Thursday, November 01, 2007

It's a fictional character...for Heaven's sake!

Yes, I mean Albus Dumbledore, the lovable Headmaster in the Harry Potter books. The hype and hoopla surrounding the recent revelation that Dumbledore is gay is unbelievable. I have read analyses, letters, book reviews and even a feature in a magazine on how it affects the series. Well...the simple truth is, it doesn't. Dumbledore's sexuality has absolutely no bearing on the story itself. Neither is it obvious to readers that Dumbledore was, in fact, gay. Then, what's the big deal? Whatever our reaction may be to homosexuality in general, I don't see how that interferes with our enjoyment of the books.

My greatest confusion comes from people saying homosexuality is anti-Christian and so it ruins the books for the reader. Tell me, do we think about religion while reading a story book? At least, I don't. To me, Dumbledore's sexual preferences hold no consequence whatsoever. To me, Dumbledore is a brilliantly etched fictional character, with his own flaws and drawbacks. That is what makes him human. If he is gay, and that is a problem, then it would be just another one of his flaws. Why should long-time readers of the Potter books suddenly detest both the author and the series? Do we stop reading the works of Oscar Wilde because he happened to be gay? If not, then why are we so obsessed with Dumbledore?

Maybe we, as readers, should learn to separate fact from fiction. Maybe we should be more rational in our outlook towards things that exist, even if we don't agree with what's happening. Does that make me a bad person? I hardly think so.

1 comment:

Medhini said...

Hey

you have a beautiful space here! Nice blog. bold ideas! Coming to the post, there was really no need to mention about the sexual orientation of Dumbledore or to that matter any fictional character or writer.