pillsy (pillsy) wrote,

"Harry Potter and the Naming of Crossovers"

One thing that I noticed after watching the latest HP movie is that the naming convention used in most of the books (2-5) is perfectly suited to generating an endless and hilarious array of really stupid ideas for fan-fiction crossovers. These books all have names like "Harry Potter and the Foo of (the) Bar", and there are any number of wonderfully inappropriate stories that have names like "The Foo of the Bar". To wit:

"Harry Potter and the Dawn of the Dead"

"Harry Potter and the Mountains of Madness"

"Harry Potter and the Claw of the Conciliator"

"Harry Potter and the Crying of Lot 49"

"Harry Potter and the Silence of the Lambs"

"Harry Potter and the Passion of the Christ"

The title of the first book, which is like "Harry Potter and the Baz's Quux", is less inspiring; the only two I was able to come up with were:

"Harry Potter and the President's Analyst"

"Harry Potter and the French Lieutenant's Woman".

Fortunately, the latest title, while diverging from both conventions, doesn't generalize in any particularly satisfying way. Sure, I can see that "Harry Potter and the Boondock Saints" is an acceptable variation on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", but it just isn't compelling in the same way.
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