Harris bin Potter and the Stoned Philosopher
Shorlisted for the 2020 Singapore Book Awards (Best Literary Work)
An illustrated edition of the author’s first novel—the hilarious, viral hit Harris bin Potter and the Stoned Philosopher, in which a bespectacled boy finds out that magic is disappearing in Singapore... and has to stop it.
Harris bin Potter is an orphan who loves to play void deck football like any other Singaporean boy. But when he discovers he is a parceltongue (i.e., he can talk to boxes...er, parcels), his world changes. Harris learns about his magical lineage and enrols at the MOE-approved Hog-Tak-Halal-What School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
There, he is sorted into the House of Fandi and gets caught up in an insane adventure to save Singapore’s magical folk from being turned into kosongs.
About the Author
Suffian Hakim has been hailed as “undoubtedly one of the most whimsical, creative and unpretentious young voices in Singapore literature” by The Straits Times. Suffian is a writer at Big 3 Media. He was previously a regional content lead at media agency GroupM and has written for television shows such as Random Island and The Noose, and for the publications Esquire and August Man.
His second novel, The Minorities, was also published by Epigram in 2018.
“Undoubtedly one of the most whimsical, creative and unpretentious young voices in Singapore literature.”
—The Straits Times
“Laugh until cry.”
—Gwee Li Sui, author of Spiaking Singlish
"I first picked up a copy of Harris Bin Potter just because it had a funny sort of title—its naming game continues throughout the book, with local and pop cultural references aplenty, bouncing off the Harry Potter universe. It reminded me of a book I read when I was young—Oh No, It's the Kitchi Boy Gang!—which was one of my first encounters with local writing, packed with unique flavours that were never quite in the Hardy Boys or Three Investigators books. Given a chance, this new illustrated edition of Harris Bin Potter might conjure up the same magic for you!"
—Sonny Liew, award-winning author of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
“Hilariously-written, completely Singaporean-sounding.”
“Harris bin Potter and the Stoned Philosopher is so disarmingly out of left-field that even Muggles—or should I say kosongs—will find lots to chuckle over.”
—May Seah, author of The Movie That No One Saw
“One of the most popular works of fiction in Singapore literature... Our favourite Harry Potter references are given a ridiculous local update.”
—The Everyday People
“Harris bin Potter lets every void-deck dwelling, soccer-playing, heartland-loving individual dive deeply into the lore of magic, mystery, mischief and mat-inspired magnificence. Suffian’s wit and ability to make readers (me at least) spit on a page laughing is so natural, I also want to enrol in Hog-Tak-Halal-What and get sorted by a songkok.”
—Tim De Cotta, musician
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Published: November 2019