yesterday that Britain's Royal Mail is releasing a special edition of stamps featuring some of the most famous (and fabulous) mystical beings from literature. Among the prestigious wizards and enchantresses honored are
from Arthurian legend or yore,
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
and the evil
and his virtuous foil
. We're huge fans of the
series for a multitude of reasons, but number one may just be the way author J.K. Rowling nonchalantly
that the beloved headmaster, perhaps the most kindly and wise character in the series, is gay. While Dumbledore's sexuality has no real effect over the plot, it was a brave move for Rowling to take such an admired literary character and add that little twist. But now that Dumbledore's likeness has been transplanted to a postage stamp, it begs the question: is Albus the first openly gay man to be bestowed such a high honor? Seems like the spell that Rowling and Dumbledore have cast is immune to bigotry. Magic, indeed.