The Sunday Salon: Deconstructing Harry Potter


If you’ve been alive for the past few days, you may have noticed a fresh wave of Harry Potter mania, tinged (or rather halved) with nostalgia has hit the world with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on Friday. I went to a midnight showing because I love midnight crowds; it’s where con folk and normal people meet in the middle. We cheered, we cried, we were heartily confused by whatever Warner Brothers executive decided this was the audience for a Yogi Bear trailer. (And because of my deep love for Two Steps from Hell, I may or may have not sung along with the trailer music for The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Well, as much as you can, because rumor has it Two Steps from Hell doesn’t utilize any known language, but rather goes after what sounds epic.) My review is forthcoming, but, because of my current mania for fantasy deconstruction, I thought we’d take a look at three works that take Harry Potter and gleefully deconstruct it.
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Review: Mr. Toppit

Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton

The summer after I graduated from high school, I was lucky enough to go on a trip to Ireland and England–the former to finally visit my namesake county and the latter to soothe my raging Anglophilia. When I visited the British Library, I naturally wandered around with my mouth open, pen and notebook in hand, writing down book titles left and right. This is how I discovered Mr. Toppit; it was being sold in the British Library Shop. When I returned home, however, I discovered that Mr. Toppit wasn’t available Stateside for the foreseeable future. I put it down on my list and forgot about it, so when I joined NetGalley, I was utterly shocked to find it available for review. It’s been a bit of a long journey to Mr. Toppit, but I finally got my hands on it.

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Teaser Tuesday: Mr. Toppit

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

After a few drinks had loosened him up he would sometimes describe his wife as being a few pages short of the full script, but Eileen’s story, which he dismissed so casually, had somehow lodged itself deep inside Arthur. He could not help wondering if those pages had ever been there in the first place or if they had been slowly torn out, one by one, by Terry’s drinking and violence and casual infidelities.

pg. 172 of Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton.

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