THE BLOG
07/10/2007 06:12 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

You Might Even Say I Started It All!

Dear Jo,

Great to see you again at Live Earth! I've been a fan of yours since we first met, years ago, in that crowded pub outside London. I'll never forget how we shared a table and I told you my idea for a series of books about a boy wizard with the initials "H.P." And now, here you are, writing Book Seven of the hugely popular "Harry Potter" series. You might even say I started it all!

Which brings me to why I'm writing. After seeing you again, I couldn't help but think: what a perfect opportunity this final installment of Harry's saga brings to a writer who wants to make a difference to the future of our planet.

Do you follow? Think about it: In Deathly Hallows, Harry needs to confront Voldemort and kill him or be killed. But what if you reveal that Voldemort is actually the embodiment of the greatest evil of all: The Climate Crisis (commonly known as "global warming")? And, stay with me here, what if Harry -- with the help of his friends and his true love, Ginny (thank you for the resemblance to Tipper, we've gotten a kick out of that) -- had to fight not only for his own survival, but for that of the entire planet?

Perfect, right? It almost makes me wonder if this was the real genius of my idea when I thought up the series in the first place! I also think that bringing Dobby the House Elf back into the narrative would help to support the environmental message. After all, he has been pivotal to the fair labor issues in the earlier books. Plus, he's an elf and therefore a woodland creature, if I have this right. Perhaps traveling through fireplaces could be a carbon neutral way for the elves to sound the alarm about climate change? I'm no novelist (yet!), so I'll leave the details to you.

I am, however, an Academy Award winning film maker. Which brings me to my second purpose in contacting you. Should you be seeking a director for the film version of Deathly Hallows(which, now that I think of it, you should probably re-title something like Harry Potter and the Assault on Reason), look no further. In addition to An Inconvenient Truth, I have several other Hollywood credits to my name. I recently wrote a script for Pirates of the Caribbean IV: The Black Pearl Goes Green, a film which would have a nice synergy with this one.

Anyway, please do give me a ring.

All the best,

Al Gore