It’s been more than seven years since JK Rowling told the world Dumbledore was gay, yet the author still gets trolled for it. When one former Potter fan took to Twitter to vent his rage directly, Rowling handled the situation with the grace.
“Once u revealed Dumbledore was homosexual I stopped being a fan. Nice how u blindsided us with that one. Enjoy your billion $,” Frank Fraticelli tweeted at JK Rowling before deleting his account.
“I advise you to start following Brian Souter at once. He’s much more your kind of person,” Rowling replied and the total sum of the Twittersphere response appeared to be “oh, snap!”
For those readers who are not familiar with the who’s who of British business and politics, Brian Scouter is a businessman who fought to prevent teachers from “intentionally promote homosexuality.” The movement he championed was known as the “Keep the Clause campaign,” because the Scottish parliament was planning to abolish Section 28, laws that forbade such teachings in local governance.
Scouter’s cause lost, and he was branded as homophobic.
Anyways, JK Rowling’s response was considered a burn by many.
One part of Frank’s comment that seems to be fishy was the use of the word “blindsided.” It has been seven years since JK Rowling revealed to a crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall that she always thought of Dumbledore as gay. She went on to say he fell in love with Gellert Grindelwald, who added a great deal of trauma to Dumbledore’s life (Gellert Grindelwald was a dark wizard second only to Voldemort).
Since then, the world has debated Rowling’s choice for Dumbledore’s sexuality… but it’s been seven years. It may be considered a little late to still feel such shock, but that might simply be a tribute to the lasting cultural effects of Rowling’s writings.
In any case, the author seems more than prepared to answer back to politically and religiously charged attacks. When questioned about her books leading children to witchcraft Rowling had plenty to say.
“I absolutely did not start writing these books to encourage any child into witchcraft. I’m laughing slightly because to me, the idea is absurd. I have met thousands of children and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, “Ms Rowling, I’m so glad I’ve read these books because now I want to be a witch.”
JK Rowling’s latest political statement has nothing to do with Harry Potter. The author has taken up the cause to fight against Scottish independence. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the vote, which will be held on September 23, might change the world forever.
JK Rowling’s Twitter battle and responses can be found here.
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