A few years back, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed to fans during a Q&A session that Hogwarts’ beloved headmaster Dumbledore was, in fact, a gay man. Most of Potter fandom just accepted this and moved on. After all, if you’re invested in a world where there’s magic and Death Eaters and all other kids of crazy things going on, the idea of the kind of diversity that actually exists in the real world shouldn’t be to hard to wrap your brain around. Nevertheless, some fans just can’t bring themselves to accept that Harry’s kindly old mentor just isn’t straight. One of Rowling’s fans recently took to Twitter to tell the author that when it comes to old Albus and his sexual orientation, “I can’t see him in that way.” Rowling then gave the best response possible, stating:
.@anakocovic21 Maybe because gay people just look like… people?
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 24, 2015
Eventually, the fan in question conceded to the all mighty Rowling’s direct way of telling it like it is, and said, “Amazing answer… Yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!!!” (Besides, she should have totally been able to tell that Dumbledore was what we in the LGBT community refer to as a “Polar Bear.”)
This isn’t the first time that Rowling has had to school an opinionated homophobe on her Twitter page. Back in September of last year, a disgruntled fan wrote “Once u revealed Dumbledore was homosexual I stopped being a fan. Nice how u blindsided us with that one. Enjoy your billion $” To that “fan”, Rowling responded “I advise you to start following [anti-LGBT Scottish politician] Brian Souter at once. He’s much more your kind of person.”
[HT: The Gaily Grind]