JK Rowling hits back at homophobic Harry Potter jibe

PinkNews logo surrounded by illustrated images including a rainbow, unicorn, PN sign and pride flag.

JK Rowling has hit back at a Harry Potter fan who is still upset that Albus Dumbledore is gay.

Twitter user Frank Fraticelli tweeted of the book series: “once u revealed Dumbledore was homosexual I stopped being a fan. Nice how u blindsided us with that one. Enjoy your billion $.”

However, the message provoked the reclusive author – who has rarely used Twitter until this week – to respond.

She wrote: “I advise you to start following Brian Souter at once. He’s much more your kind of person.”

The Edinburgh-based author was referring to Stagecoach boss Sir Brian Souter – who funded a campaign to keep the Section 28 ban on the “promotion of homosexuality” in schools.

Rowling and Souter are on opposite sides of the upcoming Scottish Independence referendum, with Rowling giving £1 million to Better Together, while the Scottish National Party accepted a £1 million donation from Souter.

Rowling later tweeted: “I want to thank all the people tweeting me lovely messages. Don’t worry about me – to paraphrase Albus Dumbledore, if you’re waiting for universal popularity, you’ll be on Twitter a VERY long time. xxxx”

The author revealed that Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay after the publication of the final Harry Potter book in 2007.

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

“He is my character. He is what he is and I have the right to say what I say about him.”

Comments (0)

MyPinkNews members are invited to comment on articles to discuss the content we publish, or debate issues more generally. Please familiarise yourself with our community guidelines to ensure that our community remains a safe and inclusive space for all.

Loading Comments