Now, any of you regular readers of my blog will know that I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Some of you also might know that an unofficial fan series has been published (with J.K. Rowling’s consent). This series chronicles the adventures of James Sirius Potter, Harry and Ginny’s eldest son and is meant to be very good- that’s as much as I know, having only found out about the series’ existence yesterday.
This presents me with a dilemma. I don’t know what to do. Part of me wants to read the series, part of me (the dominant part) is shrieking with rage and cursing the fool who took Potter into his own hands. I don’t want someone who is not J.K. Rowling having a say in things! It’s her world, her creation and I’m outraged that someone would dare try and carry it on. It’s like blasphemy (Harry Potter is actually my religion on Facebook).
For: I’m very curious as to see if this series is actually any good. Who knows, I might end up really enjoying this series! It would be wonderful to revisit Hogwarts and even if the series is rubbish, at least I’ll know for sure. You’ve got to read a book before you judge it! Plus, although Rowling has approved the series, it remains unofficial- not like when Amis, Wood, Gardener etc. continued Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Somehow, that makes it better. It’s not like someone else is having a say over the official Harry Potter series or changing what’s already been done. It’s just like fan fiction, which (though a lot of it is terrible) has never really hurt anyone.
Against: It’s blasphemy. It’s theft of Rowling’s intellectual property. It’s an attempt to continue a series that was finished so nicely. It’s like someone is trying to take over Hogwarts. It’s leeching off of someone else’s genius! I’m not keen on that. And what if Rowling herself was planning to release some James Potter stories? Talk about treading on her toes. Although, as it’s not official there wouldn’t really be many issues with this. I just really don’t like the idea of someone taking the Potter series into their own hands and carrying it on. They can’t possible know the magical world as well as J.K. Rowling and since Harry Potter is her creation, we should accept her decision to leave the series at Kings’ Cross Station on the first of September.
What do YOU think I should do? Help me out!