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A single large image of Harry Potter, in a rigid chair. Harry's arms are bound to the arms of the chair by metal bands. Ze is barefoot and wearing a ragged grey tunic, zir hands are clenched, and zir hair is in disarray. Ze has a zigzag scar on zir forehead, and another, vertical scar at the left edge of zir mouth. There are dark shadows around zir eyes, and ze looks angry. Harry's speech is drawn almost as a scribble, with many jagged lines, in bright red.

HARRY: Ge' on wi' it... Grangeuh. {Get on with it, Granger.}

TITLE: Chapter One

TITLE: The Boy Who Killed

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Approximate readability: 6.02 (909 characters, 209 words, 15 sentences, 4.35 characters per word, 13.93 words per sentence)

Ah, Harry Potter.

How do you represent the speech of a character who pronounces words in a non-standard way? I hesitate to say “mispronounces”. If ze physically can't make the sounds that other people can make, is ze making an error by speaking?

I've chosen to represent it with a jagged, irregular writing style.

On this page, I've also chosen to misspell the words Harry speaks. Imagine if I did that on every page. The culture around us is full of prejudice against people who don't speak words the way they “should” be spoken. Others often mock them and disregard their opinions. But Voldemort's Children makes it natural to pay attention to what Harry says. I could put my readers in the position of taking someone seriously when they spoke misspelled words, which could be a good thing.

However, misspelling things would also make the comic harder to read. Ultimately, I decided that it wouldn't be worth the cost. As an author, I want my work to be as easy to read as possible. But I'd like to take this moment to remind you, as a viewer, that if you only view things that have been made easy for you, you may be missing things that are important.