Richard Harris played the character of Dumbledore
J.K Rowlings, the successful author of the Harry Potter series of books is a straight married woman. She is also a woman with a social conscience who recognizes that gay and lesbian characters exist not only in books but in society as well.
Dumbledore is Gay
This was J.K Rowlings decision to make the kindly headmaster of Hogswarts School a gay character.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, a fan reached out to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on Twitter earlier today to ask her why she made Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore a gay character, reports U.K. newspaper The Independent.
“Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him in that way,” wrote Ana Kocovic.
Rowling aptly responded with this simple tweet:
.@anakocovic21 Maybe because gay people just look like… people?
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 24, 2015
Kocovic then graciously responded to Rowling’s answer, thanking the author once more and calling her an “inspiration.”
Rowling is no stranger to interacting with fans on Twitter. She responded similarly last year when a fan reached out to her asking whether or not there are LGBT students on the “modern age” Hogwarts campus. Rowling famously replied with this meme:
The Reasons Behind J.K Rowling’s Gay Character.
Rowling’s statement that Dumbledore was gay caused a great debate among critics. Melissa Anelli, webmaster of the fan site The Leaky Cauldron told The Associated Press, “J.K. Rowling calling any Harry Potter character gay would make wonderful strides in tolerance toward homosexuality. … By dubbing someone so respected, so talented and so kind, as someone who just happens to be also homosexual, she’s reinforcing the idea that a person’s gayness is not something of which they should be ashamed.”
Mark Harris writing for Entertainment Weekly said, “her (Rowlings) choice to make a beloved professor-mentor gay in a world where gay teachers are still routinely slandered as malign influences was, I am certain, no accident.” The stars and director of the Harry Potter films were generally supportive of Dumbledore’s “outing” as well.
Lewis H Nagel · Madison Comprehensive High School
Dumbledore’s story throughout the series was one of a kind man living with significant guilt over mistakes in his past and decisions he has had to make for an overall better future. From the first book we are shown that Albus would rather not look at or discuss himself or his past, but look ahead. His deflection of Harry’s question about what he see’s in The Mirror of Erised seen in the context of the series as a whole is obviously deeper than what was thought at the end of Philsopher’s Stone. Regardless of all, Dumbledore as a supporting, educational, and parental figure was still not the main character so his sexuality in the main story is not an issue.
As the creator of all of these characters, J.K. Rowling
has every right to tell us at any time whatever backstory she has on them. Newly developed or in her mind from the start.
Personally, I’m hoping to hear how Seamus Finnegan and Dean Thomas are living happily together running a shop in Diagon Alley raising their kids.