“I’ve always liked Dumbledore – just not in that way”

A cautionary tattoo story.

Not that there is anything wrong with it.

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  1. Ha, y’know, when I read the last Harry Potter book, I thought to myself that Dumbledore was gay and that the flashbacks describing his very close friendship to another wizard were probably describing an old (and tragic) love affair.

    So when JK came out with the news, I thought Aha! I was right.

    But now the Religious Right has another reason to try to get the books burned (besides the blatant witchcraft!)

    Ha. I wonder how many parents are having to explain the recent revelation….heh.

  2. I never got into the books so I never got that far.

    I think it funny that this guy spent months getting this massive tattoo and is now all uptight over it.

    That’s interesting that you found an allusion to an old/tragic love affair. The coverage on this has implied there is nothing in the books at all on this.

  3. “But he did all right for a few weeks … till he came….

    “Grindelwald. And at last, my brother had an equal to talk to, someone just as bright and talented as he was….

    “But after a few weeks of it, I’d had enough, I had…so I told ’em, both of ’em, face-to-face, like I am to you, now….

    “Grindelwald didn’t like that at all. He got angry. He told me what a stupid little boy I was, trying to stand in the way of him and my brilliant brother…”

    –This is Aberforth (Dumbledore’s brother) talking to Harry and Hermione in Chapter 28 of the final book.

    Earlier in the final book, Chapter 18, Harry comes across a copy of a celebrity-scandal tell-all type of book called The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, and skims through it to find this:

    “Hiterto, all that has been known of Grindelwald’s next movements is that he ‘traveled abroad for some months.’ It can now be revealed that Grindelwald chose to visit his great-aunt in Godric’s Hollow, and that there, intensely shocking though it will be for many to hear it, he struck up a close friendship with none other than Albus Dumbledore.

    ” ‘He seemed a charming boy to me,’ babbles Bathilda, ‘whatever he became later. Naturally I introduced him to poor Albus, who was missing the company of kids his own age. The boys took to each other at once.’

    “They certainly did. Bathilda shows me a letter, kept by her, that Albus Dumbledore sent Gellert Grindelwald in the dead of night.

    ” ‘Yes even after they’d spent all day in discussion — both such brilliant young boys, they got on like a cauldron on fire — I’d sometimes hear an owl tapping at Gellerts’ bedroom window, delivering a leter from Albus! An idea would have struck him, and he had to let Gellert know immediately!'”

    Included in the book is an excerpt of the letter referenced, in which Dumbledore expresses his joy in meeting Grindelwald; G. had been expelled from the Wizarding school Durmstrang, but:

    “We seize control FOR THE GREATER GOOD. And from this it follows that where we meet resistance, we must use only the force that is necessary and no more. (This was your mistake at Durmstrang! But I do not complain, because if you had not been expelled, we would never have met.)

    Albus”

    Finally, the author of the book wonders why Dumbledore delayed for 5 years (later down the road) “taking down” Grindelwald — btw, one of the most famous wizarding battles of all time, in which Dumbledore slays Grindelwald:

    “Neither Dumbeldore nor Grindelwald ever seems to have referred to this brief boyhood friendship in later life. However, there can be no doubt that Dumbledore delayed, for some five years of turmoil, fatalities, and disappearances, his attack upon Gellert Grindelwald. Was it lingering affection for the man or fear of exposure as his once best friend that caused Dumbledore to hesitat? Was it only relunctantly that Dumbledore set out to capture the man he was once so delighted he had met?”

    Of course, others might read out of these things other things, or think of the sort of romantic but masculine friendship which is not homosexual….but some gays might have been able to read between the lines!

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