From the archives: August 2003

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Proposed Harry Potter 6 storyline revealed!

Monday, 11 August 2003 — 9:48pm | Harry Potter, Literature

From The National Review comes this exclusive gem:

Harry Potter and the Magic Campaign

This proposal is for the next in the series of popular Harry Potter books, in which the intrepid wizard does battle in the terrifying world of California politics.

As you know, since the surprise retirement of series author J. K. Rowling, the books have been crafted by writers as assisted by focus groups and test readers. Here in particular, we understand that some alert readers may detect the shift in locale from Britain to California. Continuity should not suffer, however, for as in past books the main characters will consume exclusively odd British food (“meat pies” e.g.). If our scenario does not test well, the characters can be moved to California through some magical contrivance, or, what may be the least credible option, the recall campaign and election could take place somewhere other than California.

Scary stuff – definitely much darker than what we’re used to. Is this really appropriate for the kiddies? Read on to find out.

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Excuses for procrastination sold separately

Thursday, 7 August 2003 — 11:35am

There has been a dearth of updates and commentary here over the past two weeks, but rest assured, this site (as temporary an establishment as it may or may not be) is far from dead. Expect in the near future overdue reviews of both the most excellent Seabiscuit and the predictably mediocre The Cradle of Life, among other surprises that are hopefully at least somewhat surprising.

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