Dude, What? - Author Reveals Dumbledo...

Dude, What? - Author Reveals Dumbledore is Gay

There are 20 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Oct 22, 2007, titled Dude, What? - Author Reveals Dumbledore is Gay. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

NEW YORK -- With author J.K. Rowling's revelation that master wizard Albus Dumbledore is gay, some passages about the Hogwarts headmaster and rival wizard Gellert Grindelwald have taken on a new and clearer ...

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Sanity

Boston, MA

#2 Oct 22, 2007
And America isn't based on your religious standards. It's based on a document that tries to ensure equal treatment under the law.

Since: Jul 07

Austell, GA

#3 Oct 22, 2007
Wow, in one fell stroke the author has taken this series out of the realm of innocent children's fantasy into social/political commentary. I guess the nutty religious zealots had her pegged all along.

How disappointing.
hojee

San Francisco, CA

#5 Oct 23, 2007
It's a shame he didn't come out in the book - that would have been a much more impressive statement. Nevertheless, it's nice to know everyone's hero is gay. Maybe that will help Larry Craig come out of the closet.
So What

Lawrenceville, GA

#6 Oct 23, 2007
If he's gay, so be it. The series still make for a great read.
Someguy

Kenora, Canada

#7 Oct 23, 2007
Cobb Resident wrote:
Wow.. this "original comment" was deleted in the time it took me to post my own. Why in the world was such a G-rated comment taken from the forum?
I was able to back up a few screens and retrieve it for your reading.
"Why would Rowling do this? It makes me wonder if she's gay. I thought Dumbledore was wise and would be the total opposite. Since I'm Christian and I know whats right I really thinking whether I should boycott. I thought this movie was straight not full of gayferds i wonder what she thinks of Harry? You know kids are reading these books and the movies not a good example here people America isn't based on gay standards. A man and a woman not a man and man or girl and girl. I'm boycotting."
***DISCLAIMER*** I'm not endorsing or refuting the views expressed in the above post I'm only marveling that they would be removed by moderator(s) of this forum! Rather scary isn't it?
I can see why the post was removed. America is based on freedom. Attacking people just for their preferences is one of the worst examples you can set for children.
collegestudent

Chesapeake, VA

#8 Nov 1, 2007
If I had kids and they had read the books and watched the movies I would be upset too! I do not support gay anything. Homosexuality is a choice and not a condition you are born with therefore it is something you can "help". I believe I have taken enough corses on psychology and besides being in the medical field I see no science to prove such a thing. But, getting of the gay kick, this whole thing about Dumbledore is really a bad move for Rowling. I mean what can you do but, steriotype. He is a headmaster at a juvenile school around young kids all the time while they are away from their parents!!! Sound like Micheal Jackson and that farris wheel parked in front of Neverland? Rowling wanted an uproar and more publicity and that is what she got.
collegestudent

Chesapeake, VA

#9 Nov 1, 2007
I am in Virginia Beach... not Norfolk lol.
NutleyPat

Quogue, NY

#10 Nov 2, 2007
First of all I am not surprised anyone from Harry Potter is gay, considering Harry Potter was the gayest movie ever!! You religious fanatics have your heads stuck so far up your rectories that you fail to realize half of Hollywood is gay, not to mention half of you gay bashing religious activists are closet gays hiding behind your veil of righteousness disguising your true urge for a same sex relationship. I am strait, and I believe in God, but what i don't believe in is "Judging people" based on something they can not help. Your own God said it best "Judge not less ye be judged" So while I am in heaven chillin with my main man Jesus you can enjoy your eternal vacation in hell *Hopefully surrounded by gays since your god condemns the victims of his own design. Peace out Homies and Homos
collegestudent

Chesapeake, VA

#12 Nov 4, 2007
Well, "NutleyPat" you pat nutleys. If there isn't something I love more to read than someone trying to get a point across without proper grammar. To me, not using proper grammar shows lack of education. If starting with a immature bash aren't enough you go on to tell us you are a "strait". Now, at this point your credibility plummets. So, what strait are you, the Strait of Gibraltar or the Bering Strait?

