Friday, July 22, 2011

Harry Potter refracted

From Brigham Young University's sketch comedy group, here's a kicky spoof of the hold the world of Hogwarts and environs has on the imaginations of the untold fans of the Harry Potter series:

I'm not one of those who braved the lines for the midnight showing, but my sister (who teaches 4th grade) is. She told me that some kids brought video devices and watched the previous movie during the long wait for the denouement to begin. She also was bemused by several of her pupils' assertions that the HP series constitutes a "classic" (they were doing a unit on literary classics and had to pick one). She steered them in other directions, but I suppose it's inevitable the series will eventually have the enduring impact that other literary classics have had—from the Aeneid to The Canterbury Tales to Huck Finn to for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. All of which and more we have in stock (as well as Michael Dirda's Classics for Pleasure to suggest even more hallowed paths to follow).

Did any of you see the finale? Did you feel bereft/longing for more/sated?  (Personally, I can't wait to see what goes on with the new interactive website JK Rowling is unveiling in October.) The website Letters of Note recently ran the following compassionate letter from Rowling to a young woman who had found succor in the Potter books during a painful period in her life.

You can read Sacia's original letter here.


  1. That video was HILARIOUS!!! Loved it!

  2. Wow! Both of those letters were very moving. Thank you so much for sharing!