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Dumbledore was Gay, Everyone Else in Harry Potter Less Gay

Millions of Harry Potter fans suspected it, but now they can be in no doubt — Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. JK Rowling, author of the bestselling series, outed the character on Friday at Carnegie Hall, in New York.

Taking questions on a promotional tour for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book,
she was asked if Dumbledore, played in the latest Potter film by Sir Michael Gambon, had found “true love”. To gasps, she replied: “Dumbledore is gay.”

I’m sure this will shock people who assumed everyone male in Harry Potter was already gay because this implies that besides Dumbledore, Harry and the rest of the gang were not gay. Maybe they were just less gay.

But seriously it seems like J.K. Rowling did make a Harry Potter character gay but then lacked the guts to actually write it in in the novel, which is a pretty pathetic cop out. I mean if J.K. Rowling, who became a titan of kids publishing by ripping off Neil Gaiman (no pun intended) and some other people, couldn’t write that Dumbledore was gay in her last Harry Potter novel, who could?

Clearly she felt fine with suing readers who got the book a day early and threatening them with the police and now in NYC, she delivered the final cop out for a sham series. Dumbledore is gay.

The Adaptations of Neil Gaiman

Ugh. Neil Gaiman. Somehow the name seems to evoke that kind of wince in me, maybe because Neil Gaiman jumped the shark years ago, maybe it’s because he was never the genius he was made out to be, But as usual rumors continue to fly over various possible movie adaptations of Neil Gaiman, all of them varying between unlikely and improbable. From Empire Movie News

How much do you like Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Terry Gilliam? About £35 worth of like we hope, because that’s how much it’s going to take a million of you to cough up in order to get a Good Omens adaptation on screen.

How about just a quid. Good Omens was tedious and generally unfunny. A Good Omens movie would just about put you to sleep. Somehow Good Omens combines the most tedious parts of the Pratchett style with the cutesiest of Gaiman’s observations to make for a book that tries out your patience long before it’s done.

“I would always give anything to Terry Gilliam, forever, so if Terry Gilliam ever wants to do Sandman then as far as I’m concerned Terry Gilliam should do Sandman,” said Gaiman. “But Terry’s busy trying to get Good Omens made that Terry Pratchett and I wrote. He needs someone to give him $70m. If you or any of your readers have a spare 70 million dollars you are not doing it with then send it to T Gilliam, care of the London Pipe Organisation.”

Good luck. The only name there that raises any interest is Terry Gilliam but with Terry Gilliam, the budget needs to be twice that at the very least because he’s even worse than sam raimi at staying in budget.

World’s Finest Comic Book Artists and Writers DC Volume 2 Review

Created as a way to raise money for 9/11 relief efforts, World’s Finest Comic Book Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember Volume II often seems as if it has less to say about the events of September the 11th as much as it represents a mental and emotional snapshot of the state of mind of some people in the comic book industry after 9/11.

With DC at the wheel, Volume Two has the requisite superhero appearances beginning with Superman and a few more minor appearances by such as Static Shock. Neil Gaiman produces another Endless story. Even Superman’s super pup puts in an appearance but unlike Marvel’s own 9-11 tribute, DC’s Volume Two is less about the superheroes and veers unpredictably across uneven territory. Despite the glossy packaging and illustrations, Volume Two feels raw if only because the pages seem to leak the same confusion, pain, chaos and struggle to understand that characterized many New Yorkers at the time. That is not to say that Volume Two’s stories don’t offer answers, in fact they’re filled with morals and definitive answers with a range of opinions ranging from extreme patriotism to political correctness. But all the answers have the hollow feel of weak arguments by people who are unsure what to say and how to say it.

9-11 September 11 2001 “World’s Finest Comic Book Artists and Writers” Tackle the Tragedy

Harry Potter Mania Drags to a Close

With the release of the latest Harry Potter movie and the upcoming release of the seventh and last Harry Potter novel, the long international nightmare is nearly over.

While the brilliantly calculated hype rolls on, newspaper writers offer their dribs of purple prose in defense of the premise that J.K. Rowling is a brilliant children’s writer and Harry Potter is a beloved childhood classic that will live on for generations. They are wrong on both points.

J.K. Rowling is a strictly mediocre writer. Her characters and her descriptive abilities rank somewhere in the middle half of the sort of children’s books that are regularly put out. Her writing relies heavily on raiding and looting earlier books and boiling the mess down into the lowest common denominator volumes of Harry Potter. Neil Gaiman did it better and earlier with Books of Magic, featuring a bespectacled English boy discovering his magical abilities. The comparison between Books of Magic and Harry Potter is pretty much a comparison between a genius and the studious boy who tries very hard, isn’t very bright but who is taken under the wing by a wealthy patron.

Harry Potter is a triumph of marketing over storytelling and to the end it represents the merger between the kind of marketing micromanaged hype seen in movies and the music industry attached to children’s books. The result has generated billions of dollars. It is an impressive achievement, not in literature but in marketing. J.K. Rowling has produced nothing worthwhile and nothing that will endure when the hype machine begins to slumber. There are genuine works of the fantastic imagination that lives on through the decades long after Harry Potter has become an obscure reference.

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