J.K. Rowling tweets LGBTQ supportive ‘Harry Potter’ image
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took to twitter to support the LGBTQ movement last night; the author of the beloved book series suggested if Potter taught us anything, “it’s that no one should live in a closet.”
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 16, 2014
This isn’t the first time Rowling has thrown her support behind sexual minorities, Rowling said Albus Dumbledore, former Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was gay in an interview with The Leaky Cauldron:
“It is a very interesting question because I think homophobia is a fear of people loving, more than it is of the sexual act. There seems to be an innate distaste for the love involved, which I find absolutely extraordinary. There were people who thought, well why haven’t we seen Dumbledore’s angst about being gay?” Rowling is clearly amused by this and rightly so. “Where was that going to come in? And then the other thing was-and I had letters saying this-that, as a gay man, he would never be safe to teach in a school.”
An air of incredulity descends on the room as if Rowling herself still can not believe this statement. She continues: “He’s a very old single man. You have to ask: why is it so interesting? People have to examine their own attitudes. It’s a shade of character. Is it the most important thing about him? No, it’s Dumbledore for God’s sake. There are 20 things that are relavant to the story before his sexuality.” Bottom line then: he isn’t a gay character; he’s a character that just happens to be gay. Rowling concurs wholeheartedly.
Rowling has defended her use of sexuality in her novels staunchly. Just this past September, after receiving a tweet from a fan angry over Dumbledore’s sexuality. Below is her reply to Twitter user identified as Frank Fraticelli (account since deleted) after he said he was blindsided by the Dumbledore reveal.
@halfelven55ff I advise you to start following Brian Souter at once. He’s much more your kind of person.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 6, 2014
Souter is a Scottish businessman who funded a campaign in 2000 to stop the country from allowing same-sex marriages.
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