pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD/GG)

Sadly, Saturday's comic does not continue the Dumbledore theme, but wanders off in the direction of not being able to tell fantasy from reality.

In other news, I want to apologise for the recent lack of fic and to let you know it might be a while before I get around to writing anything. I just got a promotion (more work, not more money), on top of which I am planning a wedding. I have to fly home three times in the next two months, which will be eating up all my available weekend days, and my betrothed is coming over to visit me in December. It may be January before I get anything written again. Sorry. No one wishes I had free time more than I.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD/GG)

I feel your pain, Jeffrey....
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD/GG)
God knows why I am doing this since my free time has become very limited of late, but I've been skimming through the books looking at everything Dumbledore said and did. Here are some quotes I found that now (for me at least, and perhaps for some of you as well) have another layer of meaning added to them since the release of DH and certain subsequent revelations.

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." (PS:12)

"[H]umans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things which are worst for them." (PS:17)

"The truth [...] is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution." (PS:17)

"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." (PS:17)

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." (CoS:18)

"The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed..." (PoA:22)

"You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us?" (PoA:22)

"My own brother, Aberforth, was prosecuted for practicing inappropriate charms on a goat. It was all over the papers, but did Aberforth hide? No, he did not! He held his head high and went about his business as usual! Of course, I'm not entirely sure he can read, so that may not have been bravery..." (GoF:24)
Note: The first time I read this quotation of course I found it really funny. But now that I know the reasons behind Aberforth's lack of education, it seems sort of heartless of Dumbledore to be making a joke at his brother's expense about it.

"Curiosity is not a sin [...] But we should exercise caution with our curiosity..." (GoF:30)

"[Frank and Alice Longbottom] were tortured for information about Voldemort's whereabouts after he lost his powers, as you heard."
"So they're dead?" said Harry quietly.
"No," said Dumbledore, his voice full of a bitterness Harry had never heard there before. "They are insane." (GoF:30)

"Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery." (GoF:35)

"If I thought I could help you [...] by putting you into an enchanted sleep, and allowing you to postpone the moment when you would have to think about what has happened tonight, I would do it. But I know better. Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it." (GoF:36)

"No spell can reawaken the dead," said Dumbledore heavily. (GoF:36)

"You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognise that it matters not what someone was born, but what they grow to be!" (GoF:36)

"Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy..." (GoF:37)

Sleepy now; will find more tomorrow....
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD/GG)
I am having a thought, and this is it: We spent the Harry Potter series finding parallels between Harry and Snape and Voldemort. But what about Dumbledore and Snape?

To start with, both are Half-Bloods (if the speculation in DH about Dumbledore's mother was true) who come from difficult family backgrounds. Both fell in love and lost that love at a young age. Both were indirectly responsible for the death of a loved one.

It's no wonder Dumbledore trusted Snape. Perhaps he saw in Snape what might have become of him if he had allowed himself to be consumed by guilt and bitterness. I've heard a few people mention how troubling it is to have Dumbledore touted as a gay role model when he ended up being one of the few characters to spend the majority of his life alone (so far as we know), but how much more isolated was Snape? He ended up far more cut off, reviled, misunderstood and morally grey than Dumbledore, in spite of their respective sexualities.

I am suddenly finding the fact that Harry proved his forgiveness of these two men by naming his son for both of them rather fitting.

If anyone has any other parallels or contrasts to add to this, I would love to hear them.
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[livejournal.com profile] tammypierce replied to my comment!!!!

The one and only reason this is slightly less of a big deal than J. K. Rowling replying to an LJ comment is that I know Jo has a hell of a lot more people placing demands on her time than Tammy does, due to her enormous fame. Tammy probably only gets dozens of emails a day rather than the hundreds or thousands Jo must get. Still, she probably gets more correspondence than she can reasonably keep up with *and* write full time, so I feel very special.

