September 2nd, 2007

harry potter

More on the Dumbledore controversy

I noted the other day that the Wizard of the Month feature over at gives the wrong date for Albus Dumbledore's death. I have since learned that other Harry Potter fans are taking issue (spoilers in the comments) with the date given for his birth, because it contradicts the date they -- the fans, that is -- had made up for use in fan fiction. To be fair, their date was based on statements made by J.K. Rowling in a couple of different interviews, in which she stated that Dumbledore was 150. But it would seem Rowling changed her mind somewhere along the way, since the information presented in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows about Dumbledore's life is consistent with the birthdate listed on, not the fanon date. Some fans believe that Rowling deliberately changed Dumbledore's age to "stick it to the fans" -- ellid: "I really believe it." -- but that's just another example of how Harry Potter fans are absolutely freaking insane.