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JK Rowling debunks ‘revelation’ Lupin’s werewolf condition is a metaphor for HIV

JK Rowling debunks ‘revelation’ Lupin’s werewolf condition is a metaphor for HIV

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JK Rowling has debunked the ‘revelation’ fan fave character Remus Lupin’s werewolf condition is a metaphor for HIV.

In one of her new ebooks, the author is quoted as talking about his lycanthropy as a metaphor for an illness that carries some negative public opinion.

She wrote: ‘Lupin’s condition of lycanthropy was a metaphor for those illnesses that carry a stigma, like HIV and AIDS.

‘All kinds of superstitions seem to surround blood-borne conditions, probably due to taboos surrounding blood itself. The wizarding community is as prone to hysteria and prejudice as the Muggle one, and the character of Lupin gave me a chance to examine those attitudes.’

The excerpt appears in Short Stories From Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, And Dangerous Hobbies on Pottermore which also explains how Lupin became part werewolf.

He was bitten as a child by a man/werewolf who wanted revenge on Remus’ dad.

But according to Rowling, this information has been out there for a very long time.

Rowling recently came under fire for refusing to say Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather in the books, is gay.

It led to a backlash accusing the pro-LGBTI author of ‘queerbaiting’ and refusing to acknowledge the fandom’s preferred head canon.