At the New York City stop on J.K. Rowling’s Open Book Tour, J.K. Rowling announced (in response to a question from the audience) that Dumbledore was gay. For various reasons, this has caused quite a stir. How does this change, if at all, how we perceive Dumbledore, how we view his childhood pursuit of power? Does this change the nature of the books, their appropriateness for children, or their religious character? All these questions, and a few others, are discussed in this week’s episode.
A few relevant links:
- Report from an eye-witness.
- Wikipedia article on “Death of the Author.”
- Wikipedia article on “Reader response theory.”
- Blogdigger blog search for dumbledore gay.
This week’s poll:
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