What a difference a day (or a few months) makes. Jo Rowling came out of the closet today--or at least her creation, Albus Dumbledore, did. That's right Potter fans everywhere, Rowling--in her great wisdom--has revealed to all the world that the wisest, kindest, most powerful (and famous) wizard in literary history is gay.
According to Rowling, "I always thought of Dumbledore as gay . . . . Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald [a bad wizard he defeated long ago], and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was." http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2196020,00.html
What a stand for diversity!
What a triumph for gay people everywhere!
What egg on the face of "Christian" supporters like Christianity Today, the culturally correct publisher of feel-good articles like, "Why We Like Harry Potter" (2000). Christianity Today recommended Potter because "Rowling's series is a Book of Virtues with a preadolescent funny bone. Amid the laugh-out-loud scenes are wonderful examples of compassion, loyalty, courage, friendship, and even self-sacrifice. No wonder young readers want to be like these believable characters. That is a Christmas present we can be grateful for." http://www.ctlibrary.com/ct/2000/january10/29.37.html
Harry Potter a "Book of Virtues?" Is this an alternate reality?
Rowling's agenda has always been clear: she sees nothing wrong with Witchcraft, in fact, she glorifies every little detail by wrapping them all up in the shiny tissue paper of fantasy. The occult is a lucrative business, and Rowling knows this better than anyone else. She's made hundreds of millions of dollars working and playing in the wonderful world of the occult.
Here's my take on Harry Potter: Over the years I read them to see what all the fuss was about, and at first I thought (sadly) that they were entertaining. Offensive, yes, without a doubt--and I said so publicly--but I had to give Rowling her due when it came to story-telling.
Today, after intense research into the world of the occult, I would never read another Potter book or waste my time on a Potter movie again. Sure, the adventure part is great, and it's true that you can teach your kids what not to believe, simply by analyzing a Rowling book, but God hates evil, right? He hates it no matter how fun, exciting or educational it is, and if we love Him, shouldn't we hate it, too?
"There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God (Deuteronomy 18: 10-13). God takes a very dim view of all forms of Witchcraft, including the entertainment kind. Witchcraft is not cute, funny or inspiring. It is not virtuous, although it often wears the mask of virtue. God calls it an abomination, and I don't know about you, but that's enough for me.
I'd be willing to bet a giant bag of Halloween candy that Jo Rowling planned this Dumbledore announcement a very long time ago. I personally think that one of the reasons she did it was to keep Christianity from claiming even the tiniest shred of Harry Potter . . . ever. It's interesting how she conveniently revealed this final detail long after everyone bought her last book which proves that even Rowling, a woman richer than the Queen of England, still likes to make a buck (or a pound). Just wait until the Harry Potter theme park opens in Florida . . . . Cha-ching.
Albus Dumbledore is gay, and he has been and will continue to be a tremendous influence on millions of children. "One blogger wrote on a fansite: 'My head is spinning. Wow. One more reason to love gay men.'" http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2196020,00.html
In the end, though, Rowling has actually done the Christian world an enormous favor by her perverse revelation: she has settled the Harry Potter debate once and for all.