Regardless of whether she intended Dumbledore to be gay or just said this as a whim, it's still information that's (mostly) extratextual.
"I'm a gay fan and I'm not amused.
- Firstly how very "nervy" of her to out him *after* all the books have come out and it won't harm her sales.
- Secondly not a single rumour of this in the books. Nothing. In my school the students speculated about their teachers being gay or straight, I'm just saying... So the argument of "Harry's big role model is gay. Hurrah!" is void for me, because Harry didn't have a clue. "Harry's big role model is a gay closetcase", yeah, that's more appropriate.
- Thirdly (oh I'm on a role) in another interview she mentioned "unrequited love for Grindelwald" and "his great tragedy". Seeing what she did to Snape, with his big life-long unrequited crush -who never loved again since he was 6 years old (puh-lease), this probably means that Dumbledore never went looking for love again. Basically we have a 150-year-old closeted virgin on our hands. What a positive message on homosexuality! I know I'm being very critical here, but to me she's saying "oh he's gay, but don't worry, he never did anything with it"
- Fourthly, why didn't she just leave one of her more sexually ambiguous characters ...er, ambiguous. Why marry off Lupin to Tonks, two characters that just *screamed* gay without being explicit. Is it because hey, they're young so they still have sex (homosexuals having sex is soooo not-done), while Dumbledore is so old and 'revered' you can't even imagine him ever naked? It just screams "old Celluloid closet queen" to me, I'm sorry.
To me it's just hypocritical. If she didn't put it in the books, she should not have bothered. (And I don't just mean "Dumbledore being gay", I also mean: not a single mention of any student *not* getting married in the epilogue. )"
My truthful answer to you... I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. ... Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.
Question: Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?
JKR: My truthful answer to you... I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. [ovation.] ... Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.
JKR: In fact, recently I was in a script read through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying I knew a girl once, whose hair... [laughter]. I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, "Dumbledore's gay!" [laughter] "If I'd known it would make you so happy, I would have announced it years ago!"
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