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J.K. Rowling Responds Perfectly to Fan Who 'Couldn't See' Why Dumbledore is Gay

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J.K. Rowling has proven again what an LGBT ally she is in a response this week to a fan questioning why she made the Harry Potter character of Albus Dumbledore gay.

Said Rowling: "Maybe because gay people just look like... people?"

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J.K. Rowling Says 'Of Course' There Were LGBT Students At Hogwarts

HpThough it’s been over seven years since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Potter enthusiasts’ interest in the wizarding world remains as strong as ever. In a public Twitter chat with her readers, J.K. Rowling took the opportunity to field questions from Harry Potter fans about the Hogwarts student body.

A number of questions focused on diversity within Hogwarts. While characters of color like Cho Chang, Parvati Patil, and Angela Johnson were featured prominently throughout the series, readers were curious as to whether any of the students were ever queer-identified.

“But of course,” Rowling tweeted matter of factly with a graphic message reading: “If Harry Potter taught us anything, it’s that no one should live in a closet.”

Throughout the series’ seven novels no characters were explicitly identified as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Rowling did, however, eventually reveal that Albus Dumbledore, one of Hogwarts’s most esteemed headmasters, was always a gay man in her mind.


Harry Potter vs. Star Wars: VIDEO

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Missed this now super-viral clip earlier in the week. Australian wannabe filmmakers, Danny and Michael Philipou filmed this clip in about two days and edited it in about a week, adding the special effects. The filmmaking force is clearly with them.

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Harry Potter Wanders Penn Station, Looking for Platform 9 3/4: VIDEO

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The latest in Improv Everywhere's 'Movies in Real Life' series features a kid playing Harry Potter wandering Penn Station to find his way to Hogwarts.

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If you missed their last prank, the When Harry Met Sally mass orgasm, it's a hoot as well.

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Harry Potter Actor Calls Casting Of Gay Actors And Gay Characters 'Ridiculous'

Lucius malfoyWentworth Miller's recent decision to come out in protest of Russia's anti-gay laws was courageous for a number of reasons. Jason Isaacs, best known for his work on films such as The Patriot, Peter Pan, Black Hawk Down, and for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, detailed many of those reasons in a recent interview with UK's The Telegraph, reasons that he calls "ridiculous".

“I have a lot of gay friends who don’t come out,” said Isaacs in the interview. “If you are a romantic lead, there is a perception – I don’t know if it is true or not – that you will no longer be cast as straight people." Many agents are convinced that, if the public knows that you're gay, they'll be unable to see you as a romantic lead in a heterosexual love story. Similar comments have been made by Bret Easton Ellis, and promptly landed him in hot water with GLAAD.

Isaacs continued: 

“Even when casting gay roles, there is a tendency to cast straight people, so they are lauded for their transformation. It’s ridiculous. The notion that a gay actor can’t seem like they are in love with a woman on screen is so patently absurd I can’t believe it still exists.”

Jason-isaacs-jason-isaacs-25494081-350-346Of course, one might argue that if more gay actors start coming out, the better they'll be able to change the public's perception. But Isaacs certainly respects his friends' right to embark on their own coming out journey on their own terms:

“It is not for me to push my gay friends to come out. I certainly don’t think that anyone should sacrifice their careers, if that’s what they think it would be, to make a political statement. But my friends who have done that feel immensely relieved and walk taller in their shoes. I would never judge anyone.”

Another actor from the franchise, Harry Potter himself, no less, is one of those straight actors who was lauded for his transformation into a gay character. He even has a widely-discussed gay sex scene in Kill Your Darlings, one that he called "unshocking" according to HuffPost Gay Voices. Radcliffe expressed similar sentiment in aniinterview with Out magazine, in which he said:

"You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight -- to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love."


London, 2012: VIDEO

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After an iffy start involving horses and pitchforks, last night's Olympic opening ceremony was dazzling. Sadly, NBC is being stingy with video. The bulk of the thing has yet to make it online, and what has made it online is un-embeddable. Hopefully that'll change soon. The lighting ceremony and subsequent fireworks show is very worth seeing, and is so far absent from the web.

In the meantime, please enjoy:

Towleroad-roadicon A clip from a segment of the ceremony celebrating British children's literature, in which Voldemort, the Queen of Hearts, Cruella DeVille, Mike Oldfield, and assorted nasty things menace a stadiumful of sleeping children;

Towleroad-roadicon A stirring clip of "the forging" of the Olympic rings (so called because that's what everyone's calling it, though nothing's actually being forged);

Towleroad-roadicon The Queen being escorted to the Olympics by 007. (The pair proceeded to jump from a helicopter, though NBC hasn't released that footage, either.)


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