NaNoWriMo 2010: Harry Potter Destroyed My Town

Here is the third NaNoWriMo story:

13-year-old Daniel Dickens, who lives in the city of Nander Castle, Nevada, describes his town’s obsession with Harry Potter Potter. When a high-profile Harry Potter fan disappears from his home, Daniel must deal with his inner conflicts as well as a town that must kick its obsession with the boy wizard to the curb.

When I first started writing the story, I had just about had it with Harry Potter being everywhere. Since most people couldn’t get enough of him, I decided to write a story about what happens when you get too much of what should be a terrible thing.

The title of the story was called “Harry Potter Sucks” but I changed it to “Harry Potter Destroyed My Town” because the first title didn’t seem realistic. Also out of curiosity, I had read various blog posts on people who claim that reading Harry Potter ruined their life. This made me wonder if I could get away with writing a story about a boy who doesn’t like Harry Potter and successfully avoided the temptation to read the Harry Potter books and a time where most children were required to read the Harry Potter books.

The main character spends the entire first chapter of the story describing what happened when the Harry Potter fad hit his town and how everyone in town decided to pretend to be in the Harry Potter World. They had built a crude version of Hogwarts and the Wizarding villages in an unused field outside the city and charged an insane amount of money for tourists to come to the town. The main character is sure everyone in the town is crazy.

But when a notorious Harry Potter hater disappears from his home, the entire town is forced to wake up and realize that they had spent almost 10 years worshiping a fake wizard while their children are suffering because they haven’t read any other books except for Harry Potter. Because of this, the town is forced to destroy everything Harry Potter related and make children read the classics.

Unfortunately, most of the story didn’t make any sense, so I’m going to rewrite it. Look for it to come out on Smashwords next year.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another story.


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