The Changing Faces of Literature: A Tale of Two Bumblebees (Part Three)

by Lee Cross

(Read Part 1 and Part 2)

Davy [the man who produces all the amazing comics here] raised a point about how he now visualizes the characters from The Lord of the Rings – while he had clear images of them in his own mind pre-Peter Jackson, he feels those images have effectively been altered due to the actors who played the roles…

[Originally in the space I had some words (several hundred of them) giving my opinions on the LOTR movies… in short, they were negative, particular in regards to the casting, which is why I feel my own memories haven’t been affected.]

…Which brings me to the two Dumbledore’s because I loved Richard Harris portrayal. It was almost exactly as I saw the character, particularly as he seemed in The Philosophers Stone and The Chamber of Secrets (the two adaptations he filmed before, sadly, passing away).

the-dumbledores

Michael Gambon took on the role for the later movies, another great actor who I have nothing but respect for, and totally missed the mark; he just looked all wrong, he scowled too much and never smiled when he should.

Now thinking back, with Davy’s thoughts to mind, I wonder if Gambon’s portrayal disappointed me because he wasn’t true to my memories of the books, or because he wasn’t true to his predecessors performance.

[Neither man has changed my ‘two lines’, I’d speak of Dumbledore’s eyes “they’re old and young at same time, filled with hope, yet selflessly fearless”, with that being exactly what I think Mr Harries captured.]

I’ve read since that Rowling has stated that AB was Gay, which wasn’t something I never took from the character or it’s description (the way he looked) in the novels.

Honestly, I viewed the world of Hogwarts as a sexless and sexuality free environment, I know there’s relationships and love spoken of but to me they built around childlike innocence. Let’s not forget that we’re talking about a series of children’s books, do kids have any concept of what homosexuality is? (aside from childish slurs)

When I see Dumbledore in my mind I don’t see a gay man, never did; yet JKR did… I’m close to veering off target (again) but the question should be asked; who’s opinion is more valid in instances such as these, the reader or the writer?

I suspect the answer might lay within; who is the better informed (another bloody question).

[I’m just going to leave that idea, and come back to it another time, as a blog of its own I think]

[end of part three]

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