Harry Potter and the something-something

The title of the sixth Harry Potter book — Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — has generated more news stories than you can shake a stick at, although the novel has yet to be written.

While we’re on the subject, last week Daniel Radosh reported on a “fractured yet oddly literary retelling” of the first Harry Potter film:

“Wizard People” isn’t a movie, exactly. It was conceived as an audiobook that tells the story — or rather, a story — of Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts Academy. Creator Brad Neely, 27, recorded narration to be played while watching the first Potter movie, 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” on mute…. “Wizard People” belongs to a small but growing movement — in the loosest, most accidental sense of the word — of what [one expert] calls “illegal art.” D.J. Dangermouse’s “Grey Album,” which reinvents Jay-Z’s “Black Album” through the filter of the Beatles’ “White Album,” is the most notorious example. “Art that appropriates other work is one of the few taboos that are left,” said McLaren.