If you're a Harry Potter fan, then you're surely a fan of Albus Dumbledore as well. He was the mentor every fledgling witch and wizard would want to have in their corner.
With a magical mind of wisdom and a heart full of love, it was heartbreaking to read and watch the departure of our beloved Hogwarts headmaster from the series.
At least his fictional legacy lives on the wizard world — and beyond. Author J.K. Rowling let fans in on more after the final book was published in 2007, revealing that Dumbledore was gay.
Though Rowling's disclosure was met by celebration from many fans – some even throwing wizard-themed coming out parties – others expressed criticism and confusion.
Reader Ana Kocovic was late to the party, recently tweeting Rowling to say, "I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is gay because I can't see him that way."
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Rowling's response was perfect. "Maybe because gay people just look like...people?" she fired back on Sunday.
.@anakocovic21 Maybe because gay people just look like... people?
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 24, 2015
Kocovic deleted her tweet – probably because she was embarrassingly shut down by the author – but Rowling’s superb response was retweeted more than 18,800 times with over 24,000 favorites.
Kocovic thanked Rowling after the response in a follow-up tweet. "Amazing answer...Yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!!!" she wrote, but her Twitter account has since been deleted.
Rowling defended the fan's comment on Monday, saying that the question was not offensive to her.
A minority of people are rushing to judgement without the facts, so here they are: @anakocovic21 did NOT ask an offensive question! — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 25, 2015
Although some fans were upset and confused to learn Dumbledore’s sexual orientation almost a decade ago, Rowling has powerfully defended her choice ever since.
"He is my character. He is what he is and I have the right to say what I say about him," she said.
Rowling's latest comment continues to receive praise, with one Twitter user going as far to say it was "iconic" on the social media site.
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