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Meet Harry Potter, Your Newest Antichrist

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Meet Harry Potter, Your Newest Antichrist

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Due to copyright law, Alan Moore would never be so bold to specifically name The Boy Who Lived as the Biblical entity destined to destroy the world. But a wizarding school only accessible through a station at Kings Cross? A villain named Tom, whose last name is “a conundrum”? It’s all there to be parsed by comics fans and Potter partisans. According to the Independent, Potter is supposedly named as the Antichrist that the League have been waiting to fight for their whole lives in the newest installment of Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic series, Century 2009. Reviewing the advance copy, Laura Sneddon paints a bleak portrait: “a magical school where there are flashbacks of psychotic adolescent rage and whimpering children pleading for their life,” and a Potter that’s “overgrown and high on anti-psychotics, raging at the education system that let him down.” So this isn’t the hero who found the Deathly Hallows, no, or even those fantastical fan reimaginings in which Harry teams up with Jon Snow and Robocop to fight Hitler, but a pointedly dark vision keeps in line with the allusion-collecting and reference-dropping universe of literary characters that Moore’s woven in the League comics. It might not win him any friends in Hollywood, but given how his filmic adaptations usually turn out, he probably won’t mind.

In a followup, the Independent writes that Potter author J.K. Rowling refused to comment on the comic. Moore, on the other hand, is presumably already lining up his interviews. The comic is due for release tomorrow.