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<   No. 1837   2008-02-06   >

Comic #1837

1 {scene: A hospital room. Shakespeare lies in the bed.}
1 Ophelia: {entering the room} Will!
1 Shakespeare: Ophelia! Mercutio!
2 Ophelia: How do you feel?
3 Shakespeare: Oh, okay, I guess. But they haven't told me any outside news. There are important things I need to know!
3 Ophelia: Like what?
4 Shakespeare: Has J.K. Rowling agreed to do another Harry Potter book yet?!

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I don't remember this at all, but I am assured by my wife that it is true:

I was admitted to hospital back in 2001 with a serious infection (Methiciliin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). For various reasons, I was quite delirious by the time we got to the hospital. I collapsed and threw up on the steps outside the front door. I was in the intensive care ward overnight. I don't really remember much of the next 48 hours at all.

Some time after I'd recovered, my wife asked me if I remembered the first thing I said to her when she visited the day after I was admitted. I didn't, and I still don't recall. Apparently the first thing I said was:

Make sure you tape X-Files for me.

2018-09-23 Rerun commentary: This strip was originally published in 2008, just a bit over 6 months after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The world was holding its breath, waiting to see if J. K. Rowling would announce a new book any time soon.

As it happened, just 29 days after the publication of this strip, J. K. Rowling announced that she would be publishing The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a children's story book based on the fictional book of the same name which features as a plot element in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So although not a full novel, Will's wish would soon be realised in as much as The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a book set in the Harry Potter universe.

As for me - spoiler - I survived my hospitalisation, although I was in hospital for almost a month. My wife ensured that a friend of mine taped all of the then-screening original run of season 8 of The X-Files for me. I kept those tapes for several years, until the DVD boxed set came out and I upgraded to those.

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