We owe it to each other to tell stories - Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Harry Potter and the Psychic Serpent

I never knew that there would be such a backlash in works inspired by the Harry Potter Series, but that just shows how ignorant I have been about the series. Yesterday when going through my Harry Potter Fan-Fiction folder I found a trilogy with a prequel inspired by the Harry Potter Series, but with a different twist. It is a reader called Psychic Serpent that started writing these stories offering alternative plots to the 5th, 6th and 7th Harry Potter books.

As I am relatively behind in my reading, I cannot yet tell you what these stories are about, though I can add the summary offered by the author.

Harry Potter and the Psychic Serpent

Spoilers: The first four canon books.

Summary: In Harry’s fifth year he gets a snake with the Sight; Hermione’s torn between Ron and

Harry, who’s torn between her and Ginny, who’s torn between him and Draco Malfoy, who’s torn between her and loyalty to his father. Voldemort may be trying to recruit Harry now instead of killing him, and there are giants and house elves and a Duelling Club, oh my! Warning: sex, sexual tension, angst and tragedy.

Harry Potter and the Time of Good Intentions

Spoilers: The first four canon books plus Harry Potter and the Psychic Serpent.

Summary During his fifth year, Trelawney did a Tarot reading for Harry. She told him he would have to make a choice that could “change the world as we know it.” At the beginning of his sixth year, Harry chooses, and the world does change. Does it change for the better? If he wants, can Harry change it back? Or is giving Harry exactly what he wants Voldemort’s ultimate revenge?

Harry Potter and the Triangle Prophecy

Spoilers The first four canon books, the schoolbooks (Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch Through the

Ages) plus Harry Potter and the Psychic Serpent and Harry Potter and the Time of Good Intentions.

Summary: Harry’s seventh - and final- year of school. In a time of uncertainty, the Muggle world has found a source of comfort and stability. Only Harry suspects that it isn’t safe. Wizards are more concerned about themselves than Muggles since Voldemort’s return, but are only Muggles at risk? Will anyone listen to Harry? He must decide whether Draco Malfoy is ultimately friend or foe and discover the identity of the Daughter of War and get her help in defeating Voldemort; and finally, Harry must decide whether to make a sacrifice that will change him – and the wizarding world – forever.

So before anyone gets angry at the author thinking how cheeky it is to use already established characters and story lines, this is offered:

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

So let’s not judge a book by its seemingly plagiarised cover!

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