Things I really don’t want to know

Just as most of us, at least through childhood, like to cling to the comforting belief that we are all products of some type of immaculate virginal conception (“My parents didn’t do that! Yuck!), so too do I prefer that some fictional characters function in a cerebral world devoid of messy sexuality. I therefore really, really didn’t need to know that Albus Dumbledore, amazing headmaster of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books, is gay. It is, to my mind, too much information.

7 Responses

  1. Agreed. I had to skim the article because I so didn’t want to know it. Post on it? Eeeuw. That I definitely didn’t want to do! Hate those dirty fingers on the keyboard.

  2. FYI, “immaculate conception” refers to a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church which holds that Mary, mother of Jesus, was born without original sin. You are thinking of “virginal conception” or “virgin birth” (as it is known familiarly).

  3. Thanks, Thomas. I didn’t know there was a difference.

  4. Way too much information!

    But a fan of Harry Potter and of homosexuality was sad because Rowling didn’t have him act more so in the books, which would have been outrageous in children’s books. I think Rowling knows what she’s doing. She didn’t “out” him until she sold most of the books that will be sold.

    Sometimes I think it would be nice to wake up one morning in the 1950’s and spend a day there, just for the fun of it.

  5. On the other hand, no one mused, during these years, that Rowling’s Dumbledore sure does seem to be gay! Which means she kept him “in the closet”. Why would gay activists be happy with her for that? The wizard was either ashamed of it, or he thought it unimportant to his daily interactions with everyone else… and both of those viewpoints are anathema to the gay left.

    The truly strange thing about this is not what Rowling had in her mind about the backstory of any of her characters. What’s truly strange is that the audience BURST into applause when she responded to the questioner with her admission. That’s just a very odd reaction, to me. “She’s one of US!” would be the motive for applause, but this was just an everyday group of fans.

    If she’d said, “I always sort of saw Dumbledore as a Jewish Prime Minister, you know, and Voldemort as Bin Laden, or Achmadinejad”… now that would have gotten my applause: She’s one of US!

  6. It is, to my mind, too much information.

    That’s why I watch my shows and rarely, if ever, delve into who the actors are or are not. I mean, if you are a fan of 24, then you had better not try to read the background of Keith Sutherland. He may be the star of the show, but he certainly isn’t a fan of it. Which is an interesting dynamic for a social experiment, but….

  7. I only saw the first harry potter movie; I tried reading the books but didn’t make it through past a couple of pages in the first book.

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