The author revealed via her Twitter account recently that her favorite character is not Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), or Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) — but Professor Dumbledore. Rowling made the declaration, point blank, after one fan posed the question, “Besides Harry, who is your favorite character in the series?”
“Dumbledore,” responded Rowling.
Rowling’s response came shortly after the latest Fantastic Beasts trailer was revealed at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. After its debut, the author took to social media to tease fans with some tidbits about Dumbledore’s connection to Newt Scamander (played in the highly anticipated film by Eddie Redmayne).
The fact that the author has a soft spot for Harry’s mentor probably hasn’t gone unnoticed in the past by Potter fans.
In an interview with Good Morning America back in 2013, Rowling spoke in length about the Hogwarts headmaster and additionally revealed that Dumbledore was the character who was the hardest to say goodbye to as she was wrapping up the series.
“I always say that I feel like I wrote Dumbledore from the back of my head. Sometimes he said things and told harry things that I only knew I knew or believed,” revealed Rowling. “In fact, he was the character that was hardest to leave for me.”
In the same interview, Rowling also confessed that if Dumbledore were real, he’s the one character she’d want to meet.
“Above all of the other characters in the Harry Potter series, he’s the one I miss most,” said Rowling.
Given his wisdom and his calming presence, we can totally see why Dumbledore is one of J.K. Rowling’s favorite characters!