As Harry Potter fans delight in the knowledge that the sainted J K Rowling is about to publish an adult novel about a parish council at war after the death of Barry Fairweather, a councillor in the town of Pagford, Periscope wonders what it was that might have caused the councillor’s death.
1. The Avada Kevadra Curse. Is Voldemort lurking in the pretty streets of Pagford, nursing a bottle of Butterbeer and randomly shouting at anyone who’ll listen that he could have been a contender? Is he taking out his frustrations on innocent bystanders with the deadly, forbidden Avada Kevadra curse? We can only hope.
2. A sex game that went horribly wrong. In John Mortimer’s novel, The Sound of Trumpets, a local Tory MP is found floating face down in his swimming pool dressed in leather and with an orange in his mouth. Could this be Fairweather’s fate?
3. Boredom. After hearing someone say the words “Harry” and “Potter” for the 1,000,000th time, Barry Fairweather just can’t take it any more and drops dead out of sheer frustration. J K Rowling collects a large cheque and gets ready to write another one. Everyone else goes and reads The Hunger Games.