"He [Dumbledore] is my character, and as my character I have the right to say what I say about him."
-- J.K. Rowling
Toronto Press Conference, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 22 October 2007.
Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Interviewer: Toronto reporters
Context: Toronto was the last stop on Rowling’s 2007 “Open Book Tour.” A few days previously Rowling had told fans in New York that Dumbledore was gay, so this dominated the questions. This press conference took place just before the reading at the Winter Garden Theatre and was was also where Jo was given the “Order of the Forest” Award for encouraging publishers to print books on paper from sustainable sources [more award info here].
Interesting facts and notes
- There wasn't a point at which Rowling decided that Dumbledore was gay; she gradually realized it "very early on" while she was writing the first book.
- Rowling "probably" won't write a prequel.
- JKR: "He [Dumbledore] is my character, and as my character I have the right to say what I say about him."
- Most of the tweaking of the epilogue was to remove information; the biggest change was the addition of information about Teddy Lupin.
- Rowling still plans on working on a Hogwarts encyclopedia, but not immediately.
- Hermione would read Margaret Atwood's books; Harry and Ron don't read much as adults.
Open Book Tour: Toronto