Out of the ‘Broom’ Closet: Harry Potter and the Homosexual Headmaster
‘Dumbledore is gay, actually.’ With those words, J.K. Rowling, author of the super-selling septology of Harry Potter books, officially outed Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore.
Rowling attended a Q&A session with a full house of Potter fans on Oct. 19 at Carnegie Hall. One young fan asked if Dumbledore ever found ‘true love.’ The rest was history.
Rowling’s revelation was met with stunned silence. Then the audience exploded in applause. ‘I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy,’ Rowling joked.
Rowling described how Dumbledore fell for Gellert Grindelwald, a childhood friend and fellow wizard who was seduced by the Dark Side to become the Darth Sidious to his Master Yoda. According to Rowling, ‘This love was Dumbledore’s greatest tragedy.’
‘In fact,’ Rowling explained, ‘recently I was in a script read-through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry, ‘I knew a girl once, whose hair