Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has served up the perfect response to a fan who couldn’t quite get their head around why one of the Books’ main characters, Dumbledore was gay.
Rowling, 49, revealed Dumbledore’s sexuality almost a decade ago in 2007, after the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published, yet it still seems to be an issue for some people on Twitter.
In a now deleted tweet, Harry Potter fan Ana Kocovic asks Rowling, “I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is gay because I can’t see him in that way.”
Rowling’s response was simple but brilliant as she tweeted “@anakocovic21 Maybe because gay people just look like… people?”.
Despite having been handed a very public, albeit polite, slapdown by Rowling, Kokovic responded with a very gracious: “Amazing answer … yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration.”
In 2007, Rowling said that Dumbledore was gay when she revealed he had lost his moral compass after falling in love with Gellert Grindelwald as a young man.
“I had always seen Dumbledore as gay, but in a sense that’s not a big deal. The book wasn’t about Dumbledore being gay. It was just that from the outset obviously I knew he had this big, hidden secret,” she said in a 2008 interview with The Student.
“The issue is love. It’s not about sex. So that’s what I knew about Dumbledore. And it’s relevant only in so much as he fell in love and was made an utter fool of by love. He lost his moral compass completely when he fell in love and I think subsequently became very mistrusting of his own judgment in those matters so became quite asexual. He led a celibate and bookish life.”