Even though I have never read a Harry Potter book I have absorbed quite a lot of information by seeing film clips, reading news stories and an endless stream of articles about the Potter phenomenon.
I know that the Chief Exorcist of Rome has suggested that Satan is behind the books. I understand that some people are so excited about Harry Potter that they have tried to steal the latest book before it was published. And I saw that one bloke has even tried to get JK Rowling nominated for a Nobel prize. I have also heard China Meivelle describe the writing as about the books as "drab and pedestrianly written, and deeply unoriginal".
Even Jakob Nielsen has written an article about Harry where he compares Muggles to normal users.
In the past I have suggested that Harry is a chalet school girl. But how did I miss the fact that Harry is gay?
There’s something about Harry (Michael Bronski)
If Harry Potter presents children — and the rest of us — with a tantalizing vision of Misrule and the world turned upside down, let’s try to understand why we don’t like parts of the world in which we live now. If we don’t want to be Muggles — at least not all the time — maybe being queer, in the broadest sense, might be a lot more fun. This means, on a very basic level, reconceiving the very structures of what we call society, civilization, and freedom.
Is Harry Potter gay? (emu Nugent)
Of course Harry is gay. He grew up in a closet under the stairs; only allowed out to be useful around the house, and certainly never when visitors came. Poor orphaned Harry was destined to go to Stonewall High until an invitation from Hogwarts School of Wizardry allowed him to realise his true self — to practice pooffery (or magic then, if you like) — every suburban gay boy’s dream; dispense with your parents I mean, and then run away with the fairies. At school Harry learns to fly, and meets the lovely red-headed Ron Weasley; fairy-boy and tight companion.Harry seems doomed to court the clever if manipulative Hermione, but don’t be fooled, his true love is for Ron.
Is Harry Potter gay? (Johann Hari)
My favourite chat-room exchange about Harry went simply, “He’s not gay, he’s British.” To which somebody replied, “Is there a difference?” (If only there really was no difference, then Jude Law would be gay and the world would be perfect). There has been much debate about quite how gay Hogwarts – the magicians’ school Harry attends - is. The school is entirely modelled on the English private education system with its archaic ‘house’ system, ritual abuse of small students by large, strict ageing spinsters, malevolent science teachers and incomprehensible sport. While it might be unpleasant to guess that Harry, Ron et al play the biscuit game, it’s a fair bet that cramming adolescents together and sealing them off from civilisation would produce a fair amount of experimental sodomy. Ask Etonians.