Sunday, October 21, 2007

Not that there's anything wrong with that

AP | J.K. Rowling outs Hogwarts character
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.

Tristan and Isolde. Merlin and Nimue. Dumbledore and Grindelwald.

Doesn't quite have the same mythic je ne se quoi, does it?

C'mon. Despite its phenomenal popularity, the Potter series is a children's book. Authority figures in children's books are almost completely sexless. The tragedy of the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald works without introducing the "romance that was not meant to be" motif into it.

Argh. Every minute I spend thinking about this yields another wrongness.

"I'm Dumbledore's man."

"Is it love again?" said Voldemort, his snake's face jeering. "Dumbledore's favorite solution, love..."

"Severus Snape wasn't yours," said Harry. "Snape was Dumbledore's..."

Headmaster. AAARGGGHH!


Anonymous said...

Arguing about the off-camera sex lives of fictional characters makes discussions of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin sound down-to-earth and practical.

(The graphic nearly made me spit coffee, though.)


Anonymous said...

Geoff said...

As I said to an over-zealous Potter fan who ecstatically IMed me about it... who cares? The man's 150 and dead, to boot. What about Oliver Wood?

Anonymous said...

I confess I am a little disappointed at the news, but only because I wrote a spoof of the 'Pensieve' scene in 'Chamber of Secrets' that hinted at a long-ago relationship between Dumbledore and McGonagall. (On the other hand, later in the piece there was that bit about Young Dumbledore, the three house-elves and the jug of olive oil...) :)