Edit: I just commented again on her journal asking what she thinks about the public reaction to Dumbledore's "outing". I hope she answers. She has always been very open with fans about the romantic preferences of her own characters.
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Apparently even David Thewlis, who plays Remus Lupin in the movies, thought that his character was the gay one:

O.K. but what about the revelation that Albus Dumbledore is gay? Thewlis concedes that threw him for a loop, but not for the reasons you might think. "The funny thing when Alfonso Cuaron directed "The Prisoner of Azkaban, the first film that I appear in, he had the idea that Lupin was gay and he described my character like a 'gay junkie'.

I have a lot of complaints about that movie, but it did make me a Remus/Sirius 'shipper. If Cuaron intended all that subtext, then I think I can forgive him for a lot else.
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I've just thrown together a bunch of very simple icons.

here be rainbow-flavoured slashy )

I just can't stop! )

take, credit, comment
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Now that I've had a chance to catch my breath, here are my much calmer thoughts on Jo's most recent revelation:

I think this is awesome. And I completely understand why she couldn't be explicit about it in the books or in interviews before the series was completed. After all, these books are/were an industry and the bottom line is that a lot of people's paychecks rode on how well the series did. Being controversial for the sake of being controversial is not good business.

If Jo had made this announcement before now, it would have been a Statement, and it would have taken focus off of what the stories are meant to be about. These books are about Harry and his journey. Dumbledore's sexual preferences are not a part of that, nor should they be. Harry, bless him, is a rather unobservant and self-involved teenager who probably never guessed or knew that his hero was a gay man until long after the fact.

The thing that I really love about this is the statement Jo is indirectly making by it: The greatest and most powerful and respected wizard of the 20th century was a gay man. Just because Harry didn't know it doesn't mean no one knew it, especially after Rita Skeeter's "biography". And NO ONE CARED about that. It was not mentioned as a significant part of the controversy surrounding Dumbledore's character.

I also love the implication of what the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald must have been like. Two teenage boys and one intensely passionate summer, cut short by the double heartbreak of Ariana's death and Grindelwald's abandonment, followed by how long it took for Dumbledore to at last reluctantly confront the man he had loved. I *really* want to know about that final confrontation now, even more than I did before.
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This is the best news I've heard since House told Wilson he loved him and Jack kissed Ianto. I *hoped* Jo would make an announcement like this as soon as all the books were published, but of course I really wanted it to be about Remus and Sirius. Damn her for saying Lily and James supported Remus, but bless her for confirming that the greatest wizard of the age was gay as gay can be! I want a transcript of everything she said now.

J. K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall Reveals Dumbledore is Gay )
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Albus is the new Wizard of the Month over on JKRowling.com. We have a birth year, folks! And it's a lot more recent and we were previously led to believe.


The death date should be 1997, though.

I wonder if she's planning to go through all the major characters now? Because that could be cool. It would also be nice to have birthdates for Sirius and Peter while she's at it.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD - Wardrobe)
I dreamed I was at an HP con. It was huge. My impressions are very sketchy. A lot of people I knew were there and having drama. I remember sitting at a table at the front of the room, and then a man came in. I think it was Dumbledore. He gave a welcome speech somewhat reminiscent of the ones Dumbledore always gives at the start-of-term feast in the books. And then he announced the release of Deathly Hallows, and presented the first copy to those assembled. He picked it up from where it had been hidden under the table where I sat. I had almost had my feet resting on it. And then I had to go help a friend do something and I missed the rest of what he was saying. Everyone was rushing to go get in line to collect their copy. I knew I had preordered mine, so it was okay. And then I realised that the official release date was still a few weeks away, and my copy wouldn't arrive until then. The book was there and I couldn't get my hands on a copy to read. It was maddening.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - JP/LE PP HP - Secret Keeper)
I've added almost 3000 words to the final section of There Is A War tonight, bringing the section's running total to just under 5000. Tonight James and a pregnant Lily narrowly escaped Death Eaters with some unexpected help, and they are now discussing some very difficult possibilities with Dumbledore. Writing Dumbledore always wears me out. Since I have to be awake in five and a half hours, I think I must sleep now and finish it later. LJ's new posting page is confusing my tired brain.

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