That’s why I was a bit taken aback when one of my writing group members asked, when critiquing a chapter, whether I was “dating” my book with all the Harry Potter references. “Will future readers even know what you’re talking about?” she wondered.
My response: “Well, of course! Well, I should think so. Well, jeez. Well…”
I decided to try a little perspective, projecting myself
into the future. Kids now know all about the characters in Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, right? And those books were written long before I was born! (Not saying how long.)
But. Those books were made into movies within the last decade. The Harry Potter series was Hollywooded so fast, it’s already done. No new blockbusters will appear in thirty years to sweep new generations into Hogwarts Castle.
And Star Wars? Since there’s no original book involved, each generation can inherit its own new
crop of movies, to savor (young Luke Skywalker’s big baby blues!) and/or ridicule (Jar Jar Binks).
Which brings me back to my friend’s question:
Will kids still read or watch Harry Potter in 2057, 50 years after JK Rowling gave us The Deathly Hallows?
“Why WOULDN’T they?” my heroine would demand. “Who could ask for a better combination of imagination, adventure, good v. evil, coming-of-age, suspense and humor in a story?” I would add. “Not to mention all that free fake Latin you get to learn.”
A few clicks on the web shows we have plenty of company in this thought. For a taste, try http://www.mugglenet.com/
It contains recipes for Butterbeer, and tabs like “Alohamora Forum,” featuring such discussions as “Could a Patronus Be a Dementor?”
And for the truly adventurous, steamy stories about Snape and Hermione. Seriously. There are some FANS out there.
But I couldn’t help noticing that, while the number of posts about Books One through Three totalled, 5,709, posts on Books Four through Seven totalled exactly…zero.
Maybe everyone was too busy reading about Snape and Hermione to bother checking in about the Deathly Hallows.Maybe my friend is right!
Of course, you can still weigh in on “What Would Your Animagus Be?” on Flikr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/harrypotter/discuss/72157622224595703/
But for how long???
Star Wars, meanwhile, is the gift that keeps on giving. Gotta love this tagline, “Your Daily Dose of Star Wars” on http://www.theforce.net/
So…doesn’t anyone need a daily dose of Potter?
I could just ask, “What do you think?” But I have a question that gets more to the heart of the matter, I think.
Who’s the most heroic hero: Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, or Frodo? And tell me exactly WHY you know you’re right.
I’m hoping your answers will tell me if Harry is truly immortal.