Originally Posted by shetline
First, this detail doesn't even appear in the stories, it's merely part of the author's background and understanding of the character's history.
Second, even if a child did find out about the idea of a gay character, how would that "terminate childhood"? "Childhood" is somehow defined by ignorance of homosexuality, combined with perhaps a vague Disney-fied grasp of heterosexual attraction?
I don't recall ignorance as being my favorite part of childhood. Having parents who weren't great when it came to talking about sex, I do recall embarrassment at not knowing things other kids found out about younger than I did an unpleasant part of childhood.
Exactly! Especially the parents part. Though to be fair it was myself that sought to insulate myself from the real world with very high-falutin' notions of relationships and sexuality. In my early 20s as I "blossomed" it made me much happier and satisfied to learn more about the "truth".
(I'm not gay, for the record, bi-curious perhaps, but I like women of legal age...)
This whole JK Rowling thing will be big though, I wonder if it is a publicity stunt...
Witchcraft, Devil Worship, and now it will turn our kids GAY!!! OMFG!!! Orgies at boarding school, drugs, sex, trancemusik...
Even if this were true, it all was happening long before Harry Potter or Disney was ever conceived.