11, 2007 09:36 AM

i don't care if dumbledore's . he's still an amazing wizard and i still respect him

Posted by jennifer from martinsville in on December 12, 2007 08:24 AM

I thought that Dumbeldore had a crush on Poppy!

I mean it's great that you get to know something about Dubeldore and what's better then then the good guy having a crush on the bad guy. I'm pretty sure Grindelwald was .

Posted by Josefin from Stockholm, Sweden on December 13, 2007 06:56 AM

so what if he was , i don't think it would make much difference, just give umbridge more power to sack him in the 5th book, thats probably why he kept it secret,

but to people that say its a children book, im sorry, from the 5th book onwards its not, im a 30 year old woman whos harry potter mad, my favorite books are 6 and 7 and i have read them a lot, compared to the other adult books i have. my son is 12 and can only read the first 2 books and i dont think hes finished reading the second one, he loves watching and playing harry potter anyway, but all he ever does is ask me questions, what they are talking about, what it means. so i know the 7th one would go right out of his head till he was in that age bracket and understands a 17 year old.

Posted by dracolover from UK on December 15, 2007 3:26 PM

I never would've guessed from any of the books that Dumbledore was , not that I care though but I do think it was intentional that JK Rowling didn't tell us that until after the 7th book had been released. I'm sure she knew that if that information was released early into the series that sales would not have been anywhere near what they turned out to be nor it's popularity. Sadly to say in most circles this still is not tolerated especially to parents buying the books for their kids. It would've been a sentence to the sales of the books and movies as well. At the end though, people respect the character of Dumbledore so much and now it's done anyway, they'll take it with a grain of salt and go about their day. Earlier there would've been a huge uproar over it.

Posted by sm on December 15, 2007 9:54 PM

I just simply never thought about it. i think jk concerntrated more on the kids' relationships more than the adults', except for Snape of course.

Posted by elo from NYC on December 16, 2007 03:50 AM

For me at least, Dumbledore has never been a sexual being. But I suppose now that it's been pointed out to me, I can see how he would have been. It would explain most everything he did in the "grindelwald phase," if you --that he did it out of love.

Posted by reags from US on December 17, 2007 11:01 AM

It really doesn't make a difference either way. I think it's good she actually kept it a secret until the 7th book was sold and over with, NOT because it would've affected sales, but because now we won't change our judgement on Dumbledore.

Does him being make him any less floopy and loveable than he was before? No, of course not.

Does him being make him a lesser wizard than he was? No.

However you viewed him before you should view him the same now. For those people who say their perception changed, that's just foolish. If you hated him, hate him. If you loved him, love him. It honestly doesn't matter. From the first to the seventh book, the guy was . He was while he gave us that loving image, so it doesn't matter. Deal with it.

Posted by Lili from Texas on December 20, 2007 11:31 AM

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