No American author would just come out and say a character is gay, just like that, at a conference the way that Harry Potter’s mum JK Rowling did at Carnegie Hall on Friday.
Fielding the question about whether Dumbledore would find true love, Rowling blurted out the wizard’s sexual preference – which was soon followed in the press by a Stonewall spokesperson’s statement that ‘There’s no limit to what gay and lesbian people can do, even being a wizard headmaster.’ Something about that bugs the hell out of me…
Number one: I don’t even THINK about Dumbledore taking a bath, much less seeing him in a state of sexual excitement and if he were gay, asexual or straight, I couldn’t give a toss.
Number two: in the world of wizardry surely one’s personal life shouldn’t come into your work life: wouldn’t that be like saying that a large wand is better than a small one?
And finally, does ANYONE think there are limits to what a gay person can do in general? Most of my gay friends are much more reliable and much more fun than my straight friends… I dunno.
Meanwhile, let’s listen to what John Hurt really thinks about his work. Listen here.