Well, the fans had already speculated about this, but yesterday JK Rowling confirmed it, last night the pop culture blogs were buzzing about it, and today its been lolcat memed. From the Leaky Cauldron comes this:
“If I had known this would have made you this happy, I would have told you years ago.”
The question was: Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?
JKR: My truthful answer to you… I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. [ovation.] … Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was. To an extent, do we say it excused Dumbledore a little more because falling in love can blind us to an extend, but he met someone as brilliant as he was, and rather like Bellatrix he was very drawn to this brilliant person, and horribly, terribly let down by him. Yeah, that’s how i always saw Dumbledore. In fact, recently I was in a script read through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying I knew a girl once, whose hair… [laughter]. I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, “Dumbledore’s gay!” [laughter] “If I’d known it would make you so happy, I would have announced it years ago!”
Jo also said after revelation: “I had to give you something to talk about for the next 10 years…Just imagine the fan fiction now.”
The entire transcript of the question and answer session with fans can be found at the link about, and as usual I am astonished at the depth of the questions about every minute character detail and plot twist, and the connections they made about the sources and influences Rowling used. It makes my head spin to try and map and track all the intertextuality between plots and characters and fictional mythologies and real histories and pop culture and high culture and everything in between. The power of fandom. Amazing.