Renowned British comic book author Alan Moore looks set to ruffle some magical feathers with his latest comic “The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009” which features an Antichrist figure who bears an uncanny resemblance to the much-loved Harry Potter. Moore is one of the world’s most respected and revered comic writers, many of his books have been adapted into Hollywood blockbusters including The Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell.
Moore’s new book is being closely guarded before publication, however one copy was given to Laura Sneddon a comics journalist and academic for review – and this is where the information about the Harry Potter-esque Antichrist has come from!
This is what the Independent had to say about the similarities between Century 2009’s Antichrist and the hugely popular, spectacled young wizard:
“Though the words “Harry Potter” are never mentioned, the allusions are unmistakable. One section features a magical train hidden between platforms at King’s Cross station which leads to a magical school. The Antichrist character has a hidden scar and a mentor named Riddle. (Lord Voldemort, born Tom Riddle, is Harry Potter’s arch enemy in the Potter series.) Characters resembling both Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger also appear and, at one point, the Potter character kills someone with a lightning bolt from his flaccid penis.”
Hmmmm, it isn’t particularly difficult to make the connection!!
Sneddon believes that Moore chose to depict the character of Harry Potter in his new comic so as to pass comment on what he believes to be the degradation of the publishing industry.
Sneddon said: “As the publishing industry takes fewer risks, originality is visibly dwindling, while major franchises and celebrity biographies are relentlessly pushed upon us… Moore is always keen to point out that the League books are satire and that he has respect for all characters that he uses and hints at, expressing hope that people will look beyond the Harry Potter connection to appreciate the whole.”
JK Rowling and the publishers of the Harry Potter novels – Bloomsbury have yet to make a comment regarding the allusions to the protagonist in Moore’s new book. However, Moore shouldn’t be overly surprised if a lawsuit is brought against him…Rowling has sued several times over copyright infringements in the past and I don’t think Warner Brothers take too kindly to this kind of thing either.
Hopefully though, the rulers of the Potter dynasty will see this for what it is – a little bit of harmless parody and satire and let Moore’s book be. When you create an iconic character that reaches the dizzy heights of fame that Potter has – you have to expect this kind of thing. Can you imagine if the creators of Superman, Spiderman or Batman sued every time that character was alluded to or referenced in other publications?