J.K. Rowling has outed one of the main characters of her best-selling Harry Potter series, telling fans in New York that the wizard Albus Dumbledore, head of Hogwarts school, is gay.
Speaking at Carnegie Hall on Friday night in her first U.S. tour in seven years, Rowling confirmed what some fans had always suspected -- that she "always thought Dumbledore was gay," reported entertainment Web site E! Online.
Rowling said Dumbledore fell in love with the charming wizard Gellert Grindelwald but when Grindelwald turned out to be more interested in the dark arts than good, Dumbledore was "terribly let down" and went on to destroy his rival.
That love, she said, was Dumbledore's "great tragedy."
"Falling in love can blind us to an extent," she said.
The audience reportedly fell silent after the admission -- then erupted into applause.
The silence was due to the fact that they immediately scurried off to write more slash fiction involving dumbledore engaging in watersports in the male prefects' bathroom. To be followed by furious masturbatory celebrations, of course.
Cripes. So he's a homo. So what? I mean, it's not as if it were hard to tell. He spent 6 books grooming Harry Potter and we all knew he was going to hit that the minute it turned legal. Death simply came to him before he had the chance. If he didn't die, book 7 would have been called Harry Potter and the Magical Rimjob. It certainly puts the whole battle between him and Grindelwald into perspective. In fact, I'll bet anything that there are already multiple stories being popped online right now taking that into consideration.
I've always thought Harry Potter fans were sorta wonky but that's mostly because they mostly consist of horny slash writers/readers. Frankly, I don't see the thrill but it apparently gives middleaged heterosexual women something to do. Since heterosexual men are usually the ones filming and/or writing about lesbian porn, I guess that makes some sort of sense.
I just don't see the point in cheering the fact that he was gay. It's not like she made that a pivitol part of his character as told in the books, which might actually have provided a positive rolemodel or something. It was completely incidental as is. To just toss it off after the fact seems not only sorta cowardly, but incredibly self-serving to boot. 'I have something to tell you kids. Dumbledore is really....Pakistani!' *awed silence* *cheers break out* WTF?