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Old October 8 2012, 07:09 AM   #1
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Harry Potter - What would you like to see next?

Personally, I would like to see a prequel series about the wizards and witches who fought during World War II. Especially if Dumbledore was a member of a crack commando unit. Don't know why, but I just think it would be fun.

What would you like to see?
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Old October 8 2012, 07:18 AM   #2
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I wouldn't. Rowling's interfacing of the Muggle and wizarding worlds is already pretty uneven. I don't think there's a good way to execute that kind of story.
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Old October 8 2012, 09:09 AM   #3
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I don't think there's a good way to execute that kind of story.
Ummm, there have been a whole bunch of stories over the years where high fantasy and/or the supernatural elements have been effectively integrated into the WWII setting, and there's no reason whatsoever that the trappings of Rowling world of wizardry couldn't work just as well within that framework than, let's say, the supernatural aspects that were the focus of the first and third Indiana Jones films.

The notion of Dumbledore as a high ranking member of a secret branch of military intelligence, using magic to fight the Nazis sounds pretty darn entertaining to me.
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Old October 8 2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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During World War II Dumbledore was hanging around with Gindelwald plotting their overthrow of the Muggle society, until near the end of the war when Dumbledore rethought his life and turned on him.

He was uninterested in the Muggle war and stayed pretty much out of their way, it was covered in the last book.
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Old October 8 2012, 01:07 PM   #5
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It's that age old question... Why did Dumbledore let the Holocaust happen?

I'd love to see a Dumbledore prequel book/series.
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Old October 8 2012, 03:39 PM   #6
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During World War II Dumbledore was hanging around with Gindelwald plotting their overthrow of the Muggle society, until near the end of the war when Dumbledore rethought his life and turned on him.
Actually, I don't think that's quite right. I understood him to have hung around Gindelwald before the war. Maybe it's silent and I just inferred it, but I took there to essentially be a gap where Dumbledore had to decide whether to confront his friend. He finally did and defeated him, but I don't think Dumbledore was actively plotting the overthrow of Muggle society. He may have been indifferent to it, though.
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Old October 8 2012, 03:54 PM   #7
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I have yet to read "expanded universe" novels of any kind that match the original series so i'm strongly opposed to any expansion of the Harry Potter series save for Encylopaedias or such giving a bit more insight into the world and making up cool events and such.

But a full blown story can only disappoint and take away from the original. I have been badly burnt by the expanded Dune novels.. i love the originals by Herbert but the new novels are just pure crap compared to them.

I'd wish Rowling had the common sense to leave them alone.. the story is finished and all it may need is to fill in a few blanks if she so wishes.
I'd like for her to put this into her testament too.. forbidding anyone to write in the HP universe (can that be done legally?).
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Old October 8 2012, 04:05 PM   #8
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During World War II Dumbledore was hanging around with Gindelwald plotting their overthrow of the Muggle society, until near the end of the war when Dumbledore rethought his life and turned on him.
Actually, I don't think that's quite right. I understood him to have hung around Gindelwald before the war. Maybe it's silent and I just inferred it, but I took there to essentially be a gap where Dumbledore had to decide whether to confront his friend. He finally did and defeated him, but I don't think Dumbledore was actively plotting the overthrow of Muggle society. He may have been indifferent to it, though.
His defeat of Gindelwald was in 1945 so he was probably abroad pondering what to do in the years leading up to that.

And I thought the jist of his friendship with him, beyond the gay relationship retcon Rowling put in after the book, was their mutual quest to find the Deathly Hallows and assume some sort of control, which Albus did buy into for the first while?
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Old October 8 2012, 04:39 PM   #9
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Wasn't the implication that Grindlewald was working with the Nazis? He had a concentration camp in Europe in 1945, after all.

That would explain why the Wizarding World didn't intervene in World War Two. They were too afraid of Grindlewald and the Elder Wand.
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Old October 8 2012, 05:21 PM   #10
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Harry Potter - What would you like to see next?

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The notion of Dumbledore as a high ranking member of a secret branch of military intelligence, using magic to fight the Nazis sounds pretty darn entertaining to me.
Well, we all know how the Order of the Phoenix heroically put a stop to the Rwandan genocide... oh, wait, no, they didn't.

Guess Dumbledore doesn't care about black people.
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Old October 8 2012, 06:16 PM   #11
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There could be an interesting story there. It seems that Grindlewald got may have gotten in over his head with the Nazis.
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Old October 8 2012, 06:45 PM   #12
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And I thought the jist of his friendship with him, beyond the gay relationship retcon Rowling put in after the book, was their mutual quest to find the Deathly Hallows and assume some sort of control, which Albus did buy into for the first while?
That wasn't a retcon, Dumbledore being gay is implied in the book, many readers picked it up before Rowling said a single word, that's the reason she was asked about it in the first place.
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Old October 8 2012, 07:19 PM   #13
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Harry Potter - What would you like to see next?

Haven't we all suffered enough?


Maybe this isnt the Potter style, but I would enjoy an ongoing fantasy series with more of a multicultural scope. What are witches like in China, Africa, New Orleans, Salem?

And tackling grownup issues like, if there are magic users in the world, why don't they stop evil, seems fine to me. The obvious answer is that not all magic users are good, but deciding that, say, Volidmort worked for Hitler, might be too disturbing for a kids' story, so it would have to be pitched more at grownups.

The series I'm describing here probably already exists, doesnt it?
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Old October 8 2012, 07:25 PM   #14
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The notion of Dumbledore as a high ranking member of a secret branch of military intelligence, using magic to fight the Nazis sounds pretty darn entertaining to me.
Well, we all know how the Order of the Phoenix heroically put a stop to the Rwandan genocide... oh, wait, no, they didn't.

Guess Dumbledore doesn't care about black people.
A Watchmen-esque deconstruction would do a lot in breaking down the rather skewed idea of morality in Rowling's cardboard world.
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Old October 8 2012, 07:48 PM   #15
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Simple Wizards have a Prime Directive like policy of not getting involved with muggle affairs.
If they did they would end up ruling us.
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