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docmagik
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I think OSC prefers to weigh in on a scale.
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Stephen Sunday
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Besides, Dumbledore never struck me as a "bottom."
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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
There's no way she could have revealed this information without objection. If she had included it in the book, given how wildly unimportant it was, people would have cried foul that she was pushing an agenda on children. Saying it after the fact gives rise to the complaints we've all heard recently.

The only way out was either to make him straight, or to never tell anyone.

Exactly my point. Very well put!

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Originally posted by Noemon:
If you're making that argument, you're starting from the assumption that controversy causes book sales to decrease. You're mistaken in thinking that this is the case.

In the case of homosexuality and children's books, I think you are very wrong. I believe that a high percentage of American parents would never had allowed their children to read these books if there was a gay character. American parents can't even deal with the idea of their kids seeing a woman's nipple on public TV for Christ sake.
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Why would she do this for publicity when she's already got one of the most popular books ever.
I doubt there is little she can do to make them more or less popular. Writers have a whole history of characters in their head that never makes it to the finished book.
The complete history of Sirius Black comes to mind.

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I think if he were going to do it, he would have done so by now. Though I had a dream about either a young Sirius Black or Teddy Lupin, I'm not sure which, but he was totally hot. He looked like a mix between Billy Zane and the guy from Big Fat Greek Wedding. I know that's probably hard to picture.
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Stephen Sunday
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Harry Potter is lame.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stephen Sunday:
Harry Potter is lame.

You make a pursuasive argument.
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You're such a pushover.
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Some people call that "being agreeable."





Not me. But, you know, some people.

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Harry Potter is not lame.
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Nope. He was a pretty good athlete, according to the books.
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quote:
Originally posted by Scott R:
Harry Potter is not lame.

That makes a lot of sense too! Now I don't know what to think!
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The announcement made me a bit sad because I'd always had hopes for him and McGonagall.
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quote:
Originally posted by LadyDove:
The announcement made me a bit sad because I'd always had hopes for him and McGonagall.

Had Mr. Card written the Potter books that might still be on the table. [Big Grin]
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You mean with Dumbledore being long dead, or in terms of ...oh, right.
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lol, Nah, I'd always hoped that they'd had love for one another, but chosen not to act on it because of their positions in the school. I don't recall that any of the teachers were married or acknowledged an SO; something that JKR never really explained. Because I was looking at it in that context, the revelation about Dumbledore seemed very odd to me.

Does anyone recall a teacher w/an SO or children at Harry's Hogwarts or JKR explaining why the teachers were single?

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Maybe it's because as a kid, you tend to view all the adults in your life as asexual drones, besides parents?

I guess drone isn't really the best word there. "Worker bees" makes more sense.

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Scott R
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Hagrid and Olympe, or whatever her name was.
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I always assumed that the teachers being single was directly related to the fact that they are teachers at a boarding school. I don't know anything about Great Britain's educational system but I wonder if boarding school teachers frequently have families living with them.
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Did anyone else ever dream of going to an old fashioned English or New England boarding school? I know I always did as a kid, because stories always made them sound so cool. Of course, the ones I wanted to go to were generally all boys, so that was a bummer!
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i doubt card's going to say anything. after all, he includes gay characters in his books. as for rowling, there's NOTHING in the harry potter story that suggests overtly or covertly that dumbledore's gay. in fact, rowling's reply to the press about it was very underwhelming. she said the whole series is about tollerance (and i'm assuming about homosexuality, since it's a recent topic). if that were the case, then she should've actually MADE it an issue in the books. personally, i won't pick up another one of rowling's books, not because one of her characters was gay, but because her answer to the criticism she's receieved was so ineptly done that i've lost respect for her as an author. she's a good author, i'll admit, so is osc, but both have books i'd rather not read like card's earlier short stories and his latest horrible empire..... anyway... morrissey says it best: "reader meet author in the hope of hearing sense but you may be feeling let down by the words of defense..."
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