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Old 07-04-2009, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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With only a week and a half left until the long-delayed Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince finally hits theaters, media outlets are jumping on every angle possible to cash in on Pottermania. Most recently, James Parker from The Atlantic examined the different approaches each Potter director has taken in adapting the books for the screen, which another Atlantic writer took to task in a blog on Tuesday.

Sex and the 'Harry Potter' movies: Does anyone want this? | PopWatch Blog | EW.com
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I agree with the article - the books and movies are targeted to teens and parents would be outraged if there was any kind of sex in it. 2 of the movies have already been rated PG-13, what would happen if they suddenly put sex in it? Most teens wouldn't even be able to SEE the movie that is supposed to be targeted at them. Yes, in reality, a lot of teens are having sex. Yes, in reality, a lot of teens use profanity. But that doesn't mean society approves of this and as a result, movies with sex and profanity are given an R rating which means teens under 17 can't even see it without their parents approval. Sure, some parents will allow it but the point is, you can't market a rated R movie to teens under 17. Any teen movie with sex - such as American Pie - is targeted at older teens and Harry Potter is targeted at younger teens. This Alyssa Rosenberg needs a lesson in Marketing 101.

My sister in law is a teacher and says the general rule of thumb is that childrens books with a child or teen as the main character are generally targeted at the age of the main character. So Harry Potter begins when Harry is 11, that means they are targeted at kids aged 11+. Now, I did have sex ed in school at aged 11... but that doesn't mean I think 11 year olds should be watching movies with sex in them (unless it's an educational film which is not the issue here). I have to seriously question anyone who thinks otherwise.
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:49 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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I don't know what the hullabaloo is about. There's no sex in the books and there will be no sex in the movies. However, there was awkward teenage sexual tension in the books and I certainly hope that's portrayed in the upcoming film. The Harry-Ginny and Ron-Hermione storylines are, IMO, fairly important to the plot. Should the films just ignore them? Obviously not.

Harry Potter may have started as a children's series but JK Rowling is quite clear that as the series progresses, the books are geared toward an aging audience. I was 9 when the first book came out and 19 for the last- I wouldn't have understood the more adult themes (including Dumbledore's homosexuality, which I thought was quite clear even on a first reading) of the last 2 books when I was 9 and never would have started reading the books if I had been 19 for HP and the Sorcerer's Stone. I don't feel the need for there to be any direct implication of sexual relationships in either the novels or the films, but there was definitely some teenage smoochy smoochy going on. I can't see why that is a problem.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:00 AM
 
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Dumbledore's homosexuality? Never saw that, still don't
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:51 PM
 
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Dumbledore's homosexuality? Never saw that, still don't
My thought exactly! I've read the series several times and there is NO 'homosexuality' there.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:26 AM
 
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My thought exactly! I've read the series several times and there is NO 'homosexuality' there.
Rowling herself has stated that Dumbledore is indeed homosexual. There is no mention of it in the books but there are a lot of details that never actually make it into the books but that Rowling has in her head as she writes. For example, it certainly explains why Dumbledore not only never married but also seemingly never had a female love interest through his whole life, if I'm remembering correctly. It also suggests that his relationship with Grindelwald may have been more than friendship.

Dumbledore’s outing gives text new meaning - BOOKS - MSNBC.com
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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My thought exactly! I've read the series several times and there is NO 'homosexuality' there.
As far as I'm concerned, if it's not in the book, it's not canon. JKR has said many things that she planned to put in the book, or were in her head and didn't make it into the books. Now that she said Dumbledore is a homosexual, we can go back and read the books and see potential clues, but if it wasn't noticable without that info beforehand, it's either bad writing or talking out her neck.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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but if it wasn't noticable without that info beforehand, it's either bad writing or talking out her neck.
Or just not very relevant
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