In Which the Student Becomes the Master

In some downtime yesterday, the Spawn and I were discussing the various provinces of geeky fandom, and the conversation eventually degenerated to a consideration of Harry Potter fan fiction. In particular, she told me, there are quite a few stories by/about young women (and I suppose the occasional young man) in which a thinly disguised but idealized version of the author (what we sometimes call a Mary Sue) matriculates at Hogwarts to redeem Voldemort through the power of her goodness and love. This sometimes involves time travel.

“I like a romantic fan fiction as much as the next person,” the Spawn said, “but it’s pretty creepy to think that there are all these girls out there with a thing for Snake-Face Hitler.”

“You know,” I said, “‘Snake-Face Hitler’ would be a cool name for a band.”

There was a pause. Then the Spawn said, “Yeah, but ‘Snake-Face Hitler and the British Schoolgirls’ is even cooler.”

Have I mentioned lately how proud I am of my daughter?


About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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