A few years ago, JK Rowling caused a bit of a stir when she revealed that she’d always thought of Dumbledore, one of her most popular characters, as gay.

(Shhhhh! Don’t wake him up. He’s a powerful wizard!)

Of course, being gay is just one part of who Dumbledore is, like being a wizard or having long hair or [REDACTED SPOILER OMG]. So Rowling never really felt the need to make a big deal out of it in the books. But since Dumbledore is not identified as gay in the text, lots of people were … confused.

So when a fan tweeted this at Rowling:

“Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is gay, because I can’t see him in that way.”

She decided to respond. And it was, in a word…

Perfect.

UPDATE – 3/25/15 – 1:45pm: After Rowling tweeted her response, the fan wrote back, in a tweet since deleted:

@jk_rowling amazing answer… Yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!!!

UPDATE – 3/25/15 – 4:40pm: And J.K. Rowling herself weighed in to answer those who thought the fan was out of line with her original tweet.

Rowling said when she revealed Dumbledore’s sexuality: “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.”

The incident is not the first time the author has defended making Dumbledore gay.

[GARD]
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