harry potter

“Wizard freaks invade Reading University”

While this wasn’t actually the title of the article on Accio (UK Harry Potter academic conference) in today’s Grauniad, it might have well have been. The last time I saw this bad a hatchet job by a lazy journo, it was Channel 4’s infamous coverage of the 1995 Glasgow Worldcon with Craig Charles. Even now, the words “sci-fi” spoken in a Liverpudlian accent make me grind my teeth. The Grauniad article has quite a superior, sneering attitude; when it isn’t decrying papers as “pseudo-intellectual”, it’s describing the attendees as obsessive compulsives with unhealthy sexual fantasies. If anything, it’s the former… Read More »“Wizard freaks invade Reading University”