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Shvoong Home>Books>Children & Youth>Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody Review

Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody

Book Review   by:BhavyaJeena     Original Author: Michael Gerber
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Barry Trotter is the first book to parody J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series.  This parody is (as the title suggests) shameless.  Yet, it does have its merits. For one, it takes the same formulaic, predictable characters and makes them individually obscene.  Ron has become Lon Measely whose inept quiddit skills have led to an irreversable brain injury. Lon has the mental processing skills of a four year old. Hermione is called Ermine - she has an insatiable appetite for sexual antics yet remains a bossy-know-it-all who lectures at the St Hilary's Academy for the Marginally Magical. Barry is a washed out failure who chooses to stay on at Hogwash to enjoy romps with muddle girls in the forest. The quest in this shameless parody is quite simple.  There are too many muddles camped on the lawns of Hogwash. The success of J.G Rollins' series on Barry has led to a mass movement to see the boy-wizard in the flesh. Bumblemore is furious, but instead of telling Barry to pack his bags, Bumblemore sends Barry off to stop the latest addition to the Barry phenomenon: The Barry Trotter Movie.
Ermine takes a couple of vacation days from her job and the trio are on their way to J.G's Scottish mansion that has a magical charm on it to look like a caribbean estate. Alas, no J.G there. Only her idiot boyfriend who dresses like Lord Valumart to scare off the fans. Ermine quickly seduces him and the trio are on their way to New York via a magic shark. The plan is to infiltrate fantastic books where J.G is being held captive in a cell, chained to an electrocuting floor that forces her to write more more more Barry Trotter volumes. Ferd and Jorge join the team and same nasty, down right weird things happen including an odd fortune teller and a flying burger patty used as the snitch in a rough quiddit game.
And, then as suddenly as the reader is enjoying all the name changes, puns and innuendos, the book cuts to reveal it was actually the movie the cast were stopping and then, whoops, another cut and the book is in fact Barry penning his memoirs on how he tried to stop a film about himself.  There is an apologetic letter from the author, Gerber, agreeing that he has made a mess of the ending but to hell with it, whatever, its the end.
The book was enjoyable. After 10years, it is time the Harry Potter books lost their preciousness, their 'untouchable' sacred quality. There are so many ways Harry can be parodied. Gerber should have really taken the concept further and not sold himself short by creating one-dimensional characters that make one appearance for a one-off joke about their name. An example is McGoogle - a ripp off of McGonagal.  Let us hope that the second Barry Trotter will do just that.

Published: August 02, 2008   
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