While we've entered the afternoon here on the East Coast, it's still fairly early on the West Coast, and so at least it's morning somewhere in the country. I'm sure most of you are well aware by now that J.K. Rowling officially "outed" the character of Dumbledore during a reading of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Friday evening at Carnegie Hall. When a fan asked whether Dumbledore finds "true love," Rowling responded: "Dumbledore is gay." Furthermore, she revealed that Dumbledore (who is headmaster of Hogwarts) was at one point in love with his rival, Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards.

Reaction to this news so far has been mixed. Some fans couldn't care less when it came to Dumbledore's sexual preference, as the news doesn't change anything in the books. Others, like some of our commenters, would've liked Rowling to keep this information to herself. One reader, Jessica, had this to say: "Bringing his character from a great role model to a power hungry maniac, but now she says he was gay and in love with his rival?? Why make the series into a soap opera? If I had known before, I never would have read them and allowed my daughter to read them as well." Another reader, Dan, chimed in with this: "I think it was totally unnecessary to make this an issue one way or another in the Harry Potter series. I mean, come on, imagine if Disney said Cinderalla was really bi-sexual and secretly in love with Anastasia. Nothing seems to be off bounds today. How sad."

So, what do you think: Should Rowling have outed the character publicly like that? Should she have kept it to herself and, instead, let the fans draw their own conclusions? And, in your opinion, does this help or hurt the series as a whole?