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Fans are creating their own sequels to Harry Potter
August 25, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
There seems to be a lot of creativity born out of frustration with the ending of a favorite book, movie or TV show.
There's FanFiction.net, haunted by thousands of teenage and college-age creative writers and, over at the Web site Deviant Art.com, their artistic equivalents have created thousands of drawings that are takeoffs on the epilogue of the last Harry Potter novel. Having seen the movie not long ago (and being incapable of drawing more than a squiggly line), I was drawn there by curiosity about what young artists made of the lives of Harry Potter's offspring.
My favorite fan drawing on the site shows young Rose, Albus and Scorpius, the three children who headed off to Hogwarts in the epilogue, as friends as well as rivals. Ron and Hermione's little girl, red-headed rebel Rose, is (oh, the scandal! Every Weasley is supposed to be in Gryffindor!) wearing the robes of a brainy Ravenclaw. Rose is having an obvious fit over her score on a test, which appears to be lower than the one gotten by Draco Malfoy's son, Scorpius. Scorpius, who is a Slytherin like his dad (of course) has his nose in the air and a teasing, snotty expression on his face that is driving Rose wild. To Scorpius's right is a disgusted looking Albus Severus Potter, the son of our hero Harry. Albus is clearly sick of the squabbling between his cousin Rose and Scorpius. Albus is also (the biggest scandal of all) a SLYTHERIN instead of a Gryffindor like Harry.
Somehow the artist manages to convey that Rose, Albus and Scorpius are all the best of friends and have a relationship not unlike the one of Harry, Ron and Hermione in the books and movies.
Judging by the drawings and a sampling of the fan fics, fans have come up with a couple of warring versions of the next generation at Hogwarts. In one version, Albus falls in love with Scorpius, the son of Harry's enemy, Draco, and they have a blissful romance. In the other versions, it's Rose who falls for Draco's Slytherin son.
Either way, most of the artists seem to agree it wouldn't be much fun if everything went as expected.
I'm sympathetic to the urge since I've created alternate endings in my head for plenty of shows that didn't end in a way that satisfied me. What possessed Joss Whedon to kill off half the cast of his vampire TV show "Angel" back in the 1990s? The TV show "NYPD Blue" shot itself in the foot when it had Detective Bobby Simone die an agonizing death due to an infection in his heart. Neither of these events happened in the TV universe according to Andrea. In my version, the last two seasons of "The X-Files" also do not exist and the film series "Aliens" ended with the second movie, the last good one in the series.
Rowling may have told her audience what happened to Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco but she's left it up to her fans what happens to their children. This way there can be as many endings as there are fans.
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