Deconstructing Harry

by alphamonkey on July 17, 2007 · 6 comments

in Uncategorized

Harry Potter’s latest and (fingers crossed) last outing hits store shelves on Saturday, and it wouldn’t be a Harry Potter release without non-stop navel gazing about the series.  But 10 years in, is the magic still there?  Both the Washington Post and the New York Times demolish the myth that Potter books have kick started a generation of new readers (guess what? Reading rates continue to decline in older readers at the exact same rate as before the introduction of Potter), while one Sydney columnist pleads for this to truly be the end of Potter and Pals.

Britain’s Royal Mail just announced a new set of Harry Potter stamps, while Ultra-Orthodox lawmakers in Israel are decrying the release of the book on Shabbat with winning quotes such as “We don’t have to be dragged like monkeys after the world with this subculture, and certainly not while violating our holy Shabbat” (Avraham Ravitz of the United Torah Judaism Party).

Personally, I’ll stick with Tim Hunter for my 12 year old magicians, but in case you want to avoid being seen reading Harry Potter in public, might I suggest these clever alternate book jackets?

Update: Apparently the book has already made it on to the Torrent sites, and the Something Awful forum goons have compiled a massive list of spoilersYesButNoButYes puts together the biggest right here.

Update 2: The Telegraph weighs in on Harry Potter & The War on Terror.

  • Reddit
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • LinkedIn
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Posterous
  • Tumblr
  • quadir

    After checking out this blog for a few years, my friends (who I show things to) and I can say thanks for all the neat music, skits and games; but please, save me your indie attitude.  QuestionableContent is funny, you’re not.  Some of us have actual opinions about things instead of just looking for the latest popular thing this week to bash, and I’m not even a huge fan of potter, or the transformers movie, or the dozens of things you had to cry about before that.

  • elkciN

    Sometimes people don’t like things because, you know, they don’t like them. I can’t speak for AM, but I’m not a fan of Harry Potter because it’s shitty writing, and steals from several predecesors to become an amalgamation of generic fantasy stereotypes.

    Even if it was proven to increase literacy rates, I don’t think it would be a fair trade off, considering the quality of the reading material.

    You’re kind of being a elitist prick here, assuming things you don’t know. People have the right to like or dislike whatever they want, for whatever reasons they want. Opinions are great like that.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Wait, what? When did I become indie? Man, no one tells me ANYTHING.

    I thought I was firmly in the abashedly un-ironic media dork category.  My fanboy love is too random for indie status.

    I think your confusing a collection of recent articles (none of which I wrote, by the way) about Harry Potter and the 10 year phenomenon with bashing.  Fair enough, except that I don’t have any problem with Harry Potter books, or the people who read them.

    And um, I haven’t really said anything about the Transformers movies, beyond not liking the designs or Michael Bay’s directorial acumen in general.

  • elkciN

    It’s your fault for talking about current events. You should know better.

    blank stare

    (I only used that smiley because all the cool kids are doing it)

  • LupineFresh

    The fact that you stated QuestionableContent was funny pretty much threw your entire case out the window.


  • elkciN


    I like Questionable Content.

    I was reading it long before any of you posers.

    Though, I wouldn’t call it ‘funny’, per se.

Previous post:

Next post: