Nothing fuels satire like a blockbuster book or movie, and in the Harry Potter series, parodists of the world have both in excelsis totalis. Here are a few examples of the fun some twisted minds are having with Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of J.K. Rowling's stable of characters.
www.theblot.com: A Hollywood Reporter-style spoof imagining the worldwide havoc if Rowling let it out that her books were fictional: "This is so wrong," declared a sullen Timothy Coates of Baltimore, Md. "First my mom tells me there's no Santa Claus, now this?! What could be next?"
www.thebraintrust.co.uk: Among several whimsical reports on Pottermania is one quoting director Chris Columbus bemoaning the dearth of colorful anecdotes during
filming of the movies: "The special effects were all delivered on time ... the sets refused to collapse at a key moment, nearly injuring one of the stars, the whole shoot went like clockwork. It was a nightmare."
www.giverius.com: The Web site devoted to Giverius Navarroy and the Chamber of Surprises claims 1.5 million hits since it went up a little more than a year ago. Check out posters for "Star Wands," with Harry and the gang transported to a galaxy far, far away: Harry as Luke Snitchtaker, Hermione as Heia Ormana and Ron as Ron Solo.
-- Randy Lewis