With Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe making the cover story of Out magazine, I’d be thinking about Harry even if I wasn’t in the middle of reading the series with my son and playing the new Lego Harry Potter Wii game. (And I’m not the only queer parent to be doing so, as Paige Schilt’s post at Bilerico proves.)
The best Harry news I’ve heard recently, however, is that the Lego Harry Potter sets coming out in October will include a minifig of Madam Hooch, the broomstick-flying instructor and Quidditch referee. (Image here; right-hand side of third row.) She’s an athletic coach with spiky short hair, played to perfection by Zoë Wanamaker in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
You can probably see where I’m going with this. Granted, Madam Hooch’s sexual orientation is unknown, unlike that of Albus Dumbledore (whom author J.K. Rowling outed in 2007). And having short hair and being athletic is no guarantee of being a lesbian, of course, as Elena Kagan has taught us. But if Wanamaker’s portrayal doesn’t remind you of the gym teacher you had a crush on in eighth grade, then you weren’t paying attention to either the movie or eighth-grade gym class.
Now I just have to convince Helen to buy me the Lego Quidditch stadium for the holidays. (And I’m sure Santa will get our son a Lego HP set, too.)
Who else is looking forward to the release of Deathly Hallows in November? Anyone else have kids reading the books (with or without you)? Am I the only one ridiculously excited about the Lego/HP combination?