Henry Potty and the Pet Rock: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody

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Henry Potty and the Pet Rock, 2006 - Fiction - 112 pages
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All is not well at Chickenfeet Academy. Lord Revolting, murderous goldfish-flusher and creator of the mega-wedgie, seeks ingredients to take over the world, including Really Wimpy's pet rock! Henry Potty and his best buddies set out to rescue it, unaware the least likely character in the book has enticed it away for her own sneaky agenda. Henry struggles through Hobology and Extremely Dry History, preps for America's Funniest Fairygodchildren, and tries to avoid laundering Professor Snort's dreaded hankies, or worse, watching A History of Cabbages in Polish. All the while, he has his fan club ready, down to the exclusive "Henry Potty" toothpick holders, although none of his fans exist yet. Unapproved, unendorsed, unofficial, and unstoppable: an award-winning parody for all the Harry Potter fans.

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Henry Potty is a parody of the Harry Potter series. The fun all starts when Haenry Potty gets an invitation to attend the Chickenfeet Academy to study being a gizzard. Henry Potty goes through strange quests, and takes on weird tasks at Chickenfeet Academy. The humor in this book is really random, and really hilarious. People will laugh at the tasks poor Henry Potty has to face, such as trying to find his dorm room. One hilarious scene in the book is when Lord Revolting doesn’t seem to be “all there.” Henry goes through the many dorm halls, like Heroes Dorm and Losers’ Dorm and the Sort-of Room. This parody is far off from JK Rowling’s series. This book is very modern, also, in that it has reference to internet web counters, and toaster ovens, and such. There are interesting and new weird things, such as flying pigs, flying vacuum cleaners, and magical hot dogs. 

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After years of waiting for his destiny to show up, Henry Potty is finally accepted into Chickenfeet Academy, an American school for gizzards and whiches that proudly flaunts its third-rate status. Henry, equipped with his fan club, a blinding conscience and an unshakable belief that his own star-of-book-status will save the day, goes head to head with his archnemesis Lord Revolting, who has a strange affinity for garbage. Frankel weaves a tale which instead of following the Harry Potter saga religiously, cheerfully plunges readers into new territory, as we are introduced to Henry’s fairy godmother, a sport where players snatch fishes out of a river, and the little red-haired girl, a member of Henry’s fan club who he constantly pines for. Frankel doesn’t so much break the fourth wall as she obliterates it with a barrage of Unforgivable Curses. Looking for something to tide you over until the next adventure? This book is for you. Hate the Potter craze and want Rowling to die a painful, horrible death? This book is also for you.  

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A Pile of Letters
Of Rats and Gizzards
A Real Ladies Man
Classroom Calamities
The Parrot and the Gum
The Runaway Rock
Stuff and Destroyers and Dragons Oh My
To Be Kicked Out or Not to Be
The Secret Unexpected Surprise Twist
Dinosaur Time

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Valerie Estelle Frankel was the youngest person ever to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. She now teaches creative writing and composition for San Jose State University. Her many short stories have appeared in over seventy magazines and anthologies including Legends of the Pendragon, Rosebud Magazine, and The Oklahoma Review. Many of her short stories can be found on her website, www.HarryPotterParody.com, along with contests, giveaways, and an interactive fantasy kingdom especially for kids.

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