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Harry Potter and the Discombobulated Intern

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When I was sixteen, I did a week’s work experience on the set of the Harry Potter films. They were filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I and II, and I was in the costume department. It was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me.

I signed a nondisclosure agreement and was taken inside. A member of the film crew generously gave me a tour of the most impressive sets. As everyone knows if they’ve gone on the Harry Potter Experience, the studios are on a former airfield near Watford, and the place is huge. The central hangar was vast, filled with portakabins and extensions and offices and film-sets. And the hangar was only part of the sprawling Harry Potter complex. Hundreds and hundreds of people worked there. Nobody took much notice of an overawed teenage boy.

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Captioned Cartoons

I’ve always been a huge fan of captioned cartoons – by people like  James Thurber, Roz Chast and Edward Steed – but I’ve never been particularly good at the jokes. About once a month for my whole life, I’ll have a sudden idea and rush away to draw it… and the first person who sees it usually looks at it blankly and says “I don’t get it.” But I’m getting better, and I finally have a small collection that I quite like, so here they are:

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