I can’t say I saw this one coming, but it turns out that Albus Dumbledore is gay:
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed that one of her characters, Hogwarts school headmaster Albus Dumbledore, is gay.
She made her revelation to a packed house in New York’s Carnegie Hall on Friday, as part of her US book tour.
She took audience questions and was asked if Dumbledore found “true love”.
“Dumbledore is gay,” she said, adding he was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, who he beat in a battle between good and bad wizards long ago.
The audience gasped, then applauded. “I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy,” she said.
“Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” she added, saying Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down” and his love for Grindelwald was his “great tragedy”.
“Oh, my god,” Rowling, 42, concluded with a laugh, “the fan fiction”.
Rowling is smart. Given all the Kirk-Spock erotic fan fiction out there, I’d be worried too.
Reading the last book, I did sort of vaguely wonder about whether there was something more to Dumbledore’s friendship with Grindelwald, but the story didn’t really drop any major hints. As if the wingnuts who don’t want the Harry Potter books in school libraries because they think the books glorify witchcraft didn’t have enough reason to try to ban the books…
It seems that Rowling is almost intentionally tweaking these idiots and taking delight in it. Good. It doesn’t matter one whit to me whether Dumbledore is gay, straight, or asexual, as long as he’s a compelling character in a compelling story.