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Author J.K. Rowling is stunned by the reaction she received after outing popular HARRY POTTER character ALBUS Dumbledore as gay. The writer revealed the truth about the Hogwarts school headmaster's sexuality at New York's Carnegie Hall on Friday (19Oct07) as part of her American book tour.

The outing of Dumbledore provoked more that 3,000 comments on Harry Potter fansite, The Leaky Cauldron - and Rowling is shocked by the furore over her character's sexual orientation.

Rowling says, "It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men. "He is my character. He is what he is and I have the right to say what I say about him."

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