Monday, October 22, 2007


Okay. I just saw that J. K. Rowlings stated that Dumbledore was gay. My question has nothing to do with his announced sexual orientation nor the appropriateness in what at least started as a book for children.

The question is this: If, as a writer, we do not relate some detail about a character in text (directly or with strong evidence), do we have a right to determine the detail --OR-- should that detail belong to the imaginations of the readers?

I realize that there is a lot of back story for every book that never gets into print. This was probably the case for Rowlings. Still, I say if its not in text, its for the readers to debate or decide -- once the book is published, the only way to add details should be in the form of a sequel. (this is strictly the opinion of this blogger and in no way reflects the opinion of Google or any of its affiliates :-) )

Now, I confess up front I have not read book seven and there may indeed be strong evidence. I'm not, however, under that impression, but would like to know. (I haven't read reviews in any form as not to spoil the book when I do get to it.) Regardless, I'm still curious about other opinions on my question.

Jim D.

1 comment:

PJ Hoover said...

My understanding is that this helps explain why he acted certain ways in Book 7 which may have otherwise seemed a bit out of character.