Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: , master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. , author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at .
After reading briefly from the final book, "," she took questions from audience members.
She was asked by one young fan whether finds "true love."
"Dumbledore is gay," the author responded to gasps and applause.
She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert , 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."Here's what I don't understand. Why do we care? She didn't write about it in the book, so she must not have felt it added to the story. Does it add to the story or the character after the fact? I just don't understand why the gay/straight issue is important in children's literature, in this setting.