J.K. Rowling killed off our favorite characters to teach us a lesson. To teach us how to cope when someone we love dies, to teach us how to carry on, to teach us keep fighting and that it’s not over. To give us strength, and to make our love stronger.
Dan: Dumbledore being gay… was that something that was just thrown out for the American press, to get them stirred up a bit?
J.K.: No. But it did. I found people’s reaction to that very interesting and I’ll tell you why. By the time that I said that I had been working with these characters for 17 years. Now, not many writers have been with that same set of characters that long so I feel I can sort of speak for all of us who have to say it’s a very intense experience and inevitably you are going to know things about characters that are not in some cases… will be relevant. [….] As time went on and I got to know Dumbledore.. and this was before the publication of Philosopher’s Stone so at this point I’ve been with him for 7 years.. I knew he was gay. I just knew he was gay. And to me it was not a big deal. This is very old man who has a very terrible job to do and his gayness is not really relevant.