But this isn’t the first time the author has delighted her fans with her use of social media. A recent witty retort was aimed at a tweeter who said she “can’t see” Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore as gay.
Rowling revealed the sexuality of the Hogwarts headmaster back in 2007 after the final book was published, but back in March a fan posted a tweet – that has since been deleted – saying: “Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him that way.”
“What you say about Harry helping you at what was clearly a dreadful time in your life means more to me than I can easily express”, Rowling wrote.
“I freely confess that I loathe bullying and the way it is still so often “handled” in schools. Your experience is shocking and disturbing and that you have turned out to be a compassionate, moral, highly motivated person is high testimony to your courage. Gryffindor for you, my lad…”
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