Video Interview of Trio, David Yates on Dumbledore Revelation

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Nov 07, 2007

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ITN now has a feature online that contains a new video interview with actors Dan Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), Emma Watson (Hermione) and director David Yates giving their reactions to the news about the character of Dumbledore being gay. This interview was conducted last weekend in London for the press launch of the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix DVD. To watch click here, then on the video box at the top of the screen.





46 Responses to Video Interview of Trio, David Yates on Dumbledore Revelation

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David Yates seems to understand the book Dumbledore. Ya think he might want to share that with Gambon??

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I agree with Emma it just fits! :D

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I was sort of right there with Dan at first, “She’s just winding them up”. But then, it was like, okay, this is real, alright, let’s move on.

Yates’ statements were fantastic. I just like him more and more all the time. Won’t say this completely until I see the 6th film, but almost hope he sticks around to finish off the series.

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Yeah, David Yates does seem to understand the books, but they will never have enough canon to satisfy me. He also started on the fifth film when there was already a strong tradition of not being that canon, especially with characterization.

Daniel Radcliffe kind of annoyed me. I hate how, even he, thinks that homosexuality is just a joke. Emma Watson was great though. And, despite my comments above, Yates really said wonderful things about Dumbledore and those are adjectives that true HP fans would have used as well.

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I love David Yates more every time he speaks.

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David Yates new about this for “a while”? Well that’s news to me!

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I’m really happy to know that David Yates actually understands these books, but was unimpressed with Dan’s statement. I think Emma was right on, and although I take issue with these movies in general, I’m glad that atleast one of the trio is an actual Harry Potter fan.

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GO YATES!!! He toatally has it right. Couldn’t have said it better.

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@Mrs. DM-P-Yates doesn’t seem the type to get into an actor’s face, especially a venerable one like Gambon. He’s soft-spoken and probably lets the older actors do their jobs.

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I said what I had to say on the hosexuality of Dumbledore.

But!

Just for the sake of argument, it could have been totally platonic. Very, very, intelligent people, occasionally, are totaly asexual. They just do not have de hormones for that. They live in another world. Therefore, Dumbledore could have had a perfectly platonic relation of a homosexual nature, because the object of his love was extremely smart, as smart as he was, and also a man. Big deal!

What if that exceptionally inteligent person had been a woman, would not Dumbledore have been smitten by her brains as he has been with the other fellow? I like to think so. It was the meeting of the minds that provoked love and admiration, not his body.

Love can take many forms. JK has been very silent on the whole matter, so far. Therefore, we are free to speculate all we want. I go for platonicity my self.

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I disagree with your arguments on so many levels, Serge, but as you say, to each his own.

(I go for the mansex option, myself. Because, you know, why not? It happens. And that is usually included in the definition of “gay”)

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michael gambon doesn’t read the books and he’s only seen part of one of the 3 films he’s done. So I’m sure someone HAS to tell him something about the character he plays. Either David Yates or JKR or someone gives him some backstory or something to work with. But whatever, I like the way he plays Dumbledore. The man is a talented actor. But I agree with Dan’s response, I have no idea what Rupert said, and Emma’s answer completely sums up my feelings about the whole thing. It does just fits. If you go back and read some of the stuff Dumbledore has said to Harry like in book 6 when he told Harry that when he makes mistakes they tend to be big ones, he was totally talking about Grindelwald there and I know that now. It just fits.

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Emma is right, it does fit. I look back now and it seems so obvious, but we never noticed because it just wasn’t important.

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Serge: Except the fact that she said he was gay. Not bisexual. Not asexual. Not “one homosexual fling in which he was experimenting.” Gay- his whole life. Not platonically in love. Romantically. If Grindewald were a woman he would not have fallen in love with him. Comments like yours make me hope that in JKR’s head-canon, Gellert and Albus at many points got it on.

Is it just me or did they cut off right as Rupert was about to say something else? Something tells me that sometimes they just stick the poor kid in interviews because they feel obligated to.

David Yates is love. I don’t like how he hacked up OotP but he has a good grasp on the characters, and I hope his grasp on the characters overrides Kloves lack thereof.

