The Leaky D20
is a Campaign Comic
based on the Harry Potter films
. Written by Arkbrik and posted on deviantART
, it tells the story of Catherine (the GM) and Dan, Robin and Emily (who respectively play Harry, Ron and Hermione). Posting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, it is currently up to the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The first strip can be found here
This series provides examples of:
- Acting for Two: Harry's player, Dan, also plays Vernon Dursley, and he really likes roleplaying Harry's abusive childhood.
- Actor Allusion: Names of the players (Dan, Robin, Emily) are similar to the names of the actors from the movies (Daniel, Rupert, Emma).
- Catherine's name is similar to JK Rowling's middle (pen) name, Kathleen.
- Adaptational Villainy: Vernon Dursley is much more abusive in the comic, often threatening Harry with snakebite.
- Snape really did try to kill Harry during his first year.
- Gilderoy Lockhart is the heir of Slytherin, and he caused the attacks during the second year to take control of Hogwarts.
- Among the founders of Hogwarts, Godric Gryffindor was the one who wanted to rule the school.
- Adaptational Heroism: Voldemort is portrayed as keeping a fair balance between the Vampires and the Werewolves, at least until he was overthrown.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: To be expected, seeing as the plot runs quite differently from the source material. Lucius Malfoy and Mr Weasley are friendly coworkers, and Draco is far nicer than the original. Conversely, Dumbledore, Snape and Mc Gonnagal are far nastier, with the last one wanting to eat the protagonist because she is a werecreature. Neville Longbottom is genuinely competent and respected, coming from a long line of heroic vampire hunters. And the protagonists are generally a bunch of unliked jerks because they're acting like self-centered adventurers.
- Composite Character: Inverted. Tom Riddle is a separate character from Voldemort.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Emily points out several times that the main problem of their party is having three mages. She tries to fix this by creating alternate characters for herself: a felineborn fighter/rogue (Hermione after taking the 'polymorph' potion) and a ranger ( Tom Riddle)
- Furagainst Fang: Snape and his vampires against Mcgonagall's tribe of werecreatures.
- Low Culture, High Tech: Emily uses a computer to search for information on Nicholas Flamel. Then when Catherine asks her to justify her Out of Character Knowledge being used by her character, she says "I used a Computer. Duh." implying that Hermione had gone home for the holidays and simply run a Google Search. If only all Muggle-Borns were that smart.
- Master of None: This is basically how Dan's spell selection is decided at the start of the Campaign...
- Off the Rails : Within the first three pages.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: After the final battle of the first campaign, Dan/Harry asks Dumbledore if the villain he fought was Voldemort (a character from Harry's backstory). Catherine decides to accept this idea.
- What the Hell Is That Accent? : Hagrid
- You All Meet in an Inn : The planned beginning of the campaign.