Skip to main content

Artist illustrates bot-written Harry Potter chapter

The Harry Potter book series has spawned some amazing spinoffs over the years. And while the likes of the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films and stage play The Cursed Child are a legitimate expansion of the series, a pastiche chapter written by a bot has tickled the internet's funny bones this week thanks to its peculiar turns of phrase that ape the style of the wizarding world's author, JK Rowling.

Created by Botnik Studios (opens in new tab), the short new chapter has been written with a predictive text keyboard that conjures up new sentences using an algorithm. The result is the bizarre but brilliant passage titled: Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash (opens in new tab). We urge you to take two minutes out of your day and read it - it beats fan fiction like My Immortal at any rate.

As if the title wasn't unusual enough - although it does feel strangely true to Rowling's writing style - the contents of the story itself are where things start to get really weird. Kicking off with the fantastically odd sentence "the castle grounds snarled with a wave of magically magnified wind", the text only gets more absurd as it goes along.

See more

Writing this ludicrous are just begging for some artistic interpretation, and thankfully comic artist Megan Nicole Dong (opens in new tab) has stepped up to the challenge. Her distinctive doodle style lends itself perfectly to the short story's zany passages, such as Ron showing off his bad shirt or Harry Potter throwing his freshly torn-out eyes into the forest.

Check out a selection of Dong's fantastic doodles below, and be sure to head over to her Twitter page where she's posting more illustrations based on the story. With pretty much every sentence giving us the giggles, we can't wait to see which part she draws next.

Which is worse, Ron or his Ron shirt?

Which is worse, Ron or his Ron shirt?

It wouldn't be a Harry Potter story without a trip to the Forbidden Forest

It wouldn't be a Harry Potter story without a trip to the Forbidden Forest

The password to the secret room is... this

The password to the secret room is... this

Expect to see lots of fan-made T-shirts with this written on them

Expect to see lots of fan-made T-shirts with this written on them

Related articles:

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.