Michael Gambon as Professor Dumbledore courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures Michael Gambon as Professor Dumbledore courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

At a Friday-night appearance at Carnegie Hall, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling confirmed that which many fans had suspected: Albus' wand leans the other way. According to the AP, during a question-and-answer following a brief Deathly Hallows reading, Rowling responded to a query about Hogwarts' headmaster finding true love by saying, "Dumbledore is gay." The writer proceeded to elaborate that Dumbledore was smitten with Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle. Upon seeing his good friend go bad, she says, Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."

My Dumbledore/Uncle Arthur-from- Bewitched slash fiction just got a lot more interesting.

UPDATE: I went to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broad way Saturday, not long after this story hit the AP, and they worked a Professor Dumbledore joke into the script. Ha.