My Daughter's Harry Potter Story: Harry Saves the Day!

Disclaimer: These aren't my characters; they belong to J. K. Rowling, God bless her. This isn't my plot. My daughter wrote this. I'm only the typist. Inspired by a Harry Potter Legos set.

Typist's Note: Yesterday we went to Barnes & Noble to turn in my daughter's summer reading log and claim her free book. We were delighted to find out we'd serendipitously come during an activity: assembling a Legos Harry Potter set. After the kids finished putting together Harry and his potions lab, the saleswoman in charge of supervising the activity gave them pencils and index cards and directed them to write a story about Harry. The saleswoman then asked if we'd ever heard of "fanfiction." I didn't want to tell her that I'd been writing fanfic since she was in grade school, so we just smiled and said we were familiar with the concept. She told us that Fifty Shades of Grey had started out as Twilight fanfic. I told her that the Miles Vorkosigan books had started out with Miles' father as a Klingon admiral and his mother as a UFP Starfleet officer, which she hadn't known before, but promised to pass on to a co-worker who worked in the SF/F section. I promised my daughter we would put her story up on my account, as she is too young to get an account here yet, and maybe flesh it out a little, as the first draft had only three sentences. Here are the first two drafts. As time permits, I do hope to collaborate with her and expand on this a little. Maybe if I'd started writing down my fanfic ideas when I was her age (instead of just daydreaming them, but never transcribing them), I wouldn't still be writing PWP and Mary Sue stories at my age. As SF author Jefferson P. Swycaffer is fond of saying, your first million words are garbage. The trick is getting to the second million words.


Harry Potter Saves the Day!

(first draft, written at Barnes & Noble 6/21/2012)

by Susan M. M.'s daughter, who is too young for a account

One day Harry went to Potions class. A potion went wrong. A poison snake put one hundred kids under a spell, but Harry saved the day.

The End


Harry Potter Saves the Day!

(second draft, dictated to Mommy, 6/22/2012)

by Susan M. M.'s daughter, who is too young for a account

One day Harry went to Potions class. A potion went horribly wrong, and put a thousand kids under a poisonous spell. But Harry, he stayed in the laboratory and mixed red, yellow, orange, green, and blue potions and some spider silk to make a curing potion. It saved the day! And he conquered the poisonous snake and took his venom fangs and put them with his special letter in his secret compartment. Everyone was happy.

The End