Harry Potter Fan Decodes Wizarding Genetics

By Sean O'Connell 2012-08-06 13:58:50discussion comments
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Once upon a time, we thought Lord of the Rings fans earned the imaginary trophy of geekiest, most-devoted fans in the movie-loving universe. But Harry Potter super-fan Andrea Klenotiz is about to give them a run for their money.

Klenotiz submitted a six-page explanation of wizarding genetics to Potter scribe J.K. Rowling (which you can read in its entirety here). It was fashioned in response to Rowling’s statement that the wizarding gene was “dominant.” Klenotiz grew tired of the amount of criticism supposed Potter fans lobbied at Rowling, saying that the belief didn’t address the existence of Muggles or squibs. But the blogger writes to Rowling, “I got your back.”
“Magical ability could be explained by a single autosomal dominant gene if it is caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance,” Klenotiz explains, before launching into a very detailed, scientific explanation of nucleotide bases, Trinucleotide repeats and Mendelian patterns of inheritance.

I have to take her word for most of it. OK, for all of it. I'm not much of a geneticist. I'm a movie blogger, for Dumbledore's sake. Though I adore the Harry Potter franchise, I still couldn’t tell you the difference between the housing crests for Hufflepuff and Slytherin. But term papers such as this are one of many great reminders that while film franchises like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter have a limited number of chapters in their telling, the discussion around these franchises in the passionate fanbases is forever ongoing.
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