Celebrity J.K. Rowling Shuts Down the Westboro Baptist Church's Message of Hate Like a Boss The Harry Potter author responded to the church's Tweet about Ireland legalizing same-sex marriage By K.c. Blumm Published on May 27, 2015 10:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: HurfordBrown/J.K.Rowling/Splash Online The controversial Westboro Baptist Church tried to take on J.K. Rowling on Tuesday over the issue of gay marriage. And they lost. The battle began when the Harry Potter author posted a celebratory Tweet on Friday after Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. “Sitting here watching the Irish make history,” she wrote. “Extraordinary and wonderful.” When a fan wrote that they hoped that her fictional character Professor Dumbledore (who Rowling revealed was gay) and all witches and wizards would feel welcome in Ireland, she posted a pic of Keanu Reeves that was captioned, “What if Dumbledore and Gandalf were gay together.” “Then they could get married IN IRELAND!” she added. The church, which is known for its hate speech against gays, responded to her on Tuesday, Tweeting, “So @jkrowling wants Dumbledore & Gandalf to marry in Ireland; if it happens WBC will picket!” That prompted Rowling to reply, “Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls.” After one of her followers expressed concern that responding to the church and giving them attention was “counterproductive,” Rowling then won our hearts even more, writing, “I don’t care about WBC. I think it’s important that scared gay kids who aren’t out yet see hate speech challenged.” Rowling: 1. WBC: 0.