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Since: Oct 07

Appleton WI

#14 Nov 4, 2007
collegestudent wrote:
Well, "NutleyPat" you pat nutleys. If there isn't something I love more to read than someone trying to get a point across without proper grammar. To me, not using proper grammar shows lack of education. If starting with a immature bash aren't enough you go on to tell us you are a "strait". Now, at this point your credibility plummets. So, what strait are you, the Strait of Gibraltar or the Bering Strait?
Well, Mr. collegestudent, your own grammar and spelling are not so perfect either. Apparently your higher education didn't improve your ability to write or spell, or overcome homophobia. I sure hope you're not a doctor, and I KNOW you're not a psychologist.
Alex

Hanford, CA

#15 Nov 4, 2007
*seeing as the last topic i posted on got hijacked, im reposting*

Ok, first off, I am completely pro-gay rights and I think that people are taking this whole thing way too seriously, but I totally agree that this really shouldn't have come up in an interview at all.

I'm getting increasingly tired of Rowling's "interviews" in which she seems to be making up more and more of the story as she goes along. Am I the only one who thought that the universe of a book was actually contained within the book?
I understand that a writer, in writing the novel, has to have a broader base of knowledge about it and its characters than the reader. Still, if she didn't manage to get facts into the novel then they should be left up to the reader's imagination. For example, her telling everyone what happens to every major and minor character after the story ends. If she wanted us to know, she should have written it into that very pointless epilogue of hers. So, point is, if it's not in the book, then really it's up for grabs. Same goes for the sexuality of the characters. Think about it, in ten years the people who are reading the books are not going to know what she said, and they're going to have a completely different book in their hands.

You can argue that the person who asks the the questions in the interviews really wanted to know, but that doesn't mean she should totally cripple the imagination for every reader.
NutleyPat

Quogue, NY

#17 Nov 4, 2007
collegestudent wrote:
Well, "NutleyPat" you pat nutleys. If there isn't something I love more to read than someone trying to get a point across without proper grammar. To me, not using proper grammar shows lack of education. If starting with a immature bash aren't enough you go on to tell us you are a "strait". Now, at this point your credibility plummets. So, what strait are you, the Strait of Gibraltar or the Bering Strait?
ur absolatutely rite me so stupid. Me need 2 spell good 2 hav valid point i guess i am the uneducated one u pompous, self righteous, immature, jackass, spelling Nazi. I mean seriously what sense is this guy making? So you can use all the proper grammar in the world but it isn't going to make you right and it isn't gonna change that fact that you accidentally stumbled across this forum when you typed the word gay in google looking for naked pictures of Patrick swazee and Yes Harry Potter.
NutleyPat

Quogue, NY

#18 Nov 4, 2007
"If starting with a immature bash aren't enough you go on to "

By the way, what the hell does that sentence mean? Looks like the grammar police is gonna have to write himself a ticket.

“Don't Just Look-See”

Since: Aug 07

Hot Springs, VA

#20 Nov 4, 2007
collegestudent wrote:
If I had kids and they had read the books and watched the movies I would be upset too! I do not support gay anything. Homosexuality is a choice and not a condition you are born with therefore it is something you can "help". I believe I have taken enough corses on psychology and besides being in the medical field I see no science to prove such a thing. But, getting of the gay kick, this whole thing about Dumbledore is really a bad move for Rowling. I mean what can you do but, steriotype. He is a headmaster at a juvenile school around young kids all the time while they are away from their parents!!! Sound like Micheal Jackson and that farris wheel parked in front of Neverland? Rowling wanted an uproar and more publicity and that is what she got.
Your professors must cringe.

So, tell me, what constitutes "enough" psychology courses to present definitive diagnosis on homosexuality?

If you are in fact in the "medical field" as you claim then you are no doubt familiar with 'scope of practice' and professional ethics. The statement you have made above is obviously a violation of 'scope of practice'. An example of the clear violation of the 'scope of practice' laws would be to claim to be licenced in one field of practice and then comment professionally on a field clearly outside that 'scope'.

Not that it matters here, however, making such statements in person as a medical professional could get you sued and/or your licence suspended. But I'm sure you are aware of that.

You are no doubt also aware of the current questions being posed by the psychological community regarding female sexuality as it relates to homo erotica.

And being familiar with this current psychological investigation you no doubt know that one of the most common forms of homo erotica young women employ is fan-fiction, predominately but by no means exclusively Harry Potter homoerotic fan-fiction.

It would hardly seem a "bad move" on JK's part to reveal that one of her characters is in fact gay. Certainly not if the character has been portrayed as gay by so many fans of the Harry Potter series.

Add to that an author who is an atheist, and therefore does not have a religious moral constraint on her thoughts or actions. To her, and to many others, there is no reason to "fear" or deny homosexuality. I know of many fans who were ecstatic to hear this announcement. Go to some of the fan sites for the series and you will see.

