Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Yeah, that's a pretty sensationalist headline, but...
I just read on Dolly Mix a theory concerning a "forgotten rape" in "Harry Potter and the Order Of the Phoenix" -- specifically that of Dolores Umbridge, Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.
In the novel, Hermione takes Delores into the forest and "leaves her to the centaurs" when the errant professor threatens to curse Dumbledore.
When next we see Delores, she is hospitalized with no outward sign of injury, just messed-up hair & clothes. When Ron makes the sound of hoofs near her as a joke, she jumps and reacts in fear.
The Dolly Mix poster points out the the mythic lore regarding centaurs is filled with references to rape and as the creatures as rapists. Since J.K. Rowling does such thorough research for her books, the reasoning goes, she certainly would have been aware of this rapey pedigree.
Hence, it's implied in the book that Delores was raped by the centaurs.
What do you think?