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Re-reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling

The reading of which gave me an idea: Re-reading this book in light of Rowling revealed that Dumbledore is gay, I have a theory: there was more to Dumbledore/Grindlewald than mere friendship. I think they were lovers, and the death of Dumbledore's sister somehow caused a falling-out between the two, maybe in combo with some moral dilemma Dumbledore was going through. And Dumbledore's 5 year reluctance to finally challenge Grindlewald was due to lingering affection for the man. Here, have some evidence:

In the letter from Dumbledore to Grindlewald wherein he is talking about "Wizard dominance being for the muggles' own good," he ends the letter thusly (bold is my own emphasis): 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. Doesn't that sound like "lovers" to you? It does to me. Shaky evidence, I know, but that's the only thing concrete I have, the rest is just a feeling, an overall pattern emerging from bits and pieces.


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Jul. 23rd, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
I think you're about a year too late with this observation. lmao xD

JK Rowling actually made a public statement saying that Dumbledore was gay after there was huge fandom excitement over DumbledorexGrindlewald xDDD
Jul. 23rd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Oh. :-)
Jul. 23rd, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
First time I read it, I thought nothing of the Dumbledore/Grindlewald thing. I guess I never thought about Dumbledore's sexuality until she made that revelation.

I seriously think she should write another Harry Potter book, or at least a book in that universe. Maybe a prequel, about Dumbledore.

Also, is it my imagination, or was she trying to imply that Grindlewald and Hitler were connected somehow? Grindlewald's prison Nuremgard sounds a lot like Nuremberg.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
Good point. I don't think Rowling is noted for her subtle social commentary, so quite probably xD
Jul. 23rd, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
A strange part of me (fancy that!) wonders if Grindlewald WAS Hitler. After all, they never found his body, I think. And he was into the occult. The "spear of destiny" might have been the Elder Wand.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
The "Spear of Destiny" is the spear that was used to pierce Christ's side on the Cross to prove he was dead.

And the Holy Grail was the cup at the Last Supper.

There are several other interesting "magic" items connected with those events.

And, of course, there's also the Wandering Jew (the fellow that Christ supposedly said something like "Tarry here until I return".

One of the soldiers involved in the Crucifixtion is supposed to be hanging around for similar reasons.

Edited at 2008-07-23 06:28 am (UTC)
Jul. 23rd, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
I know. :-)
Jul. 23rd, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Now that... would be so cool. And quite possible. I mean, one of Dumbledore's friends has a name similar to a centuries old occultist. And there was mention or implication, I think I remember, of wizards trying to go public (ie old occultists who worked with royalty and attacked by the church and such) before the magic ministries made that illegal.
Jul. 24th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
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