Michael Gambon as Aldus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter author J. K. Rowling has announced that Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School in the mega-popular children’s book series, was a homosexual. E! News reports:

Dumbledore was gay. . . .

"Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling explained Friday in front of a packed house at New York’s Carnegie Hall, where she capped off her first U.S. book tour since 2000.

Which explains why the brilliant wizard was briefly blinded as a young man by the charm and skill of Gellert Grindelwald, his companion turned arch-nemesis who turned out to be more interested in the Dark Arts than a three-bedroom craftsman in Hogsmeade.

After Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down," Rowling explained, he went on to destroy Grindelwald in what is considered in the wizarding world to have been the ultimate wand-toting battle between good and evil.

That love, she said to raucous applause, was Dumbledore’s "great tragedy."

"If I had know[n] this would have made you so happy, I would have told you years ago," Rowling said.

It’s very interesting that the Manhattan audience responded with "raucous applause." Their delight at finding out a character in a children’s fantasy book had homosexual urges is certainly worthy of intense psychological investigation. 

Neither Rowling nor the producers of the Harry Potter movie adaptations has said whether this revelation will affect the characterization of Dumbledore in forthcoming Potter films. Also, Rowling apparently did not tell whether Dumbledore was supposed to have been an active homosexual.

However, every scene involving Dumbledore in the forthcoming movies will unavoidably be colored by this revelation, and the refreshing avoidance of irony in the books and films will surely be no more.

In any case, this certainly falls into the More Than We Needed or Wanted to Know category.