J.K. Rowling has made it official and has outed Albus Dumbledore at a recent event in New York. Many people are shocked by this, for a variety of reasons. I am one. I didn’t see any of the supposed subtle hints that others have mentioned. Mabe I’m just really slow on the uptake. Or maybe I just wasn’t looking for that and don’t really care.
You see, what does it really matter? Does Dumbldore’s sexuality have any kind of repercussions in the Harry Potter series? Not really. The man Dumbledore was in love with was his good friend Gellert Grindewald, and while that blind love affected Dumbledore’s actions as a young adult, I don’t see it as a big deal about his sexuality. It’s not like you see Dumbledore hitting on any of the male professors or his former students or anything. It seems like there are many people who are afraid that being homosexual means hitting on young boys or being completely driven by sex. No, my friends, that would be pedophiles and sexaholics.
So, ultimately, Dumbledore is gay, it’s going to affect more crazy religious people to try banning the books, but to me it just doesn’t matter. Personally I look at the character of a man, not his sexuality. It has nothing to do with me. Dumbledore’s character is definitely something to emulate.