The whole sexuality of Dumbledore flap I find doubly dull, and I'm more than a bit baffled by the many weird criticisms that Rowling's revelation has provoked. It's the kind of backstory that many writers take the trouble to create for their characters privately, but which they rarely make explicit because such details are rarely the point.

At any rate, I think fans of Rowling's work are bright enough to place this unrolling of the scroll in the proper context. This essay strikes just the right balance between informed textual criticism and geeky outrage.

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