Picks and Pans Review: Harry Potter: Romantic Secrets Revealed!

updated 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

At recent New York readings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, author J.K. Rowling stunned fans with admissions about her characters—and herself.

DUMBLEDORE IS GAY Asked if the Hogwarts headmaster ever finds love, Rowling outed her master wizard, explaining he'd been "horribly, terribly let down" by unrequited feelings for rival Gellert Grindelwald.

HAGRID STAYS SINGLE ... Not his fault—giantesses are in short supply. When the audience expressed disappointment, Rowling added, "At least I didn't kill him!"

... BUT NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM LUCKS OUT Harry's awkward classmate eventually marries pigtailed Hufflepuffer Hannah Abbott.

AND GINNY'S NOT ALONE IN LOVING HARRY "I actually married Harry Potter," Rowling joked. "If you've seen a photo of my husband [anesthesiologist Neil Murray], I think Harry will look like that once he hits a certain age."

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