According to Manolo for the Big Girl, Harry Potter is pro-fat. (Although I have to say, I hardly think giants count.) (Also, since when is Neville Longbottom fat? Is he fat?)
While I notice that, at first glance, a few of the overweight characters are stereotypically written as “bumbling” or “jovial,” on the whole the overweight good guys blend seamlessly into the good-guy group.
This reminds me of me, asking (a while back) is Harry Potter anti-fat? (I don’t know why I was anti the Fat Lady portrait, though. I’ll have to read it again to see if there really are Fat Lady jokes, as I guess I thought there were.)
And then, all of that notwithstanding, does Harry Potter have other problems? (Spoilers for Deathly Hallows behind the cut.)
Deathly Hallows also goes far beyond the previous books’ discomforting treatment of gender and into disturbing territory. Fleur is described as staring at Bill ‘slavishly’. When Ron feels uncomfortable about clutching the now-married Tonks in a non-sexual manner, it’s her husband that he glances at, not the woman herself. It’s automatically accepted that, only a few weeks into her pregnancy, Tonks will stay home with her mother rather than go to work. Finally, while it’s obviously very, very cool that Mrs. Weasley can wipe the floor with Bellatrix Lestrange, may I ask why the only role that the Order of the Phoenix could find for a woman with such mad dueling skills involved cooking and cleaning?
I did notice the Fleur-cooking-for-Bill thing, and it made me a little uncomfortable. Maybe if Hermione becomes head of the Wizangamot, I’ll feel better. But I guess the takeaway here is that I have more feelings about women’s roles in the books than about fat people. And also, the book is mostly totally awesome.
That last link is via Ceej.
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