“Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.” — Stephen King

At 10pm of a Friday night of July 15, 2011 we have witnessed the final adventure of the Harry Potter film series entitled ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’. There was so much anticipation for this epic finale in my circle of friends thus, to celebrate this unprecedented event prior to the release we scheduled to have a marathon from the first film, The Sorcerer’s Stone to the 7th installment, The Deathly Hallows Part 1. To end everything with class, we indulged ourselves and booked at Gold Class Cinema — the ultimate in luxury movie viewing with a private lounge and plush electronic recliner seats comparable to First Class airline chairs. We had to cough up 4 movie tickets for the price of 1 to better view how the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war for a battle between the good and evil and Harry’s climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort.

I must admit I’m not a ‘raving’ fan of this saga. I stopped reading after Goblet of Fire (4th book), In our marathon I fell asleep half of the 1st movie, tweeting/facebooking on the 2nd movie, skipped 3,4,5,6 and watched only the last part of 7, the part where Dobby got killed. ..sniffed… sniffed… I still can’t get over that drama. So I guess you can say in a wizarding world of gauging my fan level you can categorized me as a ‘mud blood’. Purebloods are those fanatics who avidly finished the marathon from 1 to 7 (you know who you are…hmmm Sugar!), Read the books twice, thrice, following  @jk_rowling, @Emwatson, @Tomfelton on twitter and a subscriber of the mugglenet.

The gayness of Voldemort

Ronnel is a part of the circle of friends who always have a question/opinion on every movie we watched his every ideas/interrogation presented most of the time made sense whenever he questioned the loop holes in every movie. In passing we mentioned that Dumbledore is gay according to the author and here’s the snippet of that statement:

“In front of a full house of hardcore Potter fans at Carnegie Hall in New York, Rowling, sitting on the stage on red velvet and carved wood throne, read from her seventh and final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” then took questions. One fan asked whether Albus Dumbledore, the head of the famed Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, had ever loved anyone. Rowling smiled. “Dumbledore is gay, actually,” replied Rowling as the audience erupted in surprise. She added that, in her mind, Dumbledore had an unrequited love affair with Gellert Grindelwald, Voldemort’s predecessor who appears in the seventh book. After several minutes of prolonged shouting and clapping from astonished fans, Rowling added. “I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy.”  

Having heard of it for the first time Ronnel was in rant… No, he didn’t have a problem that Dumbledore is gay, he was more insistent that Voldemort was gay for the following reasons:

  1. His fixation on Harry and always calling out his name in a bedroom voice… Ha..aaa.rrr..yyy…y.y
  2. His selection of  Horcruxes, that dark magical objects that hold a piece of his soul are questionable to his masculinity i.e.:
    1. The Diary –  he cannot grasped the idea of a boy (Tom Riddle) having a  diary
    2. Jewelleries – really? The ring, the locket and this is a real giveaway… a tiara…gay much? (Imagine him wearing all of these in front of the mirror of Erised… hmmmm)
    3. Nigini – A liking for snakes symbolism for fondness of something else
  3. Constantly surrounded by male death eaters and shows disgust over a female stalker i.e. Bellatrix Lestrange
  4. He is fabulous in black mixed with a hint of green on the dark mark –only a few guys can carry that with so much glamour.
  5. Last but not the least, how he hold that elder wand, while Hermione holding it in a firm grip (like holding on to her dear life.) Voldemort hold it with so much finesse… like a fairy…

Personally I thought he was just ‘Emo’ at least the style is sooo 2011 as opposed to Snape who looked like a band member of The Cure from the New Wave era of the early 80’s. Also, I was waiting for Voldemort to develop into full feature of that handsome actor Ralph Fiennes who portrayed him, but it never happened. Partly I say this is also the reason why he got defeated by HP – Poor Voldemort his nose never developed, he can’t hardly breathe through that slit…duh!  Piggy banks has wider slit than his nose…

Anyways, enough making fun of the characters in the movie,  JK Rowling never made any comments about the question: Is Voldemort gay? But I like this explanation better in wiki.answer

Asexual. He has never shown any romantic or sexual interest in anybody and he is incapable of love.

Considering that Voldemort never cared for anyone but himself, it is doubtful he ever formed an attachment to anyone sufficient to define his preferences. He was only in love with himself and obsessed not with sex, but with power. He certainly would not have been above using someone else’s proclivities and preferences against them, but he would have considered anything as trivial as sex to be beneath him.

Voldemort is also incapable of love as he was conceived under the effects of a love potion.

Snape Surprise

Not long after Alan Rickman started to play Severus Snape, J.K. Rowling told him some character secrets about Snape that would not be otherwise revealed until the last book. Most significantly, Rickman was one of the very few people other than Rowling to know (years ahead of the last book’s publication) that Snape had been in love with Lily Evans (later Potter) when they were students at Hogwarts, and both Snape’s protection of and antagonism toward Harry came from that. Rowling said that she shared this information with Rickman because “he needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy, who’s living proof of Lily’s preference for another man, came from.” According to Rickman, the directors prior to the publication of the last book were not privy to the information of Snape’s true character either, and he had to ask them to differ to him the portrayal of Snape, whether or not they understood why. – Source: IMDb

Alan Rickman’s Harry Potter Thank-you Letter to J.K. Rowling Rickman took out a full-page ad in Empire to say his very sweet good-bye.

Almost Ten years of Harry Potter — 9 years, 7 months of and 29 days of waiting between the first movie up to the last and some of us cannot probably imagine life without waiting. It was such a bitter sweet ending… sweet, for the characters as they lived happily ever after and bitter, for us viewers because now it all ends.

Interesting facts from IMDb:

  1. At the end of the film, Harry has two sons, one of whom he addressed as “Albus Severus Potter.” The older one, never addressed by name, has the initials “J.S.P.” on his luggage. This stands for James Sirius Potter.
  2. The filmmakers persuaded Tom Felton to convince his girlfriend, Jade Olivia, to play Draco Malfoy’s wife, Astoria Greengrass, in the film’s epilogue.
  3. In every shot in which Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange appear together, she always moves so that she stands on his right, traditionally the position of the most loyal and trusted follower.
  4. In the story, Voldemort has created several Horcruxes in an attempt to cheat death. Appropriately, his name is French for “Flight of Death” or it can also mean “Stealer/Cheater of death”.
  5. Kate Winslet was first considered for and reportedly offered the role of Helena Ravenclaw. The role was rejected by her agent before she was able to consider it, believing that Winslet would not want to “follow suit with every other actor in Britain by being a part of Harry Potter”. The role subsequently went to Kelly Macdonald.
  6. M. Night Shyamalan was interested in directing this installment.
  7. Filming the torture scene where Bellatrix is torturing Hermione at the Malfoy’s Manor at the climax proved to be very intense for the actors involved (Most of the scene was cut to avoid an R rating in the USA and a 15 rating in the UK). So intense and brutal as it was that Helena Bonham Carter approached Emma Watson right afterward to make sure they were still on good terms.

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