Ever since I finished my reread of the Percy Jackson books, I’ve been thinking about the way modern fantasy writers pull World War II into their magical settings. There’s an ongoing cultural fascination with this particular war, possibly because it’s the last major world conflict that we can paint as having obvious good and bad guys, but the way it’s utilized in fiction doesn’t always work or make sense.
Writers like to add some sort of magical twist into the real historical war, whether it’s giving hitherto unknown powers to actual historical figures, or running a parallel magical conflict alongside the non-magical one. Some of them do so in a meaningful way that does justice to the actual history they’re using; others, not as much.
Ah, Magical Mondays, you and I are going to get really friendly.
For those who don’t know, I started my geek-writing career at Mugglenet, where I wrote bits on Harry Potter. I stopped right after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out, so there are still countless arguments I have yet to make. I plan on making them here.
For starters, I would like to talk about the duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. This is a topic that rarely is discussed, and I’m not sure why. Harry Potter spoilers after the jump.