Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! (I’m Stephanie, taking over as the primary writer for TWIF, and I’m stoked to be here.) Before we start: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, again, had a domestic opening weekend gross that was the second-biggest ever recorded. If you’ve seen it, let us know what you thought of the movie in the comments!
An entertainment group called Botnik Studios has compiled a hilarious Harry Potter fanfiction based on text generated by artificial intelligence. “Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash” comprises about three pages of fiction that contributors wrote using predictive keyboards trained with text from all seven Harry Potter books. The fanfic mirrors Rowling’s writing impressively well in its style and vocabulary, if not in its spectacularly bizarre content: (more…)