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A Bot Was Fed All 'Harry Potter' Books and Asked to Come Up With a Chapter and the Result Might be the Greatest Novel Ever Written

By Petr Knava | Miscellaneous | December 14, 2017 |

By Petr Knava | Miscellaneous | December 14, 2017 |


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I haven’t read the ‘Harry Potter’ books. I’ve half-seen a few of the movies, glimpsed bits out of the corner of a hungover eye here and there while at other people’s houses. But apart from maybe a passage or two on the internet, I never got round to reading the books.

I think I probably won’t ever read them now. But I tell you what—I might’ve found a version that I would dive into in a second.

Botnik Studios is a community of creative people who run various projects, one of which is called Predictive Writer. Predictive Writer is a predictive keyboard bot. What Botnik did was feed Predictive Writer the seven ‘Harry Potter’ books, and then they asked it to come up with a whole new chapter of a whole new book using its algorithmically constructed sentences. The bot, analysing existing sentence structures and word patterns, and producing new work based on that, came up with something close to transcendental genius.

Here, find Zen in this Chapter of ‘Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash’:

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‘Ron’s Ron shirt was just as bad as Ron himself’, indeed. Predictive Writer, will you marry me?


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Petr Knava lives in London and plays music



Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.


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