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Gay Harry Potter Remark Gets Author Expelled

by Peter Moore 365Gay.com, London Bureau

Posted: October 6, 2005 11:00 am ET

(London) Teachers at a school in southwest England hustled a well known author of children's books off the stage after he implied that Harry Potter is gay.

Graham Taylor who wrote his own best-selling tale of witchcraft and black magic for younger readers - "Shadowmancer" - was speaking to 12 year old students at Penair School in Truro.

Taylor, who is also a clergyman, was describing differences between his book and those of Potter creator J.K. Rowling when he launched into a tirade.

He told the students that Rowling's villains were all "wimps".

"As for Harry Potter, well, he's not the only gay in the village," Taylor said, referring to a well known phrase from the popular British comedy series "Little Britain."

Teachers who were at the back of the hall quickly huddled and decided the remark was homophobic. They then went to the stage, interrupted Taylor, and suggested he leave. Taylor was then hustled off the stage by two teachers.

Taylor said later that he did not intend to offend anyone, but he won't apologize either.

"It was a joke; a joke from 'Little Britain' that the children would know," Taylor was quoted by newspapers as saying.

Taylor has been following in Rowling's footsteps for several years. "Shadowmancer" was the best selling children's book in the UK for 15 weeks and Taylor sold the film rights for about $4 million dollars.

©365Gay.com 2005


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