From The Telegraph (thanks, Craig, for the link), this spellbinding piece of literary news:
JK Rowling has outed one of the main characters from the best-selling boy wizard adventures.
The author told an audience in New York that the wizard Albus Dumbledore, head of Hogwarts school, is gay.
Speaking at Carnegie Hall on Friday night, Rowling confirmed what some fans had always suspected - that she "always thought Dumbledore was gay".
Responding to a question from the audience, she said Dumbledore fell in love with the charming wizard Gellert Grindelwald but when Grindelwald turned out to be more interested in the dark arts than good, Dumbledore was "terribly let down" and went on to destroy his rival.
That love, she said, was Dumbledore's "great tragedy".
"Falling in love can blind us to an extent," she said.
The audience reportedly fell silent after the revelation before erupting into applause.
Rowling, 42, said if she had known that would be the response, she would have revealed her thoughts on Dumbledore earlier.
I've not read one sentence of the HP books, but I do wonder: if Rowling had killed off Dumbledore (I understand there is some controversy over whether he did die or not), would that be considered a hate crime?