"Don't worry about me – to paraphrase Albus Dumbledore," she wrote after the attack
When you’re the richest author in the world – let alone, a human being – and your main character has magical powers, then why tolerate empty criticism?
Or, for that matter, bigotry?
Which was exactly what Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling did not tolerate this weekend when a posting on Twitter attempted to attack her for making Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore gay.
Wrote one Frank Fraticelli – who has since locked his account – in a message addressed to Rowling: “once u revealed Dumbledore was homosexual I stopped being a fan. Nice how u blindsided us with that one. Enjoy your billion $.”
In her own Tweet back to Fraticelli, the British author, 49, referenced the deep-pocketed Brian Souter, who, according to the U.K. Independent, financed a campaign to maintain a teaching ban in schools regarding the acceptance of homosexuality.
As Rowling told Fraticelli, “I advise you to start following Brian Souter at once. He’s much more your kind of person.”
Rowling first expanded upon Dumbledore’s sexuality during an audience Q&A in 2007, at the time of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Asked if her character had ever been in love, she responded, “I always thought of Dumble as gay.”
She further explained, “Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.”
Furthermore, she told the crowd, “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 he knew a girl once, [and] I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter: ‘Dumbledore’s gay!’ ”
Addressing social-media fans later on Saturday, Rowling Tweeted: “I want to thank all the people tweeting me lovely messages. Don’t worry about me – to paraphrase Albus Dumbledore …”