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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Harry Potter and the Legion of Fanboys

Hogwarts is a mystery to me. And that’s okay. I was a fully functioning adult when J.K. Rowling hit pay dirt with her first book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. My intern, Ben, however was a pup in ’97 and cannot recall with any clarity a Voldemort free world. So it was no surprise when he donned a robe and a pair of over-sized glasses to tailgate at the googleplex before the midnight show of Deathly Hollows Part 2 last night.  He claims that Harry Potter is his Star Wars.

It’s not a bad analogy; one that’s been brought up before – Luke/Harry, Voldemort/Vader, Han and Leia/Ron and Hermione. Most other awesomely-awesome fantastic fantasy movies from the ’70s and ’80s were mostly not meant for kids, but we watched the hell out of freakin’ Blade Runner and Heavy Metal any time they were on HBO anyway! Fantasy for children were usually one-offs, never requiring to a sequel (Booooo, Neverending Story 2!). Potter and the wiz kids have had 7 books and 8 movies.  Time Bandits, Legend, Labyrinth, and Willow still have their place in our collective memory, but it isn’t like Star Wars or this Potter thing.  When these dorks are in their thirties they’ll be doing Quidditch jokes faster than Han can shoot Greedo. They’ll be going to dorky conventions and inviting their buddies over to watch Prisoner of Azkaban the way we watch Empire Strikes Back.

Ben will most likely be late for work today, he’ll be smiling, hungover, and probably still have a lightning bolt Sharpied onto his forehead.  I will understand, then send him out for coffee insisting that he wear a Darth Vader helmet. You know… because Vader kicks ass and respect must be paid to the original Dark Lord.

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  • Himjill

    All is not lost, I was challenged out of the clear blue, at my daughters game, to an (invisable) light saber fight, by a 4 year old. So this mid-generation does not get it, (thanks a lot Jar Jar) but our children will continue with the mind tricks and move objects with their mind. Why, because Star Wars is real, Harry Potter is a book ….. or something.

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