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is it just me or is anyone else getting really tired of hearing about all the dumbledore is gay crap… i dont care that he is gay but enough is enough… i have to listen to all the rude jokes made by the guys at my school and i’m really tired of coming home only to have more on the same subject when i go to find out RELEVENT HP news. Sorry if I have offended anyone. It’s not that I mind that Dumbledore is gay it’s the fact everyone is making such a big deal over it!

-HPfreak

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I heard nothing offensive in those comments-from Dan or anyone else-and I think those who were offended are just trying way too hard to be offended. I was very relieved to hear Yates’ comments! I agree that he really does seem to understand these characters and what’s important.

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Yeah Kelly, he said that Dumbledore being gay came as a shock to him, but… and then got cut off. :/ Shucks!

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I’ve got to say, I’m perfectly fine with Dumbledore, and I really don’t think any of this should matter, nor should it be such a huge point of discussion. He’s gay—ok, got it. That’s all I need to hear, thank you. Of course I do care what Yates and the trio think about it, I mean, it’s Harry Potter news, isn’t it? And of course, everyone here loves all things Harry Potter, but can we please move on to another subject? This is getting really old…I mean, doesn’t anybody want to discuss ANY of the other new canon JKR has put out?

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i too am really tired of hearing about the whole gay thing. and, HPfreak, i am not sorry if anyone is offended that i feel that way. if people want homosexuality to be more accepted(for lack of a better word) stop making such a big deal about it. it is what it is. get over it. and i agree with gina that there was nothing offensive with the “duo-and-a-half”s comments(poor rupert)

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I really like Yates, he did a good job with the fifth film. True it wasn’t perfect, but lets hope the sixth film is even better. As to Dumbledore being gay, we’ve been through that hurricane already. I’m not going to state my opinion on it here. However, I really don’t like how the media is sensationalizing it. Really, he is a fictional character, lets move on with our lives.

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Haha Kelly I agree with you on everything!

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Yeah, well done Jo Rowling for making the DD is gay such a big issue /sarcasm. Bored with it, can we move on please.

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What a fantastic set of interviews! Each, articulate and to the point! I think the whole group (Emma, Dan, Rupert are splendid! I am more and more impressed! Good for everyone and good for JKR!

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I would have been surprised if Yates or any of the trio had been outraged by the “new” Dumbledore. As Yates said in the DVD Launch interview, it just wasn’t a big scandal in Europe.

I was very pleased with Yates’s description of Dumbledore’s character. He really seems to understand what JKR meant Dumbledore to be.

Having watched the trio in interviews for so long now, their responses were what I would expect. Emma’s response (“it makes sense”) was very thoughtful as always. Dan, as usual, injected humor into his response. And Rupert’s answer was short and to the point. I thought all three were true to form. I like these “kids” very much.

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All of them responded perfectly! I respect them so much! ROCK ON YATES!!!

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though I do agree with everyone that all this is getting annoying! ahem-not reallly a big deal anymore…

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Dr. Phil: Don’t blame Jo. She didn’t make it a big deal. She was asked a question in an interview and answered. She didn’t call a press conference or set up an interview to reveal it or something. It’s sort of amazing how people manage to twist everything she does against her.

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I absolutely agree!

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I agree with what Emma said. In this day and age, homosexuality is not a social problem that is worth fussing about. I have no problem that Dumbledore is gay. I do however have a problem with Dumbledore not even knowing that he’s gay. That’s just careless writing. The author have never given a hint that he’s gay giving the impression that this is a last minute invention on her part, written specificallly for book 7 to underscore the great sacrifice he did in choosing good over his love for Grindenwald. Wouldn’t have been a problem if HP is not a series but now Potter addcits like me go back to the other books and were just stumped to find nothing there to give us a clue. Bad writing I say…

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Thea: There’s plenty of hints, and if Dumbledore had been a younger character instead of a wise mentor figure whose sexuality most of us have never considered, I’m sure we would have picked them up. The fact that it wasn’t totally obvious just makes it more real.

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Thea, think about what author you’re talking about. JK Rowling does not do “last minute inventions.” Why was it not mentioned in the books? Because it’s not relevant to the plot. While we’re at it, a lot of other characters’ sexual orientations are irrelevant, like (I just picked three characters at random) Neville’s, Mundungas Fletcher’s, Katie Bell’s, etc etc.

