'“I am what I am an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothern’ with.’'' - Rubeus Hagrid
One of my favorite scenes in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has always been the Herbology class in the greenhouse with the screaming Mandrake infants. I would have paid a lot more attention in school if our classes had been this interesting.
Part of the scene's charm is British actress Miriam Margolyes rockin' it as Head of Hufflepuff Professor Pomona Sprout.
What I never realized about Margolyes is that she had a tricky relationship with her parents because of something she couldn't help: despite being largely open-minded people, they couldn't accept their daughter was gay.
Speaking to AudioBoom, Margolyes explained:
''I didn’t tell my parents, in fact, until I was something like 27. My mother was utterly appalled and disgusted. She told my father, although I didn’t want her to, but she did because they shared everything.
They made me swear on the Bible in the drawing room, in the most formal way, that I would never sleep with a woman again.
I knew perfectly well that when I said it, I would not be able to keep it.''
Despite her parents' ignorance, Miriam accepted the way she was with humor and clarity, adding:
“The curious thing is that I embraced homosexuality with as much joy and delight as I’ve embraced everything else in my life.”
At least the LGBT community has always been accepted at Hogwarts...