JK Rowling surprised her audience at Carnegie Hall in NYC on Oct. 19 by telling them that Dumbledore was gay. She was shocked by the response.
So what’s the big deal? Nobody saw that coming, for sure, but what’s the big deal? Many of my readers know how passionate I am about Rowling’s books, and especially her Christian agenda in the books, and so many have asked me in person about this news from Rowling. Those who would think this somehow disrupts Rowling’s Christian scheme and message demonstrate their misunderstanding of her work at best and their ignorance of the Christian message at worst.
There is not a singular Christ figure in Rowling’s stories. There are pictures of Christ and redemption from all sorts of characters and situations. This is true in real life, to which the stories point, too. Everyone reflects the image of God, Christ and redemption . . . in different ways. Even homosexuals, even Republicans, even Catholics, even pastors.
Here’s the transcript of the specific question that caused the big stir.
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. To an extent, do we say it excused Dumbledore a little more because falling in love can blind us to an extent? But, he met someone as brilliant as he was, and rather like Bellatrix he was very drawn to this brilliant person, and horribly, terribly let down by him. Yeah, that’s how i always saw Dumbledore. 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!”