And In Today’s Completely Pointless News

JK Rowling announces completely fictional character is fictionally gay.

NEW YORK (AP) – Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall.

After reading briefly from the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she took questions from audience members.

She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds "true love."

"Dumbledore is gay," the author responded to gasps and applause.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."

Dumbledore's love, she observed, was his "great tragedy."

"Oh, my god," Rowling concluded with a laugh, "the fan fiction."

Which means its time for an IMAO top-ten list contest. Readers are asked to submit a comment giving one of the top ten reasons that fans knew Dumbledore was gay. RightWingDuck has a couple of good prompts up to get you started.

Which means its time for an IMAO top-ten list contest. Readers are asked to submit a comment giving one of the top ten reasons that fans knew Dumbledore was gay. RightWingDuck has a couple of good prompts up to get you started.

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3 Responses to And In Today’s Completely Pointless News

  1. Maggie says:

    Dumbledore …

    That “token” gay character in 21st Century children’s literature …

    How … sweet …

    Cripes!

  2. Andrew X says:

    OK, I have never seen or read an HP story, so wadda I know. But I do know that J.K. Rowling is wrong! (maybe ;-)

    The thought that occurs to me is simple. Even for the actual author of such a work, I would submit that there is NO “reality” to any component of the story that is not part of the written work (or at least film). Trekkies refer to it as “canon”, namely, whether a certain event really did or didn’t happen in the Trek universe.

    Now, if Rowling subtly alluded to Dumbledore’s sexuality here and there, which can be pointed to, then ’nuff said. I leave that to others.

    But I would somewhat brazenly submit that if she did not, and just sort of drops this little fact off to us all verbally, it has no more meaning than if you or I did same. Nothing exists in that world until at least it is on paper / film, and part of the accepted canon. I suppose if Rowling sat down and verbally read a new chapter, it would qualify, but a Q & A seems just a bit too cute by half for canon.

    Just thinkin’ out loud here.

  3. Gaius says:

    This is one of those brazenly stupid stories that gives you a momentary 10 point drop in IQ just from hearing about it. This is the media today, though.

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