J.K. Rowling Outs Dumbledore

During an appearance Friday night in New York — an event for thousands of young “Harry Potter” fans — author J.K. Rowling outed the series’ kindly headmaster Dumbledore, played since the second “Potter” movie by Michael Gambon (shown here).

Responding to a question from a child about Dumbledore’s love life, Rowling hesitated and then revealed, “I always saw Dumbledore as gay.” Filling in a few more details, she said, “Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald…. Don’t forget, falling in love can blind us. [He] was very drawn to this brilliant person. This was Dumbledore’s tragedy.” She added that in a recent meeting about the sixth movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” she spied a line in the script where Dumbledore waxed poetic about a girl, so she was forced to scribble director David Yates a note to correct the situation. The sixth movie is slated for release next year.

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