Gandalf and Dumbledore, the two most powerful wizards in fantasy fiction, are set to tie the knot on Sunday.
The two characters will wed in a ceremony at the Equality House in Topeka, Kansas, which is right across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound.
Okay, so it’s not quite what it seems – the “wedding” will be a show between actors dressed as the two fictional wizards, and it was all inspired by a Twitter exchange between Harry Potter author JK Rowling and the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.
The idea came to life last month after Ireland voted yes in the nation’s historic same-sex marriage referendum. Rowling tweeted her support for the decision, and mentioned the two magical heroes.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 23, 2015
A few days later, the Westboro Baptist Church tweeted their response, and unsurprisingly they weren’t thrilled by the thought.
.@WBCsigns Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 26, 2015
The WBC, naturally, seemed to have missed the point that Gandalf and Dumbledore are fictional characters but soon the idea became a reality, thanks to ‘Planting Peace’.
The company’s founder, Aaron Jackson, was inspired to set up the wizard wedding by the social media exchange.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Jackson said:
We are delighted to be hosting the Dumbledore and Gandalf wedding and stand with them in the face of bigotry and celebrate equality for all. The WBC won’t have to go too far to picket this union. They can look out their front window.
If the WBC do decide to picket this wedding, it would be a bigger meeting of good and evil than anything in Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings.