J.K. Rowling, author of the amazingly successful Harry Potter novels, broke new ground in 2007 when she revealed that Albus Dumbledore, one of the characters in the series, was gay. Now, seven years after the conclusion of Harry Potter series, the fact is still enough to rub some folks the wrong way. However, when a “former” Harry Potter fan actively sought out Rowling to say “once u revealed Dumbledore was homosexual I stopped being a fan. Nice how u blindsided us with that one. Enjoy your billion $,” Rowling was not one to take it sitting down.
@halfelven55ff I advise you to start following Brian Souter at once. He’s much more your kind of person.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 6, 2014
For those who don’t know, Brian Souter, he is a Scottish businessman who worked to keep the Section 2A ban on promoting homosexuality in schools. It was clearly not an endorsement from Rowling of the Twitter user’s character.
As of this writing, Rowling’s tweet has been retweeted over 450 times and favorited nearly 1,000 times, which shows the overwhelming support the Harry Potter author has had since the reply less than twelve hours ago.
According to Digital Spy, the user has since made a comment regarding Rowling’s response, saying, “I made a comment about JKR + her homosexual wizard and my twitter account exploded. EXCUSE ME for NOT accepting that deviant lifestyle lol.”
The news of Dumbledore’s sexuality first made headlines back in 2007 after a reading of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in Carnegie Hall. During a Q&A, Rowling was asked by a Harry Potter fan, “Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?” Rowling’s blunt response stunned fans around the world.
My truthful answer to you… I always thought of Dumble as gay… Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was… In fact, recently I was in a script read-through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying he knew a girl once, whose hair… I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, “Dumbledore’s gay!”
It was definitely one of the more interesting out-of-story twists that Rowling has brought to the story, and it is very interesting to see that its impact sticks with us to this day.
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