Beware the Potterverse

July 9, 2014 | 1 book mentioned

In case you missed it: JK Rowling just released a new Harry Potter short story on her own promotional website. Before you get too excited: the New Republic is less than sanguine, calling it “a marketing scam.” (Code for: not very good writing?) Which is not going to keep me from reading it anyway. Readers with more restraint might note that “You don’t have to be a Barthesian grad student to chafe at Rowling’s impulse to clarify the words on the page.” (Pair with our discussion of fan fiction and the afterlife of literature.)

is an intern for The Millions. She's worked as a management consultant for various American and European companies and one African government. Her website is and she tweets @eliseliu.

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