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Is Lethal White a Re-Telling of Goblet of Fire? (Spoilers)
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Carly
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10/03/2018 - 9:47 pm

The strike books are a commentary on British society. 1st book deals with fame and notoriety, something that J.K. may have experienced as a newly famed author in her early career. 2nd book deals with the publishing industry and their petty jealousy. 3rd book a commentary on how quick people can turn their back on you, and this one on the aristocratic class and their clenching hold on their symbols of power and wealth (old money). The HP books while having a who-dun-it thread are not a deep commentary on general (non-magical) society other than to point out their inability or willingness to recognize magic. I like this book some of the stuff is very funny, I love the return of Charlotte (strike's Moriarty)... can t wait for the next book.

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09/30/2018 - 9:30 am

Really enjoyed this theory! I think JK is trying really hard to keep her Strike Series unique and different from the Harry Potter Series, so I doubt that this was intentional. I like the way your mind works, though 🙂

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09/23/2018 - 7:32 pm

Of course there are parallels but not a 'retelling'. Looking at it that way isn't really illuminating. This is her depiction of London which she drew from to create magical word in Harry Potter but no-I don't think exactly same. I love the details of the real world described here.

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09/23/2018 - 4:57 pm

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Spoilers below!

The Ministry of Sport (Della Winn/Ludo Bagman) clashes with the Ministry of Culture (Jasper Chiswell/Barty Crouch, Sr.). Chiswell/Crouch is served by his mindlessly faithful servant (Winky/Izzy) and murdered by his Death Eater son (Barty, Jr.,/Raphael Chiswell). The nemesis of the hero (Voldemort/Charlotte) re-appears for the first time since the opening book of the series (Stone/Cuckoo) and sets the stage for the conflicts of the coming books in the series.

Not to mention the Quidditch World Cup and Olympic Games backdrop, CORE and SPEW, the illegal 'bugging,' the romance focus, the Graveyard scene echoes, and the Big Save with a "great splintering" door at the finish.

How about the Death Penalty theme vis a vis the Dementor's Kiss and the Chiswell 'White Horse' gallows?

It seems Galbraith is re-writing the Hogwarts Saga, book by book, and Lethal White is his version of Goblet of Fire. For a much longer discussion, see http://www.hogwartsprofessor.c.....t-of-fire/ (be sure to read the comments of Louise Freeman and Evan Willis in the thread that follows the post).
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Intriguing but I don't think it's true. The rivalry between both ministries is a lovely parallelism, but as soon as part 2 we know that this is really not important to the plot. Also, it's not quite right sine Barty Crouch Sr. was a ministry official in the Ministry of International Magical Cooperation, which would have its UK equivalent in the Foreign Office.

If you wanted to drive that theory further, you could argue that a central theme of GoF is the enemy disguised as a friend, which is only somewhat true. We know that Raphael is no saint, so him turning out to be really nasty is only a surprise because he is protrayed through Robin's eyes who acts overly sympathetic because she is, ultimately, in a bad and vulnerable place. Then again, another central theme of GoF is missing, namely the press as an adversary, and the struggle with fame and all its gory aspects.

So while I don't think that the Strike series mirror the HP series, I do think, however, that Jo does take *some* fully developed characters that have not have their moment to shine in HP, and gives them their moment of glory.

Raphael and Ornella would be the prime example. Both are almost to the "T" copies of Blaise Zabini and his mother: both Raphael and Blaise are described as dark skinned and very attractive with an Italian background, both have mothers who are, ultimately, described as man-eaters who marry for money, and, by doing that, have acquired extraordinary wealth.

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09/22/2018 - 1:20 pm

Spoilers below!

The Ministry of Sport (Della Winn/Ludo Bagman) clashes with the Ministry of Culture (Jasper Chiswell/Barty Crouch, Sr.). Chiswell/Crouch is served by his mindlessly faithful servant (Winky/Izzy) and murdered by his Death Eater son (Barty, Jr.,/Raphael Chiswell). The nemesis of the hero (Voldemort/Charlotte) re-appears for the first time since the opening book of the series (Stone/Cuckoo) and sets the stage for the conflicts of the coming books in the series.

Not to mention the Quidditch World Cup and Olympic Games backdrop, CORE and SPEW, the illegal 'bugging,' the romance focus, the Graveyard scene echoes, and the Big Save with a "great splintering" door at the finish.

How about the Death Penalty theme vis a vis the Dementor's Kiss and the Chiswell 'White Horse' gallows?

It seems Galbraith is re-writing the Hogwarts Saga, book by book, and Lethal White is his version of Goblet of Fire. For a much longer discussion, see http://www.hogwartsprofessor.c.....t-of-fire/ (be sure to read the comments of Louise Freeman and Evan Willis in the thread that follows the post).

What do you think?

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