martes, septiembre 26, 2006

harry potter and the closet of secrets?

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Je, me hizo gracia, pues hablan de uno de los personajes de HP que me encanta y al cual justamente le estoy haciendo un relato.

and now to read:

A curious thing happened in the U.K. last week. Reuters put out a news story on Thursday detailing how a children's book author got booted from a school in Southwest England after saying that Harry Potter isn't "the only gay in the village" — apparently a catch phrase from the TV show "Little Britain."

Though the news service later withdrew the story, saying that the author had actually been asked to leave due to "swearing," the incident echoed some suspicions I had after reading the latest "Harry Potter" title. Here's why.

In case you haven't finished "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," get ready for some major spit to hit the fan. That's right — saliva. Harry's bud Ron spends most of the novel sucking face with his new girlfriend. Meanwhile, Ginny is caught Frenching Ron's roommate. Even Harry gets in on the necking action. The book should've been called "Harry Potter and the Raging Hormones."

Though author J.K. Rowling keeps the "snogging" within a PG rating (these are children's books, after all), what's clear is that her characters are quickly approaching adulthood.

But with an emerging sense of sexuality entering the series, we can't help but wonder, where are the gay kids at Hogwarts?

Harry and his cohorts are nearly 17 by the book's end, an age in which today's world-wise youth already know plenty about sexual identity. (If you have any doubts, check out Time's recent cover story on gay teens.)

It's doubtful Rowling, the single biggest publishing success since King James put out a Bible, would ever imply that there's a gay kid in the series. But given the old (and probably fictional) 10 Percent Rule, there must be some hidden family lurking in the Chamber of Secrets.

"Half-Blood Prince" makes it clear that the main three characters, Harry, Ron and Hermione, are most likely secure in their heterosexuality, so we're forced to examine the supporting cast for possible poofters.

Luna Lovegood. She's got questionable fashion sense and is something of a loner — a model many bookish baby dykes can relate to?

Neville Longbottom. Luna's best pal Neville has been a misfit since Book One, though his clumsiness seems at odds with a graceful gay sensibility. Still, the name says it all.

Crabbe and Goyle. Malfoy's two henchmen are rarely separated and essentially indistinguishable. They also spend much of the latest novel in disguise — as girls.

Lord Voldemort. All things considered, the Dark Lord might have a dark secret. After all, the swishy super villain with a fetish for long black robes is a cartoon archetype, one that Disney keeps trotting out again and again. The new book shows more of Tom Riddle's earlier years when he was a handsome young lad who hated his father. Riddle solved?

In the end, this whole business is pretty silly, trying to read between the lines of books ostensibly written for middle schoolers. There's a world of difference between J.K. Rowling and Alex Sanchez, after all.

Posted by Tray Butler, New York Blade Editor| Oct. 10 at 4:56 PM | TButle

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