I think people are missing the point that, oddly enough, the book Harry Potter series is about HARRY FUCKING POTTER and is told, largely, from his point of view and observations. HARRY FUCKING POTTER IS ABOUT AS OBSERVANT AS A DAMN BRICK in most cases. Half of the time he wouldn’t know what in the hell was going on even though it was right there in black and white in front of him. We’re talking about the same HARRY POTTER whom saw Snape’s hand-writing for years, and still was clueless as to whom the HBP was when he was looking through the potions text book. Is it any wonder that a book, written from this kid’s perspective, doesn’t wave a flag around that Dumbledore is gay? The man himself could have told Harry directly and Potter still wouldn’t have gotten it until Hermione explained it to him.
And yet we got the sexuality of: Harry, Hermione, Ron, Krum, Cormac, The Patil Twins, Luna, Cho, Lavender, Fred, George, Percy. Ginny, Dean, Bill, Fluer, Cedric, Neville, Draco, Pansy, Angelina, Penelope, Katie, Hagrid, Snape, Lily, James, The Longbottoms, the Malfoys, Tonks, Remus, The Tonksws, Lockhart, The Weasleys, The Dursleys, AND MORE.
It’s almost like we got the sexualities of all the STRAIGHT characters in the books, canonifed in all sorts of ways, even with Harry Potter as the main PoV character.
Your excuses are shitty low-cal sweet tea. Try harder.
Sorry are we forgetting about the other bunch of comments going around on this post?
Dumbledore’s sexuality wasn’t relevant to Harry’s story.
I distinctly remember one reblog saying something like…
Did you want him to wear go-go boots and ride a pink unicorn around everywhere to express his sexuality?
Harry and Albus didn’t have the kind of relationship where discussing sexuality would have been normal - especially since, oh, I don’t know, Dumbledore was a 150+ year old man and Harry was a teenage boy, y’know?
If Dumbledore had told Harry “Oh by the way, I’m a homosexual,” it could be construed as a very old preacher coming onto a teenage boy - something England and the Catholic church were and are trying to get away from.
Albus didn’t need to say his sexuality because it wasn’t relevant.
And just because those characters mentioned above ended up dating heterosexually, doesn’t mean they were ever straight. Because of my faith in Harry Potter and in Jo, I perceive each of these characters as blank slates, with the exception of their respective canonical relationships and crushes.
Let me repeat. Just because their endgames were hetero, doesn’t mean the characters didn’t dabble, experiment, or identify otherwise. You believing that, to me, seems to be a result of heteronormativity.
Even you are assuming that straight is default, even though you don’t have to.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but sexuality was never discussed in the books or movies, just the relationships.
- Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore never needed to wave a gay flag or dress in drag because it was not, overall, relevant to the story. His love for Grindelwald was a sidenote that I picked upon first reading the chapter(s).
- Just because a character’s endgame is hetero, does not mean the character identifies as hetero.
- None of the characters (to my knowledge) were canonically identified as straight. They are open to interpretation and self-projection.