Fans of Harry Potter may have been a bit surprised back in 2007 when “The Deathly Hallows” revealed that Professor Dumbledore was gay. J.K Rowling, creator of the series and author extraordinaire recently had a conversation with a fan on Twitter that has the internet buzzing:
Rowling, who has only tweeted six hundred times since joining in 2009, made clear exactly why Dumbledore was gay when it was first revealed:
It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men.
He is my character. He is what he is and I have the right to say what I say about him.
That outstanding statement showed the world that the famous author is as progressive as they come. A character with the impact on the series that Dumbledore had wasn’t gay for political reasons, he wasn’t gay for sensationalism, he was gay because he just was.
The sign of a great writer is her ability to bring the real world to life in a work of fiction, even a work of fiction built around a fantasy like Hogwarts.
Twitter has gone crazy retweeting her words, and the story is now trending all over social media. That most likely doesn’t matter to Rowling, whose passion for writing has never been particularly aimed at Twitter or Facebook.
The fan, Ana Kocovic, responded to Rowling with “Amazing answer, yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!”
Unfortunately some outlets have painted Kocovic as anti-gay for her original tweet, when it seems she was simply asking a question of the author. Unfortunately stereotypes exist. Dumbledore didn’t fit the Hollywood mold of a gay man, therefore some would have a hard time seeing him that way. Sad but true.
Kocovic has since disabled her account, most likely due to a barrage of criticism she may not have completely deserved. We are evolving as a society, and we still have a long way to go.
H/T: Independent.com | Image: Screen Capture