[DWJ] Langford on Potter
janamouse at hotmail.com
Thu May 24 05:54:12 EDT 2007
>The Langford having perpetrated a book called *The End Of Harry Potter?*,
>I went and had a look at some (favourable, he wouldn't be pointing us at
>the other sort) reviews.
>I wanna know, has anyone here read it, and is it the Pure Langford or has
>he had to be too serious?
>P'raps I ought to read Langford *before* the Potter Saga? Anyone?
This is what I thought about it when I read it in November- it started as a
game of "guess where the quote is from":
"'Now I see him eating breakfast, which according to Napoleon's Book of
Dreams foretells a slow, lingering and horrible illness, perhaps leprosy or
the Black Pox, accompanied by morbid and repugnant discharges which are
symbolised by the milk on his cornflakes.'
"Dave Langford, The End of Harry Potter? (this is the one that's only just
out. It's a well-argued bit of meta, [...] which is also funny and includes
interesting comparisons to how other authors have used themes similar to
JKR's. However there are three or four pages that are worth the price of the
book in themselves, where he lays out what might happen in Book Seven- the
bit quoted is from Harry's future as predicted by Sybill Trelawney, there's
also the Classic Fantasy version where Harry must take the One Horcrux to
Voldemordor accompanied by his loyal but clumsy friend Neville, several film
versions (I am your father, Harry), and so on.)"
I don't think it's quite Langfordish enough to be worth reading before the
books, probably, and you probably also won't get the full joy of the parody
endings unless you know the Potter characters. But it'd certainly be a
welcome break after book five or six of what I seem to remember is your
planned read-the-whole-damn-lot-in-a-week binge.
(The bit in ellipses is where I linked to a couple of people whose essays
about Potter are online and, I think, have a similar level of rigour to this
book, including JOdel's Red Hen site . Langford is definitely funnier,
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