I’ve had a look at the long list of words for killing things, but there doesn’t appear to be a word for the killing of childhood. Maybe it’s the killing of an ideal, or perhaps the burying of the past. Maybe there’s no word for it for an even darker reason.*

This post is prompted by this one, entitled “The Final Harry Potter – The Death of my Childhood”, which from my recent Facebook homepage and Twitter stream, seems to be a fairly common opinion.

I understand that people have been growing up with the stories of Harry Potter for a long while, the final publication of The Deathly Hallows bringing the first nail to the coffin housing childhood and the subsequent filming the final one. It’s the end of an era. I understand that.

My gripes with the Harry Potter franchise have existed since the earliest opportunities, and for a number of reason – firstly that Rowling gets her mythology wrong, secondly that the books aren’t particularly well written. I have been able to cope with them by seeing them as a gateway drug, of sorts.

Yes, they’re finished. You might choose to see that as the killing of your childhood. Accept it. People grow old, people grow up.

There’s plenty of good fantasy to suit your current adulthood – George RR Martin or Joe Abercrombie to name but two. And if you insist on reading adolescent fantasy, try something decent. I will always recommend Alan Garner.**

And for those still obsessed with the concept of childhoodicide, here is a song by Iron Maiden and here is a song by Marillion.


* Readers of this entry should be able to ascertain the veiled reason.

** There’s a video through that link. You should watch it..


Joke Rowling

I read in the Metro this morning, and in the Standard last night,* that yesterday J.K. Rowling was at the Victoria and Albert Museum to promote the creation of Pottermore.com.

I’m not going to lie, this idea does horrify my quite a lot.

While, I’ve never been a fan of hers, I have read four of the Potter books, and have promised my girlfriend to read the rest. Rowling’s disregard for mythology is something I will not go into now.

What concerns me is that half of the content for the new site already existed before she planned to create it. No matter what, any creative effort will lead to surplus, but that surplus is cut for inferiority.

I imagine the site’s target audience will flock to it, but I fear it will not be very good.

* Standard procedure, really.,

Joke Rowling