Dumbledore featured on Top Ten LGBT Characters in YA Literature list
Albus Dumbledore has been featured on a new list of the top ten LGBT characters in young adult literature.
Madison Gallup, writer for Emertainment Monthly, explains,
Beginning with one of the most popular and controversial LGBT characters, the great Albus Dumbledore from JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series is a prominent member of the literary LGBT community. No, he never officially comes out in the course of the series, but there are hints to the wizard’s sexuality. Not making Dumbledore’s sexual orientation define his character was an interesting and important choice for Rowling to make. Even though she was quick to say that she wrote Dumbledore as a gay man, it is not explicit in the text. Perhaps Dumbledore would be a more powerful icon if he had come out within the series, but he serves as a reminder that a character’s sexual identity should not be what makes them intriguing and worthwhile to write about.
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