OKAY, SO, MY DAD COMES IN AND HANDS ME A LETTER TODAY AND HE WAS LIKE “well I don’t know what’s happening but I’m pretty sure this is for you” AND THIS IS WHAT HE HANDS ME:
so naturally I OPEN IT.
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WAS EXPECTING TO FIND
someone legitimately took the time and money to write out this letter EXACTLY as it appears in Goblet of Fire, and COVER IT IN STAMPS. THEY EVEN SEALED IT WITH WAX.
I DON’T KNOW WHO THE FUCK DID THIS
WHAT IS HAPPENING
Was she going to slap you because you never in any way made him gay in the actual books, taking zero risks/doing absolutely nothing for gay characters in literature, and only announcing your “authorial intent” afterwards for a cheap shot at looking like an ~ally~
Gay people are just normal people. We are not told about any of the Hogwarts professors love lives, other than Snape, and it would be completely out of character for Dumbledore to walk around telling everyone about his sexuality.
Did you want her to make him dress in glittery platform boots, a crop top, and decorate his office in rainbow flags to make it more obvious for you? Would that be enough of a stereotype to appease you people? Or what? Please tell me. I’d like to know how you think a gay character is supposed to be portrayed.
And did you miss the Grindelwald chapters in the ‘actual books’? Or was that also not obvious enough for you? Did Dumbledore need to whisper “always” wistfully in order for you to connect that he had romantic feelings for Grindelwald? Maybe you are American and need them to gaze longingly into each others eyes with awkward close ups of their fingers almost grazing each other that Hollywood thinks means ‘true love’.
It didn’t fit into his relationship to Harry to ever say “I’m gay”, and so it was not stated explicitly (you might have noticed the book was told from Harry Potter’s perspective).
The point is though, that he is a homosexual, well respected, powerful, and very loved wizard- and his sexuality doesn’t matter because no one else thinks it matters. a.k.a. no one cares that he loves men, and that is wonderful.
For the umpteenth time seeing this post, I’m calling bullshit
The absolute lack of queer visibility in Harry Potter is jarring and totally real. It is nakedly unrealistic that a kid would go through 7 years of school and not have any gay classmates, but for all the peripheral characters, there was not one mm or ff couple mentioned at the yule ball, at the Christmas parties, at the weddings and funerals
No one is talking about Dumbledore signing up for pride parades or fulfilling a fucking stereotype, they’re calling bullshit on the fact that there is a whole and significant chunk of HP fans who were excluded from Hogwarts because we didn’t have a voice there. That Seamus didn’t have a male date to the ball and that Parvati didn’t crush on Hannah Abbott. That, for all you and me and JKR may take it as canon that Sirius and Remus were together, that Dumbledore was gay, *they weren’t in the books*, no more than any of the dozens of queerbaiting shows this website is in love with- but we all readily admit that those aren’t canon, not really, not until the kiss or the dance or the corner snog that no one in Harry Potter ever had.
I fucking love Harry Potter, I fucking love Sirius and Remus, I fucking love Dumbledore but this argument falls apart the minute you look at it, because *no one* was really GAY in Harry Potter no matter what anyone, and that includes the lovely and talented author, might say.
And the fact is that it would be lovely and wonderful if we lived in a world where a character with an undefined sexuality was potentially gay in people’s minds, but in a book where LITERALLY NO ONE was gay, why would anyone thing that about Dumbledore?
I’m fine with how Dumbledore was written and his not being outed until afterwards.
I am sincerely and absolutely not fine with there not being a single queer character ACTUALLY IN HARRY POTTER. Don’t go slapping anyone on the back and congratulating them for their queer characters when they don’t actually exist yet please.
I went upstairs to ask my mom something and she was rereading harry potter so I was like o I’m sorry did I interrupt a climactic moment or something and she BEGAN TO READ ALOUD DOBBY’S DEATH SCENE AND KEPT READING UNTIL I RAN OUT OF THE ROOM CRYING THAT I WAS SORRY