James Bow. Transit Toronto Editor. Blogger. Yonge Street dream-dasher. Fantasy novel writer. Anti–Harry Potter activist.
In what may be the best indie literary publicity stunt in some time, Bow will stage a half-serious one-man picket beside the midnight line-up of Potter fans waiting outside Another Story Bookshop (315 Roncesvalles Avenue) this Friday night. The fans, of course, will be there to get their hands on a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final edition of the J.K. Rowling-authored book series. Bow’s protest (done with the support of the venue, of course) is fantastic: at midnight, he will don his “wizarding hat” (!!!) and hold a placard reading “will write for food” beside the lineup. At 1 a.m., he will leave for the night—wizardry is kind of exhausting—and return at noon the following day to “read from other novels and sign his own.”
To coincide with Bow’s protest, fellow authors James McCann and kc dyer are also launching novels “in defiance of the Potter juggernaut” at the Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival in Stanley Park in Vancouver.
Now, we don’t want to spoil Deathly Hallows, but we heard that at its end, Harry and Hermione and Ron spontaneously combust/wake up and realize it was all just a craaaazzzy dream/are the same person. Who knew, right? The very last page of the book also supposedly features a very neat hologram of J.K. Rowling jumping in a big pile of money. And now you know what Bow is fighting.
Photo of James Bow with his wizarding hat graciously provided by the author.