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Pumping Polyjuice: The "T" Comparison

January 07, 2009, 01:28 PM

Polyjuice Potion.  Metamorphmagi.  Or maybe just a little help from Madam Pomfrey.  If you were a witch or wizard, would you ever choose to change your appearance by magic?  We all cut our hair, tattoo our skin, get pierced, lose weight, straighten our teeth.  But what if you had more than Hermione’s buckteeth or Eloise Midgen’s acne?  What if you had body parts you didn’t want?  Hair growing where it shouldn’t?  What would you be willing to do...

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Move Over, Draco/Giant Squid...

December 27, 2008, 02:09 PM

I’m sorry I haven’t updated in a month.  New Year’s Resolution #1:  Update blog more.  And by virtue of the craziness of the holidays being over, I’m sure that’s one I’ll be able to keep.  Now, on to the blog.   It’s sort of a running joke in the Potter fandom that any ship goes.  For any combination of characters, you can usually find at least a few shippers lurking around the internet.  And having seen my fair share of funny, wacky, or improbable...

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Just Call Me Voldemort

November 20, 2008, 07:47 PM

Many years ago, when I was in my early teens, I knew a girl named Nicole.  We did a seasonal program together.  The year after I met her, she was in the program again, but her name was Marie.  She had started going by her middle name simply, as she said, because she didn’t like her name.  It was the first time I’d ever known someone before and after they’d changed their name and it was admittedly a little jarring, but I understood the reason why.  I had had many...

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Hermione for President

November 04, 2008, 04:03 PM

Today, as I cast my vote in what is certainly the most important election I’ve ever voted in, I thought about the realities that could be waiting for me next year depending on who is elected president.  I am by no means a one-issue voter, but gay rights are usually at the forefront of my mind when choosing my candidates.  Gay marriage has of course been discussed much during this long presidential campaign.  Honestly, at this point, that issue seems so passé to me.  Maybe...

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Shaw, Margolyes, and Fry: the Queers of Potter

October 21, 2008, 06:57 PM

In Queering Potter, I’ve been talking a lot about gay themes and characters within the HP series.  This week, I thought I’d blog about the three (that I know of) real-life gay actors who have lent their talents to the movie adaptations of our beloved series:  Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia), Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout), and British edition audiobook performer Stephen Fry.   Irish actress Fiona Shaw has many claims to fame.  She was awarded an honorary Commander of the...

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Dark Twins: When Albus Met Gellert...

October 07, 2008, 08:21 PM

One of the first times we hear the name Albus Dumbledore, it is alongside that of Gellert Grindelwald’s, on a Chocolate Frog Card. It’s funny to me now to go back and read Scorcerer’s Stone and know that Jo is giving us such a major clue on a piece of candy. Who knew that that relationship was not just a contention between two powerful and famous wizards, but that of former bosom buddies, who spent two fateful months making big plans in Godric’s Hollow? The attraction between Albus and...


Roy and Silo are Gay...and Dumbledore Makes Three!

September 26, 2008, 09:00 PM

Happy Banned Books Week, everyone! This week, in celebration, I’m blogging about the most challenged book of 2006 and 2007, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (illustrated by Henry Cole, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005). In case you are unfamiliar, Tango is the story of two male penguins, Roy and Silo, who fell in love and started a family, with the help of a zoo keeper, who provided them with a fertilized egg. The chick that hatched was named Tango...

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What Ever Happened to the Gay Junkie?

September 17, 2008, 07:37 PM

Back in 2004, my life as a Potter fan was very different. I had read all the published works (1-5), but I did not have nearly the same connection with the films, the first two of which had been released. When Prisoner of Azkaban came out, my fanaticism took a turn. I remember developing an insatiable appetite for high-resolution pictures after one of the trio in Hagrid’s pumpkin patch was released. I remember the controversy over Hermione’s pink sweatshirt and rainbow belt. And I remember...

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Harry Potter and the Power of Choice

September 03, 2008, 05:15 PM

“ only put me in Gryffindor,” said Harry in a defeated voice, “because I asked not to go to Slytherin…” “Exactly, said Dumbledore, beaming once more. “…It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are…” -“Dobby’s Reward,” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend about transgender issues. Being a trans guy myself, and living in a small community with many of my fellows, there is often one issue that never ceases to spark...

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Do "Matters of the Heart" Matter in the Wizarding World?

August 26, 2008, 05:43 PM

Last year on Pottercast, Jo answered a question about prejudice against gay people in the Wizarding world: “Now, there's something I never thought of. I would think that that would be…what it is in the Muggle world…If we're talking about prejudiced people within the Wizarding world, what they care most about is your blood status. So I think you could be gay, pureblood, and totally without any kind of criticism from the Lucius Malfoys of the world. I don't think that would be something that...

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Draco and Harry...S-N-O-G-G-I-N-G

August 18, 2008, 09:00 PM

Oh man, August 14th certainly was a dark day for the Harry Potter fandom. Although the news has certainly sunk in, I still have the occasional fit of rage or moment of denial. To make matters worse, it appears that, seemingly overnight, my anticipation for the sixth movie has increased ten-fold. Before I went to bed on Thursday night, I looked at the scans of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly and was excited to see photos of Harry, Draco, and the Unbreakable Vow scene. I knew I’d be heading...

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The beginning and hello!

August 11, 2008, 04:10 PM

Hi and welcome to my first ever blog! This blog is called “Queering Potter” and herein I will be discussing some of the queer themes in the Potterverse. You should probably know first off that when I say queer, it doesn’t mean that I will be playing “Is (insert name here) gay?” every week. Strictly speaking, I don’t really believe in that sort of thing. But I do believe in Harry and one thing he’s taught me is that everyone deserves to be let out of the cupboard, and in some ways,...

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Blogger Bio

Name: Jon
LeakyName: abandonedboyjon
House: Hufflepuff

Jon is a filmmaker, writer, and transgender activist, who has been a Harry Potter fan since the age of eleven. In 1999, he had the honor of meeting Jo and still can't believe it happened. He is very much like Ron and often wishes he, too, had a Deluminator. His patronus is an eagle.