Was she going to slap you because you never in any way made him gay in the actual books, taking zero risks/doing absolutely nothing for gay characters in literature, and only announcing your “authorial intent” afterwards for a cheap shot at looking like an ~ally~
Gay people are just normal people. We are not told about any of the Hogwarts professors love lives, other than Snape, and it would be completely out of character for Dumbledore to walk around telling everyone about his sexuality.
Did you want her to make him dress in glittery platform boots, a crop top, and decorate his office in rainbow flags to make it more obvious for you? Would that be enough of a stereotype to appease you people? Or what? Please tell me. I’d like to know how you think a gay character is supposed to be portrayed.
And did you miss the Grindelwald chapters in the ‘actual books’? Or was that also not obvious enough for you? Did Dumbledore need to whisper “always” wistfully in order for you to connect that he had romantic feelings for Grindelwald? Maybe you are American and need them to gaze longingly into each others eyes with awkward close ups of their fingers almost grazing each other that Hollywood thinks means ‘true love’.
It didn’t fit into his relationship to Harry to ever say “I’m gay”, and so it was not stated explicitly (you might have noticed the book was told from Harry Potter’s perspective).
The point is though, that he is a homosexual, well respected, powerful, and very loved wizard- and his sexuality doesn’t matter because no one else thinks it matters. a.k.a. no one care that he loves men, and that is wonderful.
I’m going to have to jump on this post here.
This is not acceptable. It is not okay for the attitude about representation in media to be ‘nobody cares’, because that does fuck all for representation. The reason that ‘no one cares that he loves men’? That nobody knows.
It’s almost funny that you think that we want the character to fulfill your idea of what a gay man should act like- let’s be clear, we don’t. ‘Please tell me- I’d like to know how you think a gay character should be portrayed’ um, as gay??? As in, in the books, at some point, he refers to his sexuality rather than it being something that is revealed afterwards as a pointless easter egg?
And pardon me for not deducing Dumbledore’s feelings for Grindewald as I read the book as a young child. At this point I’d never been told what homosexuality even was, but SURE I guess it is obvious if you just read properly!!! Isn’t it funny how straight people criticise us for reading queer subtext into canonically ‘straight’ relationships but then are so quick to turn around and blame us when we can’t find it, or god forbid want more???
And as far as it being explicitly stated in the books… I don’t have them to refer to right now as I’m in a rush, but I seem to recall Harry asking Dumbledore if he was ever in love. All that would have needed to happen here was for Dumbledore to say ‘a young man broke my heart when I was very young and I haven’t loved another since’ OR SOMETHING.
So sorry. I’m not buying your bullshit about nobody knows=nobody cares=good. What nobody knows means is that, as I finished the books as a 10 year old, I still didn’t know what gay meant, and I had no gay role models that would have made coming to terms with my sexuality around 110% easier.
I agree with this above. In my writing, I want sexuality to be normal. Bisexual, asexual, homosexual, pansexual are all normal. It’s not a bunch of secrets or subtext to be read certain ways. It’s clear. That’s how i wanna do it.