Human rights are extremely important. People should be treated equally no matter their race, colour, language, creed, socio-economic position, gender, and dare I say it? – sexuality. We’ve had this beaten into us for the last generation. Guess what, there are actually people who grow up in homes where they were taught to accept people because they were people. I grew up in a home like that, and I would be so bold as to say my children are being taught in a home like that as well. These special add-ons don’t make them any less of a person. That seems like common sense to me.
There are times, however, when people feel they need to make their ‘minority’ an obvious character trait. The media has been doing an over-the-top job of trying to include people from all walks of life. The token gay character in nearly every television show for example. The latest ridiculous chapter in this story belongs to J.K Rowling, who very recently announced that the beloved Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – Albus Dumbledore – is gay. In a recent book signing tour at Carnegie Hall in New York, a reader asked if Dumbledore ever found love. Rowling responded that she always thought of Dumbledore as gay. Well, I suppose she is indeed the author, and the characters are her creations. But how can an old single man’s sexuality possibly be important to a novel series of young wizards and witches?
Before you bother writing a comment about how I’m too conservative, right-wing, close-minded, homophobic, etc, etc, stop. Read this blog post again. Then tell me how making Dumbledore gay can possibly add to the story of Harry Potter. I’ll tell you how it can take away from the story. Dumbledore is a hero, leader, inspirer, teacher and many people’s favourite character. Him being gay doesn’t change those things. Have characters. Period. If they happen to be gay I think the world can handle that. Don’t have gay characters.
I still like Dumbledore. He’s still a hero of the series. I just find discussing or thinking about his sexuality in the context of a children’s novel series is unnecessary and inappropriate.