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At a recent event, J.K. Rowling was asked whether the character Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of the Hogwarts School of Magic, was gay. She replied that he was, although there is no indication of this in any of the books. While some might find that deeply problematic, Dumbledore remains one of the most admirable characters in the series. He consistently takes up the cause of those who are abandoned and alone; he repeatedly stands against the forces of evil, even when it costs him his job; and he willingly offers up his life in circumstances designed to save someone who hates him. In the books, sexual orientation (whether Dumbledore’s or anyone else’s) is never an issue. What is clear, however, is that Dumbledore models a pattern for leadership and authority that deeply reflects all that God calls us to be.

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