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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.

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22 Comments

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Red Meat

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

  • D.R.A.

    Lupin and Sirius were totally doing it.

  • fuzzy

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Zeus

    omgz lupin-sirius-dumbledore 3some.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Harley

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

  • 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.)

  • 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.”

  • Donna

    “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!”

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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*

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