Author JK Rowling has stuck up for a fan who questioned why Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore is gay.
The Harry Potter creator said people were “rushing to judgement without the facts” after a fan named Ana Kovovic took to Twitter to query the wizard’s sexuality.
Ana has since removed the tweet and cleared her Twitter profile but Rowling insists her online conversation was “gentle”.
Others on Twitter also rushed to Ana’s defense saying they too see the much loved character as straight.
It was in 2007 when Rowling revealed the Hogwarts headmaster was gay after the publication of the last in the Harry Potter series.
The Twitter storm started on Tuesday when Ana asked the 49-year-old author: “I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him that way?”
Rowling replied: “Maybe because gay people just look like… people?”
Ana was quick to respond saying: “Amazing answer … Yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!!!”
However the online conversation quickly drew attention and from around the world.
A fan called Lydia wrote: “JK Rowling’s twitter is the best thing ever because she STILL roasts people that hate on her because of Dumbledore being gay.”
While someone called Mittens Tweeted: “Thank you J.K Rowling…from the Mom of a gay son. Brilliant response. I respect you.”
But now Rowling has stepped in once again, this time to defend Ana and her question about Dumbledore’s sexuality.
On Wednesday night she Tweeted: “A minority of people are rushing to judgement without the facts, so here they are: @anakocovic21 did NOT ask an offensive question!”
She added: “My reply to her question was gentle and her response was very sweet.”
Another fan called Delfi responded Tweeting: “I agree, I always pictured him and McGonagall having a thing!”
Rowling added: “LOTS of people saw Dumbledore and McGonagall together. You aren’t alone!”