Not that it matters much too accomplished author JK Rowling, but her recent tweet to a fan on her Twitter page went viral. Rowling’s website has been up for several years, but she has made only 600 tweets back to fans during that time. This makes any comment from the author of the “Harry Potter” book series a real treat. The 49-year-old native of Gloucestershire revealed that headmaster Albus Dumbledore was in fact gay. The revelation was made back in 2007 shortly after the release of the final book in the series. This week, a young adult woman by the name of Ana Kocovic thanked Rowling for creating the book series, but openly questioned why the author claims that Dumbledore was gay. Kocovic followed up with a remark saying she simply did not “see” Dumbledore as being gay.
Rowling’s remark was pithy and more of a play on words. She responded that perhaps Ms. Kocovic did not “see” Dumbledore as being gay because homosexual people look just like any other people. Naturally, the remark won a lot of praise from followers. Even Ms. Kocovic herself pointed out that Rowling was correct with her response and called her an inspiration. Still, the praises mean quite little to Rowling. She has pointed out before that a person’s self-worth and validation has to come from within.
As for why Dumbledore was gay. She has affirmed that as the creation of her imagination, she has the right to define him as she sees fit. At the time, she added that he is what she said he is. Some people have taken offense with Dumbledore’s sexual orientation. However, some people also took offense with the entire concept of wizardry claiming the book series was promoting the dark arts to an impressionable generation. The provincially minded critics sought to prevent the books from being sold to children.