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Do you ever wonder about the sexuality of the folks at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? I never really did. I mean, I knew Harry had a crush on Cho, then Ginny.... And that Ron and Hermione have some serious chemistry. But I never thought much about the grown-up characters in the book. Some age bias, perhaps. Anyway, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, fortunately, has given them much more thought than I. On Saturday, she let an audience at Carnegie Hall in on a secret: the headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, is gay. Some say Rowling's revelation is a safe choice, others praise her for making "the most intelligent, honorable and respected character of the entire series" a gay hero. What do you think?