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Harry Potter Creator Outs Key Character

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Posted on Oct 20, 2007
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Out of the magical closet:  Rowling said Dumbledore’s great love was rival wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

J.K. Rowling, author and creator of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter franchise, revealed to a packed Carnegie Hall on Friday that Albus Dumbledore, the revered Hogwarts headmaster in her book series, is gay.  When her announcement sparked a round of applause, Rowling said, “I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy.”


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Rowling told the audience that while working on the planned sixth Potter film, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, she spotted a reference in the script to a girl who once was of interest to Dumbledore, played by Sir Michael Gambon in the films.

A note was duly passed to director David Yates, revealing the truth about her character.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards.

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By rage, October 22, 2007 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment
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So what! Who cares?

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By Dorothy OZ (not in KS anymore), October 22, 2007 at 10:39 am Link to this comment
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To those of us with ‘gaydar’....nothing new.

Glad to hear it was announced to those without gaydar or other secret powers of detection.

Can’t wait to see the ‘spin’ on all this.

Jerry Lewis & people like him (who use the word FAG) must be having a fit over this news.

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By GrammaConcept, October 21, 2007 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

......Marvelous News…...

As for how this relates to Truthdig…..As I see it, TD is about revealing Truth squeezed out of the confusing possibilities that abound on All levels of our culture….Fictional characters of not, these books have profoundly integrated all the cultures of the literate, reading world in the 21st century…...To have this ‘detail’ revealed will, happily, get even more non-fictional characters, of all persuasions, pondering, communicating,and ideally, talking with each other about this most genuine of Human issues….

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By RAE, October 20, 2007 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment

I’m sure Dumbledore isn’t the only homo in Hogwarts but just this one should be enough to put the Pope into cardiac arrest!

Yes, Virginia, there are GAY people everywhere, and you’d better thank your lucky stars there are. Can you even imagine how DULL life would be if it was left to the boring, sheep-like heteros to arrange the entertainment?

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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By DennisD, October 20, 2007 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t know how this story relates to world events or truthdig in general but knowing the sexual orientation of fictional characters should become a regular truthdig column.

Bill & EJ can contribute to this as well as write their never ending Al Gore for President crap. It has the same relevance as this waste of pixels.

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By thomas billis, October 20, 2007 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment
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Oh no our children have been exposed to another gay character.First the teletubbies and now this.Let us see how many kids go out on Halloween as Dumbledore.I suggest that if any children come to your door as Dumbledore you give them a cassette of show tunes.I cannot wait for the outpouring of bullshit from the religious right.As the President so eloquently stated"childrens do learn from Harry Potter.”

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