Canberras own leading Potter nerd

johnboy 4 February 2007 44

The Canberra Times yesterday gave an enourmous splash (whoa! no para breaks CT guys? Let me know if you want someone to put stories online for you, my rates are very reasonable) to young Andy McCray, 17, of Theodore, who is studying at St Edmunds and runs the Harry Potter Fan Zone which the publishers like so much they send him around the world on Potter related junkets.

(Hey let’s even give his link code a go while we’re here whee!)

Now personally I’ve never been a huge fan of Narnia neutered of spirituality Harry Potter. I mean yippee if it gets the kids reading and they can move onto the books JK Rowling so egregiously recycles, but other than that it’s never grabbed me.

But is Harry Potter really so enthralling that it’s healthy for a 17 year old boy to be spending this much time on it? Or am I just jealous?

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44 Responses to Canberras own leading Potter nerd
Maelinar Maelinar 8:54 am 06 Feb 07

Or the next book in the series, HP and the After Grog Bog, the account of when Voldemorte replaces the water in the mystical fountain with an alcoholic alternative.

The entire school goes into party mode, and naughty polaroids are later circulated about Heremonie G and a certain Black Arts teacher. The redhead git ‘comes out’ at the party, to be spurned by HP, later turning to a life of despair and wearing black. Hints are made at sitting alone contemplating life at the top of water towers with a loaded wand.

I’ll leave the rest for Rowlings to complete.

Thumper Thumper 8:11 am 06 Feb 07

Actually, I can’t wait to read ‘Harry Potter and the Bong of Doom’

Thumper Thumper 8:09 am 06 Feb 07

I’ve heard the next book is going to be called ‘Harry Potter and the Bong of Doom’

In which Harry and his mates come across a magical bong that mystically lights itself whenever ‘He who cannot be mentioned’ turns up, and in this way Harry, the red headed git and Hermoine save the world, yet again, by getting wasted and therefore not worrying about the evil around them, thus giving the evil nothing feed on.

And then they get picked up by a Vogon ship that happens to be flying through a strange wardrobe in a frozen land inhabited by funny little creatures with big hairy feet and funny ears…

Or maybe not….

schmerica_ schmerica_ 4:10 pm 05 Feb 07

Nope, didn’t mean you JB… Unless I’ve misinterpreted this site completely and it’s aimed at young children.

PigDog PigDog 2:10 pm 05 Feb 07

Maelinar, good point. Freudian slip?

bighead bighead 11:15 am 05 Feb 07

bah, used the wrong bloody italics thing….Im so used to using [], damn thing.

bighead bighead 11:13 am 05 Feb 07


You are right, he isn’t normal. He should be masturbating, like all over 17 year old boys. Ah, the memories.

Comment by PigDog — 5 February, 2007 @ 9:21 am

Pool Room Quote?

West_Kambah_4eva West_Kambah_4eva 11:12 am 05 Feb 07

Kippers for breakfast, Aunt Helga? Is it St. Swithin’s Day already?

Thumper Thumper 10:32 am 05 Feb 07

Or ‘Biggles and the Goblet of Fire’

I say Algy old chap, hows about we take the old Sopwith camel and leave Blighty in search of the Goblet?’

‘Tally Ho, chip chip Biggles.’

‘that’s the spirit old chum, cherrio.’

Later at the airfield. Biggles is ready to take off…

‘I say old chum, ready to go?’

‘Of course dear fellow’

‘Chocks away!’

‘Oh, is he? Well when he gets back can you tell him to move those things in front of the wheels.’

Maelinar Maelinar 10:31 am 05 Feb 07

PigDog, I hope you intended to spell other, rather than over in your latter post.

One = dumbass, the other = Paedophile and go straight to hell.

Thumper Thumper 10:29 am 05 Feb 07


Now that is a serious worry….

terubo terubo 10:26 am 05 Feb 07

Bring back Billy Bunter.

In drag.

Kerces Kerces 10:05 am 05 Feb 07

like an ‘I love Hermione Granger’ site? Fanfic anyone?

Thumper, I read an article a while back about a Harry Potter fan fiction convention in America. Attended mostly by middle-aged women who wrote a lot of stories which interestingly heavily featured Harry and Ron and not very much of Hermione.

snahon snahon 9:58 am 05 Feb 07

Just think of all the harry potter chicks he can pick up with his success and all those hyminies he gets to pop.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 9:46 am 05 Feb 07

harry potter is ok…. yeah a little strange for a 17 year old to be obsessed but who really cares.. a bit concerning what those crazy christians and religious types say about it all thoug.. when what they believe is a far more dangerous fairy tale..

West_Kambah_4eva West_Kambah_4eva 9:36 am 05 Feb 07

Simto – you’re right. Reminds me of an Onion point-counterpoitn article that had a stats obsessed D&D nerd going on about every characteristic of different elves and goblins, then a jock mocking him for being a nerd, and then going on in detail about some quarterbacks yard throwage for the steelers in 1967. I think the message is: Never try.

simto simto 9:33 am 05 Feb 07

I do like the fact that we’re ludicrously inflating the Canberra Time’s attempt at making a non-local story (the announcement of the publishing date of HP7) a local story (ooh look, one of their fanboys lives here!).

PigDog PigDog 9:21 am 05 Feb 07

You are right, he isn’t normal. He should be masturbating, like all over 17 year old boys. Ah, the memories.

Thumper Thumper 8:31 am 05 Feb 07

I play the music of dead men. Does that make me not normal?

Thumper Thumper 8:30 am 05 Feb 07

Indeed, I was going to say the same thing.

Good versus bad, etc etc etc…

Narnia versus Lord of the Rings versus HP. CS Lewis versus JK Rowlings versus Tolkien.

Who frigging cares. All good stories in their own write. All a worthy read.

Narnia, good little story, fun to read, forget the Christian overtones if you wish.

Lord of the Rings, huge tome, good story, if not a little ponderous, and you can forget Tolkien’s Christian undertones if you wish.

Harold Potter, good stories, fun to read, and you can forget about any semblance of originality as it draws heavily upon the above two with a smattering of the Arthurian legends.

Still a great read though.

And I still think it is a little weird to devote your life to a fictional boy character. Then again, maybe he has some outside influences and interests as well, (like an ‘I love Hermione Granger’ site? Fanfic anyone?)

Ah well, whatever. Hope he can rip off, I mean, ride the bandwagon for as much and as long as possible.

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