Dumbledore and the Politics of Children’s Literature

I must admit, I have not read the Harry Potter books. Just not that much time for reading for pleasure (other than the pleasure of sharing the same picture book over and over with Baby Diva) and when I do get the time, I’d rather read something else. I have seen the movies and have enjoyed them.

But I did find this story interesting: Rowling says wizard Dumbledore is Gay.

I read that a couple of days ago on a gossip blog and I was intrigued but I lack the context. I wonder whether she already had it in mind or she’s just saying it now to seem “hip” or “edgy” or to be an activist and make a point. I find it interesting from mainly a literary, author-intent standpoint rather than as a political issue, although I imagine it will become a political issue for some readers.

If she did have it in mind all along, I think it is also very interesting that although she had it as part of the characterization in her mind, she did not feel the need to make it overt in her books.

I’d be curious to hear others’ thoughts about this.

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  1. I was wondering the same thing. What’s the point in coming out of the closet now? My guess is that she was afraid to put it in the book in case it might hurt sales.