Harry Potter & The Plague of Twitter: Why JK Rowling Should Leave Harry Alone – Wisecrack Edition


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JK Rowling has been regularly updating the Harry Potter lore; not through more books, not through movies, but through twitter. Fans voraciously consume extra-textual canon on works like Harry Potter, Star Wars and much more. But does this desire for an all-encompassing knowledge of how fictional worlds tell us something about our own anxieties? In this Wisecrack Edition, we’ll dive in to the works of philosopher Martin Heidegger to discover why people are so consumed by the desire to understand the nitty gritty details of fictional worlds, and to how it reflects an essential element of our humanity.

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Works Cited:
Bishop, Caroline. “Harry Potter and the Undead Author.” https://eidolon.pub/harry-potter-and-the-undead-author-6cb8cab76720
Critchley, Simon. “Being and Time, part 1: Why Heidegger matters.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2009/jun/05/heidegger-philosophy
Heidegger, Martin. “Being and Time.”
Heidegger, Martin. “The Question Concerning Technology.”
Rugnetta, Mike. “Canon Is An Abyss.” https://d.rip/mikerugnetta/posts/canon-is-an-abyss-2nnyn

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