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JK Rowling hits back at homophobic 'Harry Potter' fan

2014-09-07
RowlingJK Rowling has hit back at a former Harry Potter fan who criticised her decision to reveal that Albus Dumbledore was gay. Rowling, who "outed" the Hogwarts Headmaster in 2007, posted a succession of tweets yesterday (September 6) in response to a fan who claimed to have stopped being a fan of her fantasy novels when he found out about Dumbledore's sexuality. "Once u revealed Dumbledore was homosexual I stopped being a fan. Nice how u blindsided us with that one. Enjoy your billion $," tweeted the fan at Rowling. Rowling responded to the tweet in sassy and no-nonsense fashion - see below. The best-selling author was referring to Sir Brian Souter, a Scottish businessman worth several hundred million pounds who was heavily criticised in 2000 for campaigning to keep the Section 28 ban on the so-called "promotion of homosexuality" in force in Scottish schools. Rowling then posted some more general tweets thanking fans for their support over the Dumbledore-related Twitter incident. See below. Meanwhile, a recent study at an Italian university found that reading Rowling's Harry Potter novels can make children more accepting of gay people - read more here.