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Harry Potter

Dare I? The Crossover That Must Not Be Written!

Posted on 2006.08.17 at 19:44
So... Harry Potter.

Really falls in the well-known genre of high-school comedy/drama, right?

Now, when I was a younger man, there was another High-School Comedy, with dramatic overtones, that I hated to admit I was thoroughly hooked on. Primarily because a couple of the leads were really hot, although I hasten to add that both, when they'd suck it up and do the work, were quite good actresses.

Now, timelines would have to be thrown out the window, of course, to make this series from the early '80s cross over with Harry and his pals.

And, other than that hoary old chestnut, "The American Exchange Students," it's hard to imagine how to make a plot that would cover both.

But there's something about the concept of the rich, snobbish, snotty, but essentially good-hearted Hot Girl putting Draco Malfoy in his place that makes me intrigued.

If this post was meaningless to you, count yourself lucky.

If you understood it... Be ashamed. Be very ashamed.


magnolialane at 2006-08-18 00:03 (UTC) (Link)
I am so ashamed.

Me thinks Blair could do the job. And don't get me started on Tootie. Sad to say, but I had the sheet music to the theme song of this show and played it on the piano. Along with MASH and Archie Bunker.

*skips off whisling theme song*
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-18 00:19 (UTC) (Link)
And you know, I can totally see Jo and Ron hitting it off.

Natalie and Dumbledore would be the greatest pals in the world.

And that theme song. I have a deep-seated problem with the logic there. I mean, yes, absolutely, if you hear 'em from your brother, you better clear 'em with your mother. Especially if you're Ron, 'cause God knows what Fred'n'George told him! And, yes, he had indeed better get 'em right. But how can it possibly help get more accurate information if you call her late at night?!? She'll be sleepy and irritable!
harry_lvr at 2006-08-18 01:01 (UTC) (Link)

explanation? (btw, there's no need to be ashamed. We all have bad fanfic fetishes. For example: I went through a stage of Marauder time-travel fics, although 99% of them get abandoned...*shakes head wistfully*)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-18 01:10 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no, believe me, it's not a fanfic fetish, and theres every reason to be ashamed.

The title mocks the logo of a disrespected American TV Sitcom I don't want to name just yet, from the early 1980s.

I'm not saying it was bad -- it frequently, in its third, fourth and fifth years, was very good -- but I am saying it was a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes, the sitcom that unleashed Gary Coleman on an unwilling world.

You can't possibly have seen it, so even if I named names, it would remain incomprehensible.
oncelikeshari at 2006-08-18 08:26 (UTC) (Link)
*Stares blankly at computer screen*

I think this exposes my Englishness Leviathan.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-18 09:37 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm afraid this is one only a certain sub-set of my american friends will get.

The whole gag is just teh notion of crossing over Harry Potter with a particularly disrespected American TV Sitcom, about a group of girls in a posh American "Private School" -- you lot, I think, would say "Public School" -- called "Eastland." (The school, not the programme.) The thing is that there are character interactions there that would really be a hoot.

So those Americans who recognize the font and layout are simultaneously cringing with shame, and whistfully imagining rich, snooty, very lovely Blair Warner telling Draco Malfoy, "Oh, please. My father could buy your father out of petty cash, and still have enough left to by me another car!"
mrsquizzical at 2006-08-18 09:12 (UTC) (Link)
clueless, but not embarassed....

to be honest, i'm not a big fan of the 'crossover' concept. it works as a joke, but i've never gotten how it could be anything but......
but then i'm a bit obtuse.....
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-18 09:44 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love crossovers. This one? Definitely a joke. Definitely.

But there are characters who will never meet who would be so entertaining together that you ache to see them. Or, well, I do.

Detective Lenny Briscoe, from Law and Order being sent to teh Brownstone to interview Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Frank McPike, the hero's caustically sarcastic boss from the American crime series Wiseguy having to be Fox Mulder's supervisor in The X-Files.

So when I see someone's written a crossove between the Potterverse and The West Wing, I have to go take a look. And when I did, I found this, and tell me it isn't dandy fun:

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-09-01 20:01 (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen the X-Men movies, or read the comics?


That, my friend, is a magnificent example of how a crossover can be much more than a joke.
amythis at 2006-08-18 14:14 (UTC) (Link)
"In tonight's Very Special Episode, Mrs. Garrett uses humor and earthy wisdom to guide Ginny away from her obsession with the diary of a much older and very evil man."
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-18 14:23 (UTC) (Link)
OMG, yes, Mrs. Garrett! Right, then, Seventh-year fic, Edna Garrett's the new Potions Mistress, and head of Gryffindor, so she can sit a reluctantly-returned Harry down to talk to him about the importance of sharing his feelings, and not shutting out his friends...

Oh, God, I'm frightening me...
xedra at 2006-08-29 00:08 (UTC) (Link)
Well, being an Amercian girl that grew up druing the 80's, I certainly know which show you mean - my older sis and I loved it and never missed an episode! Ashamed? Pshaw!

A roller skating Tootie through the halls of Hogwarts.
With Jo's attitude, I think she'd be great at Quidditch and intimidate the hell outta Draco and his goons - or Crabbe and Goyle may go for her, actually, much to her great annoyance!
I wonder how Blair and Lavendar, both snobbish blondes, would size each other up?

rich, snooty, very lovely Blair Warner telling Draco Malfoy, "Oh, please. My father could buy your father out of petty cash, and still have enough left to by me another car!"

Oh, that's brilliant! A crossover like this would be a HOOT! :D

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-29 00:15 (UTC) (Link)
I do keep toying with the concept. God help us all, it could happen. I will, however, have to figure out how to cross the lyrics of the opening theme with those of the MST3K theme:

If you're wondering how the timelines fit
The Warners to the Blacks
Remember it's just a cross-over fic
You should really just relax...
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