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Warning: This post was published more than 12 years ago.

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Culture Vulture notes a Times of India article which claims that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince contains pornographic double-entendres, including these particular favourites of mine:

‘You see?’ Dumbledore said quietly, holding his wand a little higher. Harry saw a fissure in the cliff into which dark water was swirling. ‘You will not object to getting a little wet?’ ‘No,’ said Harry. ‘Then take off your Invisibility Cloak… and let us take the plunge.’

Lupin burst out laughing. ‘Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my ‘furry little problem’…

Realistically, is there any book in the world that you couldn’t extract quotes from and put them in a completely different context? Well, perhaps the newly bought Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Perhaps more amusing still is one commenter’s observation on the Culture Vulture website:

hagrid had a giant mother and a human father, If you think that’s hard to fathom, be thankful Rowling didn’t make it the other way around.

Well, that had never occured to me before…

This 702nd post was filed under: Book Club.






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Comments and responses

Comment from Anonymous


by Anonymous

Comment posted at 22:14 on 25th May 2007.

cunt


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 22:58 on 25th May 2007.

Thanks for that, err, “contribution”.


Comment from Ian


by Ian

Comment posted at 13:53 on 2nd June 2007.

I do wonder about JK sometimes and whether she is trying to write a book with many levels of interpritation. But in reality, things that are written or spoken can often be construed in a different way, often with a double entendre.


Comment from lemmielemmings


by lemmielemmings

Comment posted at 15:36 on 5th June 2007.

“Harry could see Draco Malfoy banging his goblet on the table. It was a sickening sight”.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 17:01 on 5th June 2007.

That’s not a bad one…


Comment from iewhfjsdibf


by iewhfjsdibf

Comment posted at 16:23 on 26th June 2007.

wow thats effing HILARIOUSSS!!!!


Comment from hilarious


by hilarious

Comment posted at 21:20 on 5th July 2007.

a quote from hermione granger:
“Ron, whats got your wand in a knot?”


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 00:11 on 7th July 2007.

Hey, I like that one! 🙂


Comment from larry potter


by larry potter

Comment posted at 07:40 on 25th July 2007.

the guy at the top that said cunt is just a real big arse. i figure that if there where less people like them in the world it really wouldnt be so bad.


Comment from Anonymous


by Anonymous

Comment posted at 10:12 on 25th July 2007.

cunt

(hey look mum i’m big and clever!)


Comment from Anonymous


by Anonymous

Comment posted at 22:49 on 3rd August 2007.

Cunts a porno word


Comment from The Big Wand


by The Big Wand

Comment posted at 22:51 on 3rd August 2007.

Hey i like cunts whats wrong with cunts


Comment from stfu buzz off


by stfu buzz off

Comment posted at 13:46 on 9th August 2007.

cunts are so f%&^ing nice


Comment from cody


by cody

Comment posted at 04:38 on 12th August 2007.

i think you guys are just assholes with nothing better to do then talk bad about jk


Comment from Literature_defender


by Literature_defender

Comment posted at 12:55 on 29th August 2007.

It seems to me that people such as yourselves, making rude remarks equal only to your level of intelligence, are merely jealous of the fact that you will NOT be spending the rest of your lives in the comfort that writing the seven greatest selling novels of all time brings. Oh well, what a shame. Also, if the greatest pastime you can come up with is trying to root through a children’s book to investigate alleged pornography, maybe the object of this discussion should be you?


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 16:17 on 29th August 2007.

I agree that this thread has gone downhill somewhat, but I don’t think I’m jealous… And, as a factual point, the Harry Potter books certainly aren’t the seven bestselling novels of all time – indeed, even Dan Brown’s lamentable Da Vinci Code has sold more copies than four of them.

And I don’t think the greatest pastime I can come up with is trying to root through anything to investigate alleged pornography – I was merely commenting on a Times of India article, in one of well over a thousand posts on this website… Some of which are, of course, collected together in my own book – it’s no Harry Potter, but it’s certainly sold more copies than I expected, and I’d be more than happy to make that the object of the discussion!


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