Monday, 1 October 2012
Mini Review: Harry Potter, The Prequel by J. K. Rowling
I was so excited when I saw this on Goodreads. I think a Harry Potter prequel focusing on the adventures of the previous generation when they were at Hogwarts would be amazeballs. Sadly, that's not what this is. This is a brief scene that could take place if such a prequel were to exist. It follows James and Sirius as they speed around on their magical motorbike and taunt Muggle police. I think their cheekiness is supposed to be charming, but they came off a bit beastly, if you ask me. I'm inclined to agree with Snape's impression of the boys as buttheads. It doesn't help that there's absolutely no context for this scene - we have no idea why they're doing what they're doing, or why we should care (other than the fact they're Harry's father and godfather, of course). If an actual prequel is ever written, I do hope it focuses on Lily or Snape's perspective. J.K. Rowling, forget the adult stuff, we want moar magic!*
*I haven't actually read The Casual Vacancy yet. But based on the summary I don't know that I'd bother if it wasn't J.K. Rowling. I'm just curious - like many others I'm sure - to see what her work is like outside of the Potter-verse.