June 27th, 2005

Froud - bad faeries

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I'm a few chapters into my re-read of Order of the Phoenix, and have reached a part where Harry is bitching about the Daily Prophet painting him as "just some stupid boy who's a bit of a joke, who tells ridiculous tall stories because he loves being famous and wants to keep it going."

"I didn't ask--I didn't want--Voldemort killed my parents!" Harry spluttered. "I got famous because he murdered my family but couldn't kill me! Who wants to be famous for that? Don't they think I'd rather it'd never-"

("We know, Harry," Ginny interrupts.)

Now, I realize the wizarding world doesn't truck with Muggle stuff, but if they have newspapers, surely they have something resembling a blog? Really that's all Harry needs. He must be the only teenager in the world who could fail to think of it--and he does live among Muggles. (Though Rowling seems to be ignoring the fact of the web for her otherwise-modern Muggle world.) He'd get a million readers instantly. He'd have to turn the "comments" feature off and hide his email address; but he'd get the word out, no question. Or, if wizards honestly have nothing like the internet (they do seem to rely on ye olde owls for all correspondence), he could take some of his gold and start up a separate paper. Again, I think he'd get more than enough subscribers. Why haven't any of them thought of this, if getting the "Voldemort is back" message out is so important to them?

Kids these days. I tell ya.

P.S. I need a HP icon. Make me some. Nothing slashy or too sentimental or eponymous (by "eponymous" I mean, say, a photo of Harry that says "Harry" in fancy writing).