Dumbledore gay? J.K. Rowling announced during a book reading at Carnegie Hall that she “always thought Dumbledore was gay” and that he was in love with Gellert Grindelwald!

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Here’s exactly what Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said:

The question was “Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?”

Rowling started to say “I always saw Dumbledore as gay” and a hush fell on the audience, followed by an excited buzz sweeping through the crowd.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore Gay

My truthful answer to you… I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. [ovation.] … Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.

To an extent, do we say it excused Dumbledore a little more because falling in love can blind us to an extend, but he met someone as brilliant as he was, and rather like Bellatrix he was very drawn to this brilliant person, and horribly, terribly let down by him.

Yeah, that’s how I always saw Dumbledore. In fact, recently I was in a script read through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying I knew a girl once, whose hair… [laughter].

I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, “Dumbledore’s gay!” [laughter]

“If I’d known it would make you so happy, I would have announced it years ago!”

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That love, she said to raucous applause, was Dumbledore’s “great tragedy.”
Albus Dumbledore Chocolate Frog CardThe brilliant wizard was briefly blinded as a young man by the charm and skill of Gellert Grindelwald, his teenage crush turned arch-nemesis who turned out to be more interested in the Dark Arts than in loving Dumbledore.

After Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down,” Rowling explained, he went on to destroy Grindelwald in what is considered in the wizarding world to have been the ultimate wand-toting battle between good and evil.

Dumbledore’s sexuality has apparently been of great interest to bloggers and chat room denizens for years, with his history—and intimate affinities—becoming the subject of much debate and original short stories.

“Just imagine the fan fiction now,” Rowling joked.

Other signs Dumbledore is gay:

His hat is more than a bit gay…
Albus Dumledore hat is gay

This Harry Potter book quote hints Dumbledore was gay: “As [the door] swung closed behind them, Harry heard Phineas Nigellus’ voice. “You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts … but you cannot deny he’s got style….”

And that he did! Here’s an Albus Dumbledore tribute video:

 
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