Jumping into Harry Potter Meta - Mo's Journal
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|Date:||June 1st, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm finding the question about whether the kids at Hogwarts can be inferred from canon to have sex to be a lot more interesting than the one about what that implies about their morals. But unfortunately the answer seems to be that we don't know. I've seen people arguing that they don't have sex there because there is no evidence that they do, but I don't find that convincing — the lack of sex can be explained for other reasons (edited out because it's a children's book) and as you say the same argument would apply to Molly and Arthur but makes no sense for them.
As to whether Ginny specifically had sex with any of her boyfriends: As I wrote elsewhere, I think it's plausible (though far from certain and maybe unlikely) that she had sex with Dean. They were snogging pretty heavily early in the year, and together for a long time after that — I'm guessing the point they started being rocky (as Hermione calls it) was when Dean laughed at Harry for being hit by McLaggan's bludger, long after the snogging scene. I think the thing with Corner was more likely on the order of handholding and going to Hogsmeade together, though, and with Harry I don't think they had enough time for Harry to move to that point.
|Date:||June 1st, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm finding the question about whether the kids at Hogwarts can be inferred from canon to have sex to be a lot more interesting than the one about what that implies about their morals.
Yes, me too. It's a fun game, I think - trying to envision them as real people and filling in the things you're not told to make them more real. It's really at the essence of fanfic, I think. I do it for X-Men all the time. Fun to try with a fandom I'm not writing, too.
As to whether Ginny specifically had sex with any of her boyfriends... I think it's plausible (though far from certain and maybe unlikely) that she had sex with Dean.
I hhink it is highly unlikely, for a number of reasons
- the whole wizarding society, from what we see of it in snippets of Diagon Alley, and so on, has a definite old-fashioned/conservative feel to it
- The Weasley's themselves, seem to have a very conservative feel to them as well: witness, Ron and Molly's use of the rather archaic term "Scarlet Woman". Witness how embarassed Percy was about being caught kissing by Ginny, and how gleeful the three younger brothers were when they found out. And as several others have mentioned, note that Fleur did not share a room with Bill at the Weasley's house.
Then there is just the rather practical nature of where. Your average student does not have an invisibility cloak, nor "The Map". The castle is patrolled at night, Peeves pops all over the place, ghosts wander around... I just don't think there is much opportunity.
(and just forget the "sock on the doorknob" thing... There are FIVE guys in Harry's room. That is way too many to coordinate. Let alone the fact that neither Ron nor Harry would be at all interested in cooperating with Dean on that front... Really, though it is not stated, I would theorize that room checks like this would be expected of house prefects.)
A wild card in all this, of course, is the background of the Muggleborn like Dean and Hermione. Still, from age 11 on, they are immersed in the magic culture for 10 months of the year. Who knows...