The book Harris Bin Potter is an average 11-yearold Singaporean boy whose life gets turned upside-down after – surprise, surprise – meeting a giant janitor with a Jamaican accent who introduces him to Hog-Tak-Halal-What School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A parody of life, culture, philosophy and, of course, Harry Potter, this self-published book is now in its third print run.
The author Suffian, 31, grew up loving the preposterous – he credits it to reading a lot of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. After the initial chapters of the parody went viral on the internet, he started a crowdfunding campaign and the rest is history.
For now though, he’s moving on to explore deeper, more mature themes. He says, “The manic, child-like voice in my head when writing parodies is retreating into the recesses of my mind, so other (more grounded) voices are clamouring to take centre stage now.” His second book, The Minorities, got picked up by Epigram Books and will be published in 2019.
$31.99, available at Kinokuniya.