Was she going to slap you because you never in any way made him gay in the actual books, taking zero risks/doing absolutely nothing for gay characters in literature, and only announcing your “authorial intent” afterwards for a cheap shot at looking like an ~ally~
Gay people are just normal people. We are not told about any of the Hogwarts professors love lives, other than Snape, and it would be completely out of character for Dumbledore to walk around telling everyone about his sexuality.
Did you want her to make him dress in glittery platform boots, a crop top, and decorate his office in rainbow flags to make it more obvious for you? Would that be enough of a stereotype to appease you people? Or what? Please tell me. I’d like to know how you think a gay character is supposed to be portrayed.
And did you miss the Grindelwald chapters in the ‘actual books’? Or was that also not obvious enough for you? Did Dumbledore need to whisper “always” wistfully in order for you to connect that he had romantic feelings for Grindelwald? Maybe you are American and need them to gaze longingly into each others eyes with awkward close ups of their fingers almost grazing each other that Hollywood thinks means ‘true love’.
It didn’t fit into his relationship to Harry to ever say “I’m gay”, and so it was not stated explicitly (you might have noticed the book was told from Harry Potter’s perspective).
The point is though, that he is a homosexual, well respected, powerful, and very loved wizard- and his sexuality doesn’t matter because no one else thinks it matters. a.k.a. no one care that he loves men, and that is wonderful.
To hell with that. Also “maybe you are American”? The fuck does being American have anything to do with wanting actual explicit representation? How about it’s that I’m queer? How about I wanted it to be explicit because I was a teen then, not even comfortable with admitting I was bi to myself and it would’ve helped me to see it out in the open in a book I loved because I’m queer? And the way things turned out, I wasn’t able to accept it until I was twenty-fucking-seven.
Because it’s never explicit when it’s in the media. If it’s there it’s usually unspoken, easy to dismiss, even when a one off line of “I loved him” would’ve been reasonable to say to a teenager because said teen wasn’t a bigot and wouldn’t have made a big deal of it. Being queer isn’t who you are, but plenty of actual gay people don’t shy away from admitting they love/loved the people they love/loved unless they think it’ll get their heads cracked open - and sometimes they say it despite it.
"I loved him," and Harry, an older teen that was generally nonjudgmental would’ve just nodded and not made a big deal of it because he wasn’t the kind of kid to and the conversation would’ve carried on about dark wizards and shit.
If she wasn’t going to make it explicit, she shouldn’t have made a cheap attempt for ally cookies and said it at all, especially when she had all the power in the world by the last few books to write whatever she wanted.
She didn’t do anything offensive with that. It wasn’t like that, but what she did was still neutral. Word of god isn’t the same as actual representation. She seems like a nice woman and I admire her for her hard work, kind nature with kids, and generosity, but seriously:
Did you want her to make him dress in glittery platform boots, a crop top, and decorate his office in rainbow flags to make it more obvious for you? Would that be enough of a stereotype to appease you people? Or what? Please tell me.
First of all what the fuck.
Second of all, fuck that. I wanted him to be portrayed exactly the same with a single line saying something like ”I loved him.” A single line. One throwaway line, man, that’s all it would’ve taken and she doesn’t deserve pats on the head for being progressive when she didn’t do it.
Bless her heart for the good she’s done, don’t get me wrong on that, people should be singing her praises for donating so much of her money to good causes and her personal kindness to many kids (especially sick kids), but that was a total neutral on the representation front. Nobody should be singing her praises for that.
And before anyone goes “blah blah write your own YA books with explicitly gay characters then” you’re damn right I will. I already am.
I’d like to know how you think a gay character is supposed to be portrayed.
I think a gay character should be portrayed as actually gay. And if you think a crop top is the only way to portray a character as gay, for the love of all that is holy never become a writer because your writing will be such stereotypical shit.