Not the HP meta post I thought I would first write here but the one that fandom secrets seems to keep on pushing. Albus Dumbledore was written as gay from the Philosopher's Stone
onwards. But, he was subtle because it was the 90s and it was not safe to just have him shack up with his ah, how shall we put it, world domination searching boyfriend. I want to thank A and E for their time in hashing out some ideas with me and looking parts of this over before I decided to post t.
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this was written in the 90s
for Schoolkids. Primary aged.
I think far too many people see these stories through a present-day lens and forget that. I am not a person that believes JK Rowling would have got these books published if she said from the Philosopher's Stone
that it was a boarding school
under a gay headmaster
.So many schools banned the books anyway and certainly in the United States, where this push against her saying she should have said it from the start seems be strongest, the banning was at its most hysterical.
Another important detail I always want to chip in with is that Rowling is not
that great a writer. She is a wonderful world builder and she creates dramatic plotlines but years of meta and fan nerd wondering has demonstrated holes in everything she has done. The Potter fandom is a victim of itself. It put Rowling on a pedestal even when she said not to. Then they wondered why she fell of it. 'They' say that her using Remus as a comparison for Aids is flawed. Well, so is she. The basics of it are clear and show good intent. She just executes it badly. For adults. For the children it is aimed at the message is probably concrete enough, especially as it was given at a time when kids were still caught between parents freaking out at the mention of HIV and schools trying to push back against the idea that you could 'catch' HIV from a toilet seat.
The idea given is simple. A is perceived as a monster. This is wrong. A has done nothing wrong to have their illness. It is hard to catch A's illness if you do X and Y. Don't be like B, the nasty person. Be nice like C. Simple.
Adding to the 'gay Dumbledore' problem is that when she wrote the first five
books were published while Section 28 of the Local Government Act was still an active part of law in England and Wales. In Scotland it was the first three books that had been published under the law. This stated that local authorities,( Read more... )