Rowling defends decision to ‘out’ Dumbledore

  • 24 October 2007

JK Rowling has spoken about the furore surrounding her decision to ‘out’ Harry Potter’s head teacher Albus Dumbledore.

The author told reporters at a news conference in Toronto that she had not made the revelations earlier because she had never before been asked directly.

Rowling said Dumbledore was infatuated with a fellow wizard, but one which turned to the dark arts and he was later forced to destroy.

She said: ‘It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men.’

Surprised at the fuss surrounding the news that Dumbledore was gay, she added: ‘He is my character. He is what he is and I have the right to say what I say about him.’

Rowling, who penned seven Harry Potter books to become the first billionaire author, was speaking at an authors’ festival in Canada.

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