What if Dumbledore from “Harry Potter” and Gandolf of “Lord of the Rings” fame were alive and dating? They could now get married in Ireland.
As Rowling watched the historic “yes” tally climb, she tweeted this message to her followers:
In response, a fan opened up about being bullied for being gay, saying “I hope those bullies change their minds as they realise [sic] the world is changing.” Rowling elevated the fan’s dreams with a quote from none other than Martin Luther King, Jr.
She then declared that Ireland had set the bar for all muggles:
And, in a final word of parting, the novelist credited Matthew Lewis, the actor who played beloved Gryffindor character Neville Longbottom in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, with swinging undecided votes when he stripped down for a racy photoshoot with LGBT publication The Advocate.
This isn’t the first time Rowling has publicly shown her support for gay rights. The Brit famously outed Dumbledore during a tour promoting the final installment of the “Potter” series in 2007. When a fan questioned this revelation in March, Rowling immediately shot her down with the following:
Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum passed this weekend with an overwhelming 62% of voters saying “yes” to marriage equality.