J.K. Rowling Shuts Down Tweet Saying Reader 'Can't See' Dumbledore Being Gay And It's Perfect
In case you didn't already know: J.K. Rowling is better at Twitter than you are. She creates amazing riddles, actually responds to fan comments and questions, and handles herself always with such grace. But this has never been more apparent than Wednesday morning, when she perfectly responded to a Harry Potter reader who questioned Professor Albus Dumbledore's sexuality, saying that she "can't see" the wizard headmaster being gay.
Dumbledore was "outed" back in 2007 during her book tour stop in New York City's Carnegie Hall, a revelation that was met with applause from the audience.
"I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy," Rowling said, after the positive reaction. Rowling also noted that Dumbledore was "tragically" in love with his childhood friend Gellert Grindelwald, who later became his rival and who he eventually defeated in the wizard battle between good and evil.
LGBTQ rights group Stonewall was also happy with the revelation of Dumbledore's sexual orientation, saying, "It's great that J.K. has said this. It shows that there's no limit to what gay and lesbian people can do, even being a wizard headmaster."
However, not everyone is as happy with the revelation, as Rowling learned on Twitter. One fan stated the following on Twitter:
Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said Dumbledore is a gay because I can't see him in that way.
But Rowling's graceful response to her reader is a model for how to conduct yourself on social media. She got right to the point, eschewing any admonishment, educating ignorance in only eight words:
In case you wondered what side many readers, fans, and fellow writers are on: Rowling's tweet already has received more than 12,000 favorites and 9,000 retweets. As if you didn't already love Rowling enough already.