Pleasing ones fans is rarely a "bad move".
collegestudent

Chesapeake, VA

#21 Nov 4, 2007
Well, thank you for your opinion, this is a forum right? So, I can have an opinion too. If it (Dumbledore) were so accepted it wouldn’t be so controversial and we wouldn’t be discussing it in a forum. Thanks for tearing apart my post though I appreciate it.
By the way, I love creating turmoil in a forum it is truly one of my favorite past times, the I love to see how many people I can reel in to read the crap I write and actually post lengthy “letters” against them. I guess it just means I stole a little of your life in your attempt to outsmart me in which case I have won, Thank you! HAHAHAHAHAHAH
crystal

Truckee, CA

#23 Nov 4, 2007
collegestudent wrote:
Well, thank you for your opinion, this is a forum right? So, I can have an opinion too. If it (Dumbledore) were so accepted it wouldn’t be so controversial and we wouldn’t be discussing it in a forum. Thanks for tearing apart my post though I appreciate it.
By the way, I love creating turmoil in a forum it is truly one of my favorite past times, the I love to see how many people I can reel in to read the crap I write and actually post lengthy “letters” against them. I guess it just means I stole a little of your life in your attempt to outsmart me in which case I have won, Thank you! HAHAHAHAHAHAH
I can't help but laugh sugar, what makes you think you won a damn thing? You obviously took the time to read the posts, and write the original inflamatory post. You also said that annoying people via the internet was one of your favorite things to do. Is that true? If so I'm sorry, your life is so sad and pathetic if getting on a chat room, not for conversation, but for conflict, is one of your main sources of pleasure. I suggest you take your medical experience and degree in psychology and spend some time considering what thats says about you.
Alex

Hanford, CA

#24 Nov 6, 2007
collegestudent wrote:
Well, thank you for your opinion, this is a forum right? So, I can have an opinion too. If it (Dumbledore) were so accepted it wouldn’t be so controversial and we wouldn’t be discussing it in a forum. Thanks for tearing apart my post though I appreciate it.
By the way, I love creating turmoil in a forum it is truly one of my favorite past times, the I love to see how many people I can reel in to read the crap I write and actually post lengthy “letters” against them. I guess it just means I stole a little of your life in your attempt to outsmart me in which case I have won, Thank you! HAHAHAHAHAHAH
Wow, I really hope you're never my psycologist.
Alex

Hanford, CA

#25 Nov 6, 2007
...or doctor or whatever it is you're claiming to be.
Lovisa

Sweden

#26 Dec 20, 2008
collegestudent wrote:
If I had kids and they had read the books and watched the movies I would be upset too! I do not support gay anything. Homosexuality is a choice and not a condition you are born with therefore it is something you can "help". I believe I have taken enough corses on psychology and besides being in the medical field I see no science to prove such a thing. But, getting of the gay kick, this whole thing about Dumbledore is really a bad move for Rowling. I mean what can you do but, steriotype. He is a headmaster at a juvenile school around young kids all the time while they are away from their parents!!! Sound like Micheal Jackson and that farris wheel parked in front of Neverland? Rowling wanted an uproar and more publicity and that is what she got.
Excuse me, but Dumbledore being gay do not change anything. I was about 8 when I started reading the books, and last year when she said he was gay, I was only 13, and I didn't care at all. Not because I didn't know about homosexuality, but because I don't think it is wrong. It's just religious fanatics who care, honestly, if being gay is a choice, then it is. Don't define it as something you can "help" because there is no need to help anyone for being homosexual as there is no need to help anyone for being heterosexual.
If you honestly believe that you need to help a person for having another sexual orientation, then I can tell you now that you are wrong.
And besides, homosexuality has nothing to do with being a pedophile, nothing at all. If Dumbledore was a pedophile he would have been that without having to be gay. Don't post stupid comments on the web.

“Nice Gloomy, Spooky Day”

Since: Apr 07

Uniondale , NY (Nassau Cty)

#27 Dec 20, 2008
This started to put a weird succession of thoughts in my mind (I am surprised no one has gone there):

Ol' Dumbledore hiking up his robe for "The Unknown Gay Teacher", during the night in the library, over a reading table with a lantern. He is chanting an incantation to enlarge certain body parts. Sounds something like "One more inch in a pinch, one more rung one so hung", including a potion of roses, lavender, butter, and baby oil. The black cat walks by in the darkness silently, though he seems to be strangely snickering. Then a loud click, as the lock on the library door disengages. "Oop"!...

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