Dumbledore and Gandalf wed on lawn of Equality House

The newlyweds turn to face an applauding audience.

Amy Reinhardt

The Equality House in Topeka celebrated the marriage between Professor Albus Dumbledore and Gandalf the White at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7.

These two characters represent wizards from two fictional worlds. Professor Albus Dumbledore is a primary character from the “Harry Potter” series while Gandalf the White comes from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

“I think this wedding is a really cool idea because we’re able to bring together two fictional worlds in the name of love and equality,” said Damian Barron, a junior at Washburn University.

Both wizards were portrayed by local actors and members of the Topeka community who sought out the Equality House about being involved in the event.

The wedding took place on the lawn in front of the Equality House on S.W. Orleans St. The set-up depicted a traditional wedding with seven rows of chairs divided by an aisle with a flowered wedding arbor.

When the ceremony commenced, each of the grooms entered to the sounds of their own theme songs. Dumbledore entered first and was followed by Gandalf. Frodo Baggins, a hobbit in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, played the ring bearer during the ceremony.

Davis Hammet, director of operations for Planting Peace, performed as the minister who married Gandalf and Dumbledore.

“When I was nine years old if you would’ve told me that as an adult I would be planning a wizard wedding I think my mind would have exploded; it’s a dream come true in a lot of ways,” Hammet said.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Gandalf the White made a statement to the crowd about acceptance and called each attendee to be an agent of change in reaching out to those who have been hurt in society due to their sexuality.

“All of us love the stories from the “Harry Potter” series and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy because they’re about seeking out justice and finding courage and strength to do what’s right, and that’s what we did here today,” Hammet said.

There was a diverse crowd of over a hundred people who came and attended the wedding between Gandalf and Dumbledore.

“Events like this are really good for the community because they bring us together and they put love in the place of hatred,” said Farai Harreld, a mass media major at Washburn University.

Alex Laughlin and Nancy Heeney were two other Washburn students who attended the Equality House event.

“It’s one thing to hear two guys getting married at the Equality House, but to have Gandalf and Dumbledore get married is something that everyone is going to know about and will spread the love even more,” Laughlin said.

The LGBTQ rights activist group, Planting Peace, works to fight against bigotry and promote equality for all people.

“Our attitude is anytime there is something nasty in the world we’re going to help people learn that there is a positive way to deal with it,” Hammet said.

For more information about the Equality House and Planting Peace visit http://www.plantingpeace.org/