On Rejecting Truth

October 30th, 2007 · 3 Comments
by Kassia Krozser

But it is possible that Ms. Rowling may be mistaken about her own character. She may have invented Hogwarts and all the wizards within it, she may have created the most influential fantasy books since J. R. R. Tolkien, and she may have woven her spell over thousands of pages and seven novels, but there seems to be no compelling reason within the books for her after-the-fact assertion. Of course it would not be inconsistent for Dumbledore to be gay, but the books’ accounts certainly don’t make it necessary. The question is distracting, which is why it never really emerges in the books themselves. Ms. Rowling may think of Dumbledore as gay, but there is no reason why anyone else should.

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  • Babz // Nov 1, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    He is asexual. Why would anyone care anyway?

  • Anonymous // Nov 2, 2007 at 8:23 am

    That’s exactly the point of the article — his sexuality plays no part in the story/ies, so what difference does it make?

  • Misti // Nov 10, 2007 at 8:39 am

    …It’s admittedly been awhile since I’ve read any of the books (I’ve not read 7 yet), but this sounds like a writer taking a “Hey, I just realized I did that!” moment too far.

    And with Rowling, I’d contest that she’s quite good and thinking one thing and actually conveying another in her work. I’m not the only reader who has noticed that Ginny’s supposed to seem wise, when she actually comes across more like a… [is polite and refrains from saying].