JK Rowling reveals Dumbledore is gay
Rowling outed the headmaster at a sell-out appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York. After a brief reading from the final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling took questions from the audience.
When a young fan asked if Dumbledore would find “true love”, Rowling answered: “Dumbledore is gay”.
The outing was greeted with gasps, then applause from the crowd, the Associated Press has reported.
Speculation on Dumbledore’s sexuality has been rife on Potter fan sites, after it was noted that Dumbledore had no female love interest, but that he did have a mysterious past.
Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was still smitten with evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated in battle.
“Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling explained, defending Dumbledore’s taste in men.
She said Dumbledore had been “horribly, terribly let down” and that his doomed love for Grindelwald was his “great tragedy”.
She told the crowd that a reference to a woman whom Dumbledore had once been interested in was removed from the script for the sixth film – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – after a discreet word in the director’s ear.
“Fan fiction” had already been produced involving explicit scenes with Dumbledore. The scenes have not evaded Rowling’s notice.
“Oh, my god, the fan fiction,” she said with a laugh.