Let’s start with the actual news part of this story, shall we? The latest installment of Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — Century: 2009 — comes out this week, and it turns out the bad guy is pretty much Harry Potter… but also the Antichrist. From the Independent:
Though the words “Harry Potter” are never mentioned, the allusions are unmistakable. One section features a magical train hidden between platforms at King’s Cross station which leads to a magical school. The Antichrist character has a hidden scar and a mentor named Riddle. (Lord Voldemort, born Tom Riddle, is Harry Potter’s arch enemy in the Potter series.) Characters resembling both Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger also appear and, at one point, the Potter character kills someone with a lightning bolt from his flaccid penis.
Oh, Alan Moore, you scamp!
The story threads history and fiction together, taking readers through different periods in British history – 1910, 1969 and finally 2009. The final instalment will see the three main characters, Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain and Orlando attempt to face down the Antichrist.
[These would be the same thing] if and only if Moore released this issue as “BEFORE HARRY POTTER,” starring all the actual Harry Potter characters rather than parody versions of them, using the Harry Potter trade dress, through Harry Potter’s publisher, exploiting a loophole in a contract he arranged with Rowling, over Rowling’s explicit and unequivocal objections, following a two-decade string of mistreatment and broken promises.