Yeah, I laughed and smiled a lot when I read that yesterday.
However, I suspect that it's not so much that Dumbledore is "gay" in the sense that post-Grindelwald he went around thinking "oooh that guy over there is so hot" but rather, he was attracted to intelligence and the only person that was ever on-par with him was Grindelwald. Therefore Dumbledore fell in love with him. I don't think that we're supposed to think of him as a very sexual person, because I don't really think he was. Gelert was probably the only person he was ever in love with, Snape/Lily style.
Maybe part of the reason he was sympathetic to Snape is he'd had a similar heartbreak he'd never gotten over.
At any rate, it adds a whole new dimension to Dumbledore's character, and I'm glad JK told us.
very interesting thought. First, I also don't see Dumbledore as a sexual person myself. He, as Snape, experimented unrequited love. Snape saw Lily turn to what he thought was the worst thing for her (going out with James) and Dumbledore saw Gellert become a madman. Maybe Dumbledore suspected Snape loved Lily before Snape decided to betray voldemort, and saw himself in the way Snape loved Lily. But for Dumbledore, there was maybe a connection between Snape and Grindelwald: he was not able to save the man he loved from the "dark side", but he does try so with Snape, and succeds...
thanks for sharing your thoughts, very interesting!
Honestly, I was a little bothered by the news, but really just because I don't like to think of Dumbledore having any sexuality at all. It totally fits though, and I really wasn't all that surprised.
I think it was the perfect decision for Rowling to leave the whole issue out of the books though, because it shows that somebody can be gay without a huge amount of debate and fuss. It doesn't have to be a big deal. I know people will turn it into one, but at least in the world of HP it doesn't have to be.
yup I agree. I'm not complaining she left that out of the books, because HP is not about sexuality or sexual preference, it's all about love (didn't that sound awfully cheesy, eh? )
But yes, there is a debate now for sure. Maybe Rowling herself doesn't realise how big this is. It's a huge step forward in child literature, and it was about time someone did something like this!