Potter books teach tolerance

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Ms. Rowling, Ms. Rowling," screams an excited fan, "does Dumbledore ever find true love?"

J.K. Rowling looks into the audience and coyly responds, "Dumbledore is gay."

What?

Why would the author of the Harry Potter books say that? Is she trying to create controversy?

At the end of the interview, Ms. Rowling stated that the whole book is a lesson in tolerance. Suddenly, the comment about Dumbledore being gay seems perfect. Her novels do bring a variety of races together.

The fight between Harry and Voldemort is more than a fight of good versus evil; it's a fight of tolerance versus intolerance. The fact that Harry, the ultimate hero of the series, befriends mudbloods and house elves also plays off the theme of tolerance.

Malfoy, who never touched house elves or mudbloods, was shown as a minor villain throughout the series. When thinking about Voldemort and his propaganda against mudbloods, I realized that this could be a direct reference to the Holocaust. Ms. Rowling wanted her readers to realize how wrong and ridiculous it is to discriminate against people because of their backgrounds.

Ms. Rowling is sending a great message to millions of readers. Seriously, whenever a new Harry Potter book or movie comes out, the media talks about it for days. Her message of tolerance could not be more obvious, either, especially in the last few books when Voldemort is rising to power. Her message is welcome during this time of constant political arguments over immigration and illegal aliens.

I think Ms. Rowling did an amazing job teaching her lesson. She started building on it from the first book -- when Malfoy insinuated that Hermione and Ron weren't good enough -- to the last book, when Voldemort started speaking out against mudbloods.

This most recent comment about Dumbledore, the greatest wizard of his time, being gay is just Ms. Rowling's way of saying to accept all types of people. I commend Ms. Rowling, and I think that everyone can learn something about tolerancefrom Harry, Hermione and the Weasley family .

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