Rowling re-posted a picture of a meme asking "What if Dumbledore and Gandalf were gay together?" to which she wrote, "Then they could get married IN IRELAND!"
That's when the WBC decided to remind people that they exist, and are still opposed to even fictional homosexuality, writing, "So J.K. Rowling wants Dumbledore & Gandalf to marry in Ireland; if it happens, WBC will picket!"
(WARNING: The below tweet includes hateful, stupid, awful imagery.)
(Important sidenote: there's a thought! Maybe if we give the WBC a bunch of fictional gay weddings to picket, they won't have time to show up at actual weddings, funerals, and whatever other events they picket.)
Rowling acknowledged the existence of the hate group by tweeting, “Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls.”
When asked why she was even giving the WBC any attention, Rowling tweeted, "I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged."
I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged. https://t.co/XumjDmEjuw
Interestingly enough, Rowling isn't the only one from the Harry Potter world to take a stand against homophobia in light of the vote in Ireland! Irish actress Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, took to her Instagram to show her support.
"Back home for a few days and Ireland is looking more spangly than ever," she wrote. "Now every day in Ireland can freely be a Fab Gay Day if you want it to be!! Proud to be part of the generation that made sure same-sex marriage was legalized yesterday!!"
When Evanna noticed a homophobic thread of Instagram comments however, she posted a lengthy Facebook post telling critics of homosexuality to unfollow her.
"Luna is a character who accepts all people and creatures in all forms, loves them for exactly what they are and who is constantly in awe at the diversity, strangeness and newness of each being she encounters," she wrote.
Evanna continues, "If you are one of the people who bred hate or revulsion or shame on my instagram post today then you clearly haven't thought very deeply about what I or Luna Lovegood represent and it's time for you to unfollow."