Oct. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds "true
love," J.K. Rowling said Friday night that the beloved character was gay.
Asked by one young fan whether
Dumbledore finds "true love," J.K. Rowling said Friday night that the
beloved character was gay. (File Photo)
Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series
"Harry Potter," Friday attended the close of her "Open Book Tour" at Carnegie
Hall in New York.
After reading briefly from the final book, "Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she took questions from the audience members,
1,600 students chosen from 40 New York public elementary, middle and high
A 19-year-old fan from Colorado asked about the top
wizard's love life. She always thought of Dumbledore "as gay," she said.
She explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival
Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad
Refering to Dumbledore's feelings, Rowling said
"Falling in love can blind us to an extent," adding that Dumbledore was
"horribly, terribly let down."
That love, she said to raucous applause, was
Dumbledore's "great tragedy."
"Harry Potter" fans have speculated on the sexuality
of Dumbledore, noting that he has no close relationship with women and a
mysterious, troubled past.
"If you could marry anyone from the Harry Potter
series, who would it be?" asked by Kristian Cuzco, 18, from Concord High School
on Staten Island.
"I married a really good person. Harry is a really
good person. And he's a gutsy person," Rowling said.