Harry Potter and the recall election

  August 11, 2003 at 3:05 PM ET
  grae     Wizard News (via National Review)

First we had Voldemort running for governor of California in Jonathan Rosenberg's Goats comic strip - and now it's Harry's turn. In her political parodyopens in new window of what might happen in the next book, Allison Hayward of the National Review places Harry in the middle of the California recall election.

These chapters open with Harry fiercely arguing with visitors that he did not file for governor. Even Harry's wise Hogwarts wizard, Dumbledore, cannot believe that interlopers could file Harry for governor, as such manipulation of a respected Muggle institution like the California secretary of state's office would require extraordinarily strong magic, and would be forbidden under ministry edict.

Draco Malfoy, Harry's nemesis at school, is the steward for Harry's teacher's union. Malfoy and his henchmen, as loyal Slytherins and devotees of Davis, make teaching life painful and difficult for Harry. Harry is forced to take a stress-induced leave-of-absence. He spends his days consuming meat pies and butterbeer at Tres Broomsticks Café and Winebar, and corresponding with Sirius, who alone understands the dark power behind his candidacy. Meanwhile, Lord Voldemort, in the form of Pat Caddell, predicts on FoxNews the recall of Governor Davis and his replacement by none other than Harry Potter.

Of course, anyone who has read Order of the Phoenix will notice that a certain character has risen mysteriously from the dead...


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