Nobody asked for this. Like, way to miss the point and undermine everything you COULD have done to rectify the mistake of leaving Dumbledore's orientation out of canon. This further reduces queer relationships and queer characters just to sex in media commentary. Which is the last thing we needed.
Holly Thomas is a writer and editor based in London. She tweets HolstaT. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. View more opinion articles on CNN. CNN There's nothing like watching a legacy crumble in real time, and these days, one feels spoiled for choice. This week, it is J. Rowling's "updates" to the Harry Potter series which has set the world -- or at least, swaths of the internet -- on fire.
Last week the British blog Radio Times found and published quotes from J. But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows really what the other person is feeling. You can't know, you can believe you know. That's fine! This sort of retroactive exposition isn't out of character for JK Rowling either — in fact, the reveal that Dumbledore was gay and had some sort of relationship with Grindelwald was the first big thing she added to the story after the final book was released.
Just imagine the fanfiction now. Slashfic indeed followed. Over the past decade-plus, Rowling seems to have lost touch with, if not downright alienated, the portion of the internet she hopes to engage with and delight with her cutesy, random-seeming new factoids.