Though the last Harry Potter book was published almost ten years ago, its fandom has never died. It might have waned a little, but recently, with a play and another movie coming up, it’s come roaring back. And true to form, that means more creative fanworks from fandom. One such fanwork is an ingenious new webcomic called Finite Incantatem.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has no doubt captured the imaginations of thousands upon thousands of fans. Who doesn’t want to go there? It’s got moving staircases, doors that won’t open unless you tickle them, dangerous death traps giant three-headed dogs, and talking pictures.
As someone who really loves drawing and occasionally painting, the idea of a world where pictures could talk and move really appealed to me. After all, it left so many questions. Do pictures drawn by wizards and witches automatically move, or is there a certain spell or series of spells they must undergo first? If it’s the former, when do they start moving? Is it when the picture’s done, or during the drawing process (which would make drawing really hard)?
Regardless of how it happens, looking back, I found that the whole concept of the talking Hogwarts portraits was rich with themes for potential abuse.