One last Harry Potter spoiler
You’d think, months after the last Harry Potter book had come out, that there wouldn’t be any more surprises.
Albus Dumbledore is gay.
According to the AP and confirmed by attendees, J.K. Rowling outed the Hogwarts headmaster last night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall. After a reading, she was asked by one young fan (although Bloomberg says the fan was 19 years old) whether Dumbledore finds "true love."
To gasps and applause, the author responded that she always thought of Dumbledore as gay. She explained that Dumbledore had a thing for Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. Rowling noted that "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down" and that this love was Dumbledore’s "great tragedy."
"Oh, my god," Rowling concluded with a laugh, "the fan fiction."
Oh my god, yes. Everybody, batten down the hatches. A flood of various liquids is about to come our way. (And for that matter, so are a bunch of moralists who now have another reason to want to ban these books, although on her reading tour Rowling also cited a heavy Christian influence in her writing.)