But you’ve stumbled upon an interesting thought … if J.K. Rowling would have said in the beginning that Dumbledore was gay (just in passing in an interview, not overdramatic or full-page ads in the N.Y. Times) would her books been as successful? Think about it. Would it have garnered the media attention it did? Would a lot of parents (especially in places where being gay is a major sin) forbid their children to read the books (they probably would anyway, but still).
The question is: Would Harry Potter be as popular as it is today if Rowling would have said early on Dumbledore was gay?