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J.K. Rowling had a perfect response to a fan’s question about Dumbledore’s sexuality

It's a viewpoint people could take in real life.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 25, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 5:51 am CDT

J.K. Rowling sees all of her characters as people, no matter what race, religion or sexual orientation, and she proved that yet again with a recent question regarding one of Hogwarts’ most famous headmasters.

It’s been nearly eight years since Deathly Hallows was released in 2007, but Rowling is still answering questions about Harry Potter for eager fans on Twitter as well as Pottermore. In a now-deleted tweet, Ana Kocovic asked Rowling why the author revealed that Albus Dumbledore is gay in 2007. It’s something fans have both praised and questioned ever since.

Instead of giving an explanation as to why she made Dumbledore gay, Rowling went with a much simpler approach to Kocovic’s question—as well as a viewpoint people could take in real life.

Rowling’s response made sense, and even Kocovic thought so. In her now-deleted response, she agreed with Rowling and called her “an inspiration.”


Rowling is a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community both in and out of her books, and this isn’t nowhere near the first time she’s been questioned about making Dumbledore gay in the books. And while Harry Potter fans found out there was a gay character in the series only after it was over, Rowling has made more of an effort to write more diverse characters into her books since then.

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*First Published: Mar 25, 2015, 9:53 am CDT