hotversguywhy is this news?
No, this is not on-level with Darfur, but it is newsworthly, and highly relevant to gay culture. This is a book series that will always be remembered. The fact that a major character, one in a position of great intelligence, skill, and admiration by the general community, is gay. The fact that the author is willing to "out" him regardless of backlash from religious groups and less-tolerant parents, demonstrates a great deal of social progress. A book set in a fantasy world still has real-world relevance. Besides addressing human flaws, government corruption, journalistic integrity, etc; Rowling contexualizes love in all its forms, in a way that is easily accessible to kids. When an author can portray love between same sexes as normal, I think we're getting a little closer towards social acceptance. Something seeming so small now, can translate to bigger things in the future: less childhood ridicule, gay bashing, workplace discrimination, anti-marriage legislation.
Subtext is still newsworthly.