JK Rowling has hit back at fans who are upset that her only gay character’s sexuality will not be explored in an upcoming Harry Potter film. The Harry Potter author made headlines in 2007 when she famously proclaimed that beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay.
His sexuality was never portrayed in the main book or film franchise, but the books hinted at a relationship between Dumbledore and the dark wizard Grindelwald in his younger days. Fans had hoped that relationship would finally come front-and-centre thanks to prequel series Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Jude Law set to play a young version of Dumbledore in upcoming instalment Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Their hopes were dashed this week when director David Yates confirmed that the character would not be portrayed as “explicitly gay” in the film – despite both Dumbledore and Grindelwald being central to the plot.
Today JK Rowling took to Twitter to hit back at abuse she received on the subject. She said: “Being sent abuse about an interview that didn’t involve me, about a screenplay I wrote but which none of the angry people have read, which is part of a five-movie series that’s only one instalment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what’s even *more* fun?” The author then posted an image with the word ‘MUTE’, suggesting she was blocking out messages from abusive critics.