As many of you hard-core Harry Potter fans probably already know, J.K. Rowling has revealed that the character of Dumbledore is gay and that Dumbledore had been in love with Grindelwald. At her appearance at Carnegie Hall on Friday night, the last stop on her U.S. tour, a young fan asked Rowling if Dumbledore finds "true love." This is when Rowling outed her character.
"Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down." Dumbledore's love, she observed, was his "great tragedy."
This news has caused waves of mixed reactions, though many people seem delighted:
"Jo Rowling calling any Harry Potter character gay would make wonderful strides in tolerance toward homosexuality," Melissa Anelli, Webmaster of the fan site TheLeakyCauldron, told The Associated Press. "By dubbing someone so respected, so talented and so kind, as someone who just happens to be also homosexual, she's reinforcing the idea that a person's gayness is not something of which they should be ashamed."
Rowling, however, speculates that some folks may not be too pleased to hear this news, referencing Christian groups that have already expressed displeasure with the series for its inclusion of witchcraft. Rowling mused that these same people may not be happy with this new information.
Time to weigh in, Potter fans: Did you suspect this the whole time? Does this change anything, or doesn't this news matter to you?