This Will Cause a Fanfic Frenzy…

The Associated Press reports that JK Rowling made a surprise revelation in New York this week when asked by a fan at a signing if Dumbledore every finds "true

"Dumbledore is gay," the author responded to gasps and

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival
Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between
good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an
extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore’s feelings, adding that
Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."

Dumbledore’s love, she observed, was his "great tragedy."

"Oh, my god," Rowling concluded with a laugh, "the fan


3 thoughts on “This Will Cause a Fanfic Frenzy…”

  1. Couldn’t Rowling say pretty much anything she wanted about her characters, now that the books are finished, though?
    This story, to me, is an example of a creator buying into hype about how rich and worthwhile their stories are, and making pronouncements that retroactively find depth where they forgot to put it in the first place. George Lucas did a lot of this sort of nonsense with Star Wars, but it took him years to get round to it…
    One report claims that Rowling said she saw the books as some kind of extended discussion about tolerance… I don’t even really know what to say to that, beyond that I don’t really see it…

  2. Equally, some of us (mostly slash fans) had been saying since book 7 came out the tenor of the correspondence between Gellert Grindelwald and Dumbledore meant that was a reasonable conclusion to draw. Nice to find that we were right for once.


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