Op-Ed: Harry Potter’s son arrives at Hogwarts! JK Rowling’s surprise

Posted Sep 2, 2015 by Paul Wallis
Well, where else but on Twitter would you hear about James S Potter’s first day at Hogwarts? Seems he was also sorted to Gryfindor, “to no-one’s surprise.” A reincarnation of one of the least boring media products of all time?
Daniel Radcliffe  Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
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Rowling’s sense of timing, and humor, are appropriately impeccable. Check out #BackToHogwarts for a not-very restrained bit of commentary from Harry’s grown up fans.
This news brings with it several new ball games for both Rowling and the fans. A new generation of Potter fans can perhaps look forward to one of their own taking over from Harry, but think of the issues with taking over from Hermione and to some extent from Ron.
In the imagination-less world of 2015, Harry’s contribution can’t be overstated. Stagnation is the name of the game in modern media. Getting away from tired old 1980s raps their grandparents danced to, even tireder 1990s celebrity culture and ridiculous remakes is a pretty legitimate aspiration for the tweens and under-tweens.
Have to ask — in a utilitarian, forgettable world like this one, why is Potter still so popular? I have to say that I really appreciated seeing a genuine Anglo culture movie series done so well, with care, character, and craft. I’ll always be grateful to Rowling for reinventing the art of the English storyteller, and doing it so well.
However, that’s just me — Potter is universally popular with kids and honest adults around the world. Search Harry Potter and you’ll get 135 million results. Something that’s not about a boring world full of homicidal maniacs, super rich criminals, and religious nuts can only be good.
If anyone wants to ask why an English single mum has more creative guts than the rest of the world combined, ask Hollywood, the world’s brain dead do-nothing publishers and the idiots who don’t promote indie books and new writers.
You can’t do Potter with a spreadsheet, morons. Watch and learn.