Harry potter and the Witty
Journalists

Greg Horgan
writes

For every copy of “Harry Potter and the
half-blood prince” sold, there is a journalist desperate to write an article on
it. Not because they have read the book and wish to do a review, and definitely
not because they want to criticise the author, J. K. Rowling – doing so would
have other writers declaring that they are jealous of her success. No, the
reason for the glut of articles is that every writer wants play around with the
book’s title and come up with something wittier than the last (this was my only
motivation). In fact some journalists rename the book every time they mention
it.

From the one article
comes “Harry Potter and the Triumph of Hype”, Harry Potter and The Thingamying Whatchacallit?” and “Harry
Potter and the Oxblood Doc Marten”. Furthermore, we know the Pope doesn’t
approve of the book from this headline,
Harry Potter and the Vatican enforcer”. And for all those who love fads here
is “Barry Potter and
the Sudoku Code”. There are more out there and you don’t have to look very hard.

So impressed have I been by the number of
witty articles on the Harry Potter phenomenon that I decided to write one
myself. However when I compared it to this, “The
publicity has been given a shot in the arm by the Pope, who, it turns out,
condemned the Harry Potter books when he was a cardinal. “You never know where
these things are going to lead,” said the former Hitler Youth member.” I
realised I was struggling.

To read “Harry Potter and the half-arsed
article” click here…

http://www.henrythornton.com/article.asp?article_id=3468

Peter Fray

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