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JK Rowling faces backlash for refusing to say Harry Potter’s Sirius Black is gay

JK Rowling faces backlash for refusing to say Harry Potter’s Sirius Black is gay

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JK Rowling is facing backlash from LGBTI fans after refusing to say Harry Potter’s Sirius Black is gay.

The author has made a habit of confirming or refuting fan theories on Twitter, giving Potterheads a further insight into her magical world.

It came after the writer responded directly to fan questions from a young Twitter user who wanted to know a variety of questions.

So instead of using her tweets, she just changed her Twitter bio to a FAQ.

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‘No, he isn’t,’ she said in response to the fan’s fifth question, asking whether Harry’s godfather is gay. ‘Yes, I’m sure.’

This left Twitter, Tumblr and other Harry Potter fans on social media crushed. Despite you would assume the author has a decent idea of the personal lives of her own characters, this led to #JKRowlingIsOverParty hashtag trending.

And then there was the inevitable backlash to the backlash.

A lot of the fans anger comes from that while Dumbledore was revealed as gay after the books were released, there were no clear instances of LGBTI representation. And then when Rowling had the chance to rectify this, in the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, she didn’t.

But Potter fans have appeared to have forgotten she has consistently backed LGBTI rights, and made Dumbledore gay when LGBTI representation was not popular in mainstream culture.

Rowling changed her Twitter bio again after the backlash.

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