Johnny Depp has joined the ranks of those Hollywood stars planning a movie about magicians. His venture is based on Myron Levoy's young adult novel The Magical Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen (Mortimer Wintergreen is the conjuror). Apparently the hat, in the possession of a stage magician/con man, does all sorts of wonderful things. Sounds sort of like the Hogwarts hat, except that Mortimer's hat appears in 1987 or 1988 and the first Harry Potter novel came out in 1997. The novel's protagonists are two youngsters who live on a boring farm in South Dakota and want to escape from their mean aunt Vootch. Hmmm. Maybe she's mean because she lives on a boring farm in South Dakota, has two snarky kids to take care of and her name is Vootch. Anybody think of that?