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David Thewlis Accidentally Made Harry Potter Professor Lupin A Gay Crackhead

David Thewlis, who plays Professor Lupin in Harry Potter beginning in the franchise’s third film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, says director Alfonso Cuarón told him to play the character as if he were a “gay junkie.” Only when Thewlis realized his character ended up with Nymphadora Tonks, a woman, did he have to, in the words of Moviefone, “reign in his gayness.” But this explains why Lupin was always pushing chocolate on innocent Harry.

By:           JD
On:           Apr 4, 2011
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  • 22 Comments
    • PS
      PS

      LOL. Well his portrayal in the film was actually quite close to what I imagined Lupin to be like. When I read the third Harry Potter book I kind of had the feeling he was either gay or asexual.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DavyJones
      DavyJones

      @PS: Same, the kids’ acting is terrible throughout the first 4 movies, but the adults are all pretty much bang on what I expected them to be

      Apr 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Red Meat
      Red Meat

      @DavyJones: I agree, except I still find the trio’s acting of the character off point.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • D.R.A.
      D.R.A.

      Lupin and Sirius were totally doing it.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fuzzy
      fuzzy

      @D.R.A.: They totally were!

      Apr 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      I never understood Lupin winding up with Tonks. Even before watching the movies, I thought he was probably gay.

      Also, Dumbledore was definitely gay.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      Well he did get sacked after being “outed”.

      I thought the reveal in the books was hilarious:

      *Sirius and Lupin embrace*

      Hermione: You! You and him! I’ve been covering for you!

      Apr 4, 2011 at 10:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Latebrosus
      Latebrosus

      reign in: how you locate a king’s or queen’s demesne.
      rein in: to hold back or suppress.

      (The error is Moviefone’s, but still. Come on.)

      Apr 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • valentine ghost
      valentine ghost

      I’d always read his lycanthropy as a metaphor for closeted homosexuality in a repressive environment: he’s bookish and kind, trying to be better than what society expects from someone like him; he keeps his private life closely-guarded; he coaches Harry on the difficulties of being different; and in the end he leaves his job when his secret is to be exposed. I kind of wish JK Rowling had done that on purpose. A gay Lupin would have made much more sense to me than a gay Dumbledore, though that one didn’t surprise me much either.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • InscrutableTed
      InscrutableTed

      Yeah, I totally thought Sirius and Remus were a couple. The subtext was at least as heavy as the subtext around Dumbledore.

      I think everyone was shocked when Remus married Tonks. Maybe Remus was supposed to be bisexual? I can see JK Rowling wanting to include a bisexual character.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zeus
      Zeus

      omgz lupin-sirius-dumbledore 3some.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      I never necessarily got that Remus was gay, but I did get that his dilemma over being a werewolf was a metaphor for being gay.

      Apr 5, 2011 at 12:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tony
      Tony

      “But this explains why Lupin was always pushing chocolate on innocent Harry.”

      No it doesn’t. I guess it’s not enough to have straight people making a link between being gay and being a paedophile so we have to have it coming from within gay media too. Well done.

      Apr 6, 2011 at 7:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • XTIAAN
      XTIAAN

      he was way off with the whole gay junkie thing, it involves alot more PVC piercings and listening to drill and bass, and goth music

      May 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      J.K. Rowling said that lycanthropy in the books is a metaphor for HIV.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Opheliac
      Opheliac

      To me, Remus and Tonks were both incredibly gay, and only got married to conceal said gayness. And maybe, in Remus’ case, to get over Sirius.(Yes, I’m a shipper. Deal with it.)

      Aug 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Donna
      Donna

      “My comments for you are simple. David Thewlis is a trumendis actor and to trash him like this is terrible. I am younger than you would think and you just crushed my hero.”

      Nov 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Donna
      Donna [Different person #1 using similar name]

      “It’s Donna from the last comment. You know…the more I think about it…You’re probebly right….He is prob gay. But I think JK Rowling was very clear on it….He still is my hero….But this site has him down pat!”

      Nov 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cinesnatch
      Cinesnatch

      @Tony: Good point. In light of the recent Sandusky/Michael Jackson/Sandusky Queerty post, consistency isn’t one of Queerty’s strengths. Perpetuating and criticizing the same stereotype is Q’s MO; as long as it generates traffic, they’ll throw in the kitchen sink.

      Nov 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snape
      Snape

      @fuzzy: haha yeah i had a feeling he was playing him gay it’s the way he was looking at Snape and Harry they did it in the tree house lmfao

      Nov 23, 2011 at 9:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wheel of Fortune
      Wheel of Fortune

      @Opheliac lol I always thought Tonks is incredibly gay. It feel so weird that these two married each other and I think your theory makes more sense!

      Feb 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • manifestasisanubari
      manifestasisanubari

      Straight Severus!
      “Always…” *casting Patronus charm*
      Dumbledore: … *but I love you, Severus*

      Dumbledore: You must be the one who kill me, Severus…

      Snape: Avada Kedavra!
      Dumbledore: *falling slowly-dying of broken heart*

      Aug 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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