The response has been mixed: some responded favorably, while others attest that the announcement was no more than a politically-motivated publicity stunt done to boost sales, claiming that there was no hint that Dumbledore was gay throughout the books.
Rowling insists this is not the case, because it “was a key part of the ending of the story.” In regards to the politics of Dumbledore, she said, “It certainly wouldn’t be news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love another man…”
Should we care about the orientation of a fictional character in a series of children’s books? Maybe not, but it certainly shows our progress as a society. A character in a children’s book can now be homosexual without it being crucial to the storyline; it can be a quality no more or less important than hair color, so normalized that it can be mentioned in passing and no plot conflict arises.