I just read the news that JK Rowling has outed Dumbledore. When a fan asked her whether or not Dumbledore finds true love, she replied:
“Dumbledore is gay,” the author responded to gasps and applause.
She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. “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 is, I am hoping, a contributing act towards tolerance and ultimately, acceptance. I am hoping that the generation of children who have all read the books and come to love the wise and brave Dumbledore, will help the world set aside its homophobia.
And I am also curious as to how this will affect upcoming box office performance–will the Christian Right be picketing at every movie theater? Or will their children drag them into the movie theaters with them. Go Dumbledore’s Army!