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The Grand Old Man in the Closet

Albus Dumbledore

Yup, he’s out. Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot and Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards, better known as the dearly departed Headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is gay. His creator JK Rowling pushed him out of the closet just last week while answering questions at Carnegie Hall. Well, that was a bolt out of the blue.

Yes, he was pushed out, he did not come out on his own. What I do not understand is why Jo had to do it. What points was she trying to score? Of course, she has always been awfully PC right from the start. She has been very careful to show no discrimination based on race, religion, sex, gender, class, financial condition or intelligence. But she always steered clear of sexual orientation, to an extent that all teachers at Hogwarts were portrayed as almost asexual. Maybe this was because the books primarily started off as children’s books, before they became darker and more serious, as the series progressed.

Except for the late revelation about the ill fated love of Prof.Severus Snape, we know nothing about the love lives of the rest of the teachers at Hogwarts. No mention about spouses or children or families. Many did speculate if the kindly Headmaster with his twinkling blue eyes and joi de vivre and his stern, strict but warm hearted deputy Prof. Minerva Mc Gonagall had something going on. A case of opposites attracting. Apparantly not.

What we now know is that Dumbledore desired a man, a dark sorcerer no less, Jo’s Hitler – Grindelwald. But once they separated ways, what did he do? Did he not want to seek love after that?

So coming back to the revelation, why did Jo do this now? Was she trying to score points with the homosexual community? Wasn’t it a bit late for that? If she did, she should have said so in at least one of the seven books- atleast the last one where she brought this much loved, character a notch or two down, and revelaed to us his feet of clay. When she showed us that Dumbledore was only human, she could have revealed this too.

And more importantly, if she wanted to show that she had no sexual prejudices, the fact should have come from the man himself. Since he kept it a secret, does it mean he was ashamed of it? So how does that make her look?

Frankly speaking, though I have nothing against anyone’s sexual preference, I feel that this was totally unnecessary. At this point anyway. The man is dead and buried/cremated/whatever, His tomb has already been plundered. Voldy’s gone forever and everyone has got on with their lives. And most of us have come to terms with his humanity. Why dig up this new controversy now?

Jo, leave him alone. Just let his weary old bones rest in peace, atleast hereafter.

Harry Potter stars react to Dumbledore gay twist.


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