June 13th, 2005

Illustmaker me

Okay... er... (plus a rant)

I was looking at a pottersues reported fic, which included the Marauders talking about the Internet.

Now, I can see missing the dating of the series. Despite our obsession with the 1990s time frame based on the Deathday cake, the truth is, it's not that important, isn't likely to make a difference, and may well have been an "Oops, I didn't mean to say that!" moment on the part of the author. It certainly hasn't been referenced again. She's stuck with it, we're stuck with it once we notice it, but if you miss that one reference, no big. I'm not going to fret too much about Harry going to school at this very moment.

But here's the thing--the Marauders are his parents' generation. No matter when you think Harry's story is happening (unless for no textual reason, you have Harry existing twenty years in the future, I guess), the Marauders were in school about twenty years before him. If you miss the Deathday reference, that still means that they're going to school no later than the 1980s. Having them talk about the Atari vs. Intellivision wars would be a reasonable mistake. Having them talk about the internet as anything like pervasive... no. Watch War Games with Matthew Broderick--he had to explain the concept of a modem to his girl, because she didn't know that you could connect up to another computer. By the time of Ferris Bueller, a real techy could possibly hack into the school's system, and that was way fancy stuff, owned only by a really wealthy kid who got his computer rather than a car... roughly equivalent then. I guess my "Er, okay" moment is, whatever the date of Harry's schooling, how in the world would his parents be in school at the same time? What's the logic of contemporary Marauders?

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