By the way, the title of this article… “Dumbledore Revelation”? Anyone else find that a bit weird?

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This only illustrates the essential problem with the “outing”; that it was so unnecessary and it threatens to overshadow the next two movies. I thought Rupert Grint’s obvious reaction portrayed the shock that most people really felt when JKR f made that unfortunate comment.

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So, I take it he’s still gay…

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Not mentioning he is gay and not knowing he is gay are two different things. Tell me, what does Harry knowing about Dumbledore’s sexuality have anything to do with his mission?

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“I do however have a problem with Dumbledore not even knowing that he’s gay. That’s just careless writing.”

No it isn’t. The books are seen from Harry’s point of view, so what it really happening in them is that Harry doesn’t know DD is gay, and why would he? Why would DD tell him when, he kept his friendship with Grindelwald secret from everyone?

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I aggree with Emma Watson : ” it all makes sense, now ”. We had a few hints, occasionally, that he was odd. Now we can relate to these instances and we can understand their true significance. It is all very amusing.

Let us smile and carry on with life.

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I love Yates, he is really very thoughtful about the characters. I also agree with what Emma said.

About the criticism that there were no clues to Dumbledore´s sexual orientation in the books: Well, since Dumbledore´s sexuality did not at all pertain to the story and the plot and was not to be revealed in the books anyway, there didn´t have to be any clues. It was just an additional background information on the character given by JKR upon asked a direct question. Apart from that, a couple of people had caught on it before, so there seem to have been very sublte clues (although admittedly, I didn´t catch on them, but that doesn´t say much really ;) )

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Lolz This might sound really wierd but… I liked how Daniel Radcliffe said “gay”. I like hearing how people say the word (is that wierd of me?). 0_0 I also liked the way David Yates said “sexuality” .... does anyone else like to do that or is it just me???? seriously it was kewl he said it like he was rolling a sweet around in his mouth and gestured his hands like he was trying to grasp the concept of sexuality laughs. Daniel started scratching himself and looked at the floor in preparation of saying “gay” psychologically indicating mild discomfort… lol we should make celebrities say sexually indicative words all the time TIS FUN to analyze!!

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Any hope we could hear less about this?

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Hahaha. This Dumbledore being gay thing really won’t ever get old to me. Upon finding out I was shocked, of course, I mean—I thought Leaky had been hacked! I then immediately thought about Grindelwald and how it makes sense, and mostly realized it doesn’t have any impact on me, when it comes to my thoughts of his character. He’s not a sexual being, and all I was interested in was the fan art that I knew was going to come out. Avatars galore. This period in the fandom is amazing and I’m happy the fandom got a little spark, even though its reaction generally was a bit more um…widespread than I expected. I love Dumby, always will. The trio’s reaction and especially Yates’ thoughts were interesting to see. Dumbledore FTW!

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I really don’t think this is going to have an impact on the film, other then them NOT putting in the scene where Dumbledore talks about “that girl he knew”. Which they shouldn’t have written in the script anyway since its not in the books. I’m glad Jo corrected them.

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It does fit. Although I did not see that coming!! That was definately a shocker!

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If Joe corrected them about “that girl he knew”, at the time of the filming, she was fully intended in making that anouncement at a later date.

That was very honest on her part.

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Wish I could have heard a full response from Rupert, but then again he never realky much. Dan is usually very mature but he kind of got a bit schholboy-ish about this (though I suspect that was deliberate – to show some people how stupid they’ve been about this subject).

Lovely mature response from Miss Watson, and yes, David Yates obviously understands the characters in the books. He also understands that not everyone who is gay where’s it like a flashing light for everyone to see, so there is no need to make it ‘obvious’ (whatever that entails) in the films.

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Oops, typos all over my post there lol. I meant ‘schoolboy-ish’ when refgering to Dan’s response, and for Rupert ‘but then again he never really says much’.

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David Yates is the best director for these Harry Potter movies and he cotinues to suprises me. He undrestand every bit of the book and is putting it into action.Also I agree with Jessie it actually does fit him being gay, but I don’t care I still love Dumbeldore.He’s still… awesome

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