OT: Ika's Cuaron quote

Paul Andinach pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Fri Jul 16 12:29:04 EDT 2004

On Thu, 15 Jul 2004, Ika wrote:

["He's your favorite gay uncle that does smack"]

> > What I found interesting, while I was tracking it down, was the
> > number of people who thought (or - bearing in mind that many of
> > them were 'shippers of various stripes - chose to appear to think)
> > that Cuaron meant it literally.
> Oh, I do. I mean, not about the smack, but I liked the quote because
> it's *always* nice to have someone associated with the 'official'
> product recognize that there are gay characters in the Potterverse.

Yes, like that.

You've highlighted another interesting aspect of the phenomenon: the
tendency to hail Cuaron's "recognition" of Remus' supposed
homosexuality, while ignoring or discounting the bit about doing
smack. You can't have it both ways: if Cuaron is saying that he thinks
Remus is actually gay, then he is also saying that he thinks Remus
actually does smack - and, for that matter, that Remus actually is
Harry's uncle.

It seems clear to me that he's only making an analogy: being a
werewolf has a similar effect on one's interpersonal relationships as
being a gay heroin addict, and being an avuncular werewolf has a
similar effect on one's interpersonal relationships as being a gay
heroin-addicted uncle. Cuaron's remark doesn't say anything at all
about whether he thinks Remus actually is gay, heroin-addicted, or an

(I also, by the way, read Cuaron as proposing the analogy as a tool
for understanding and acting out Remus' interpersonal relationships,
not as suggesting that the analogy has any real presence in the story,
intended or otherwise.)

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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