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'Harry Potter' Redhead -- Facing Extinction?

7/13/2011 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Harry Potter" star Rupert Grint may be the last of a dying breed -- because redheads are supposedly going the way of the dinosaurs -- but one "ginge" TMZ staffer plans to make the most of the dire situation. 071211_TV_grint_still



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Scott    

You'll never see him again in a movie...he has Gingervitis

1167 days ago
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M    

my brother just had twins..one boy one girl...both redheads.....so they should have a few more generations of breeders of evil gingers still left

1167 days ago
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Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Why are TMZ staffers so obsessed with red-headed men? They give them a stupid name ("gingers" ---- that´s a name usually used for rust colored cats), post pictures of them on this blog, and talk about them all the time here and during their T.V. show. What kind of weird, obsessive, latent homoeroticism is this? Yuk.

1167 days ago
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Blood Red Witch    

I am Ginger and Proud!

1167 days ago
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mag    

I love how TMZ is so stupid sometimes. If it is a recessive gene, it doesn't just go away. All it takes is a computer to research a little... tiny bit. A section from red hair in Wikipedia:

Extinction hoax

See also: Disappearing blonde gene

A 2007 report in The Courier-Mail, which cited the National Geographic magazine and unnamed "genetic scientists", said that red hair is likely to die out in the near future.[32] Other blogs and news sources ran similar stories that attributed the research to the magazine or the "Oxford Hair Foundation". However, a HowStuffWorks article says that the foundation was funded by hair-dye maker Procter & Gamble, and that other experts had dismissed the research as either lacking in evidence or simply bogus. The National Geographic article in fact states "while redheads may decline, the potential for red isn't going away".[33]

Red hair is caused by a relatively rare recessive gene, the expression of which can skip generations. It is not likely to disappear at any time in the foreseeable future.[33]

1167 days ago
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Leslie    

As long as there is hair dye , there will be redheads.

1167 days ago
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Redmomma    

I am a "Ginger" and proud of it. I have three children, two are red-heads and one is blonde. Their father has black hair. Sooooo, two redheaded parents are not needed to create a red-headed child. Just say'n....... Thanks for the laugh!

1167 days ago
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jdub    

Gingers freak me out... With their pale skin and freckles...

1167 days ago
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Crystal    

I am a natural "Ginger"! I'd say there are more redheaded people out there than you think. They just dye their hair. LOL!

1167 days ago
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jason    

The whole "redhead extinction" thing appears to be BS. Here's a reputable article: http://jscms.jrn.columbia.edu/cns/2009-04-14/hall-redheads.html

Bottom-line quote:
"The panic began in 2005 when a study predicted that redheads could become extinct within the next century. Scientists were quick to debunk the theory, pointing out that the study was conducted by the Oxford Hair Foundation, which is funded by beauty giant Procter & Gamble and stood to profit from a run on red hair dye."

1167 days ago
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bored    

but they are no special than any one else! who cares!

1167 days ago
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Mork12    

Leslie 3 hours ago

As long as there is hair dye , there will be redheads.
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yes fake ones

1167 days ago
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MzLeigh2000    

You've obviously never been to Texas. I see more and more of the little red headed bastards every day.

1167 days ago
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MoonDust    

Have to admit, that piece was actually cute.

1167 days ago
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CarolynAB    

So long as there's an Ireland, Scotland, England, Galicia (region in Spain) and Bretagne (or Brittany, in France)there will be enough Celtic people around to keep the ginger gene alive.

It may not be dominant, but it's far from extinct.

1167 days ago
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