Alex Blaze

Shutting down Harry Potter fan fiction

Filed By Alex Blaze | August 21, 2007 9:50 AM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: Harry Potter, IPR, J.K. Rowling, slash porn

Oh, my:

LAWYERS for the promoter of the Harry Potter films are clamping down on so-called 'slash porn' featuring the world-famous boy wizard.

It is estimated that there are more than 700 websites worldwide publishing lurid homosexual tales about the lead character in the best-selling books by JK Rowling.

Mainly penned by women, the genre has seen Harry Potter caught in flagrante with a variety of other males featured in the series.

The authors steadfastly refuse to accept that their work is pornography, claiming instead it is an art form.

But now websites used by the 'slash porn' writers are being closed down after legal warnings.

So, question: If Harry Potter is sold to us as "the mythology of our times", don't the concepts then become community property?I mean, no one's actually going to think that JK Rowling wrote gay sex stories involving her characters....

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Eric Georgantes | August 21, 2007 10:53 AM

... On what basis are they trying to shut it down, again? I mean, practically everything that is reasonably popular has some fanfiction to go along with it, and anything with a reasonably-sized young female audience tends to have gay male pairings in it.

Leland Frances | August 21, 2007 1:48 PM

Hmmmm. What's that Biblical passage about straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel? Have never read the books, and won't after finding the film versions [which I rent only when nothing else better is left at my video rental store] trite and derivative and amazingly unimpressive in terms of CGI. The special effects in "Wizard of Oz" from decades ago remain more impressive.

As for that "camel," they're in a twist about online fan fiction when they apparently had no problem with that 30-foot wide, full screen, ick-making scene in one of the earlier movies of a 16-year old naked Harry in the bathtub trying to keep a female child ghost from rubbing against him and checking out his special magic wand? One can only assume it was the highlight of the next NAMBLA convention, but I couldn't believe such a scene was conceived let alone filmed and distributed all over the world. Apparently it's sourced from the original book but is screenwriting a second job we've yet to discover on Mark Foley's resume?

I felt guilty just watching it, not having expected to run into soft core kiddie porn in the most popular "children's film" series of all time. And I guess that's why we didn't hear any complaints from them [that I'm aware of] about their billion dollar star Daniel Radcliff showing the full monty on the London stage in "Equus."

That's kind of what I thought too, Leland. Equus is okay, but fan fiction isn't? Yikes. While I've never understood the popularity of fan fiction, I also don't see the point of trying to remove it.

It looks like the journalist simply scraped their quotes for the section on slash porn from an old crackdown from 2001. One of the quotes is verbatim from a 2001 article. Evidently the journalist decided an article on Chinese ripoff novels just wasn't enough, without a little extra spice.