A fan imitates Harry casting the Lumos spell Pottermania is an informal term first used around describing the craze Harry Potter fans have had over the series.
A Bridal Guide featured two real weddings soon before the release of the final movie, which quickly spread through the fandom via Facebook , Twitter , and Tumblr. In the story, the protagonist Andrea Sachs is ordered to retrieve two copies of the next installment in the series for her boss's twins before they are published so that they can be privately flown to France, where the twins and their mother are on holiday. Rowling has an open relationship with her fan base, and since periodically hands out a "fan site award" on her official web site.
The first was Godric's Hollow;  for some time however, the site's domain name was occupied by advertisers and its content was lost  and there is no further record on Rowling's site that Godric's Hollow ever received the award,  although in the website came back online again albeit with a lot of content missing.
The next site was the Harry Potter Lexicon , an online encyclopedia Rowling has admitted to visiting while writing away from home rather than buying a copy of her books in a store. She called it "for the dangerously obsessive; my natural home. Rowling wrote when giving the award, "It's high time I paid homage to the mighty MuggleNet," and listed all the features she loved, including "the pretty-much-exhaustive information on all books and films. In Rowling's words, "it is about the worst kept secret on this website that I am a huge fan of The Leaky Cauldron," which she calls a "wonderfully well designed mine of accurate information on all things Harry Potter.
Rowling recognized the insightful editorials as well as praised the site for its young and dedicated staff. Rowling called the project "extraordinary" and "most inspirational", and paralleled its mission to "the values for which Dumbledore's Army fought in the books".
The unsuccessful attempt eventually led to their inviting the webmasters of the top sites to premieres of the films and tours of the film sets, because of their close connection with the fans. Both podcasts won these respective categories. MuggleCast has also added humour to their podcast with segments like "Spy on Spartz," where the hosts would call MuggleNet webmaster Emerson Spartz and reveal his current location or activity with the listening audience.
British staff member Jamie Lawrence tells a British joke of the week, and host Andrew Sims reads an email sent to MuggleNet with a strange request or incoherent talk dubbed "Huh?! Email of the Week". The MuggleCast website will continue to serve as a resource for other Harry Potter fans who want to rediscover the show. PotterCast was released less than two weeks after MuggleCast's first episode.
Produced by The Leaky Cauldron , it differed from MuggleCast with a more structured program, including various segments and involvement of more people on the Leaky Cauldron staff compared to MuggleCast. It also was the first Potter podcast to produce regular interviews with people directly involved with the books and films.
The first show featured interviews with Stuart Craig , art director of the films, as well as Bonnie Wright , who plays Ginny Weasley. Levine and Cheryl Klein editors of the books at Scholastic , and the author of the book series, J. From time to time, hosts on one podcast will appear on their counterpart.
There are numerous websites devoted solely to Harry Potter fan fiction. Of these, according to rankings on Alexa. Over people subscribe to the story so that they are alerted when new posts update the story. The authors' works, including this project, were featured in an article in The Wall Street Journal discussing the growth in popularity of fandoms. Net by user "Tara Gilesbie". The book was written as a supplement to fill the void after Deathly Hallows, and received eventual approval from Rowling herself.
Net to remove all stories of their works, requests honored by the site. The attorneys have sent cease and desist letters to sites that host adult material. I read someone once who said, "If she didn't want us fantasizing about her characters, she needs to stop having these handsome men portraying them. I have some fan fiction at Fiction Alley. You want to write stories about the characters that J.
To this end, clues from the earlier books and deliberate hints from J. Rowling in interviews and on her website were heavily scrutinised by fans. In particular, fan essays were published on websites such as Mugglenet the "world famous editorials" , the Harry Potter Lexicon and The Leaky Cauldron Scribbulus project among others: The Yahoo discussion list Harry Potter for Grown Ups founded in is also noteworthy for its detailed criticism and discussion of the Harry Potter books.
Speculation intensified with the July publication of Half-Blood Prince and the detailed post-publication interview given by Rowling to Mugglenet and The Leaky Cauldron. Contributors included the Christian author John Granger and Joyce Odell of Red Hen Publications, whose own website contains numerous essays on the Potterverse and fandom itself. In , in advance of the arrival of the seventh Potter novel, five MuggleNet staff members co-authored the reference book Mugglenet.
Late additions to the fan scene prior to the publication of Deathly Hallows included BeyondHogwarts. To this day, debate and reaction to the novels and films continues on web forums including Mugglenet's Chamber of Secrets community and TLC's Leaky Lounge. Origins of the Heir A Italian fan-made prequel to the series, Voldemort: Origins of the Heir , depicts the story of Tom Riddle's rise to power. The full movie was later released on YouTube on January 13, , receiving over twelve million views in ten days.
Conventions[ edit ] Attendees of Sectus convention in London await the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Fan conventions have been another way that the fandom has congregated.
Conventions such as Prophecy, LeakyCon, Infinitus, Azkatraz, and Ascendio have maintained an academic emphasis, hosting professional keynote speakers as well as keeping the atmosphere playful and friendly.
They have featured prominent members of the fandom such as Jennie Levine, owner of SugarQuill. Still, the conventions try to attract the fandom with other fun-filled Potter-centric activities, often more interactive, such as wizarding chess, water Quidditch , a showing of the Harry Potter films ,  or local cultural immersions.
Live podcasts are often recorded during these events,  and live Wizard Rock shows have become a fairly large part of recent conventions. LitDays are full of programming with authors, agents, and editors. At the Harry Potter fan conventions Infinitus ,  LeakyCon ,   and Ascendio ,  special events were held at the theme park dedicated to the series. These are after-hours events for convention attendees who purchased tickets to experience and explore the park by themselves.
The event included talks given by creators of the park, free food and butterbeer , and live wizard rock shows inside the park. Religions[ edit ] The Harry Potter fandom has also led to the development of at least one religion. The religion of 'Snapeism' was active from The Snapists popularly known as the Snapewives worshipped the Severus Snape character.
Nevertheless, recent scholarship has argued for the validity of fandom faiths. They also feel that Snape can contact them and provide them with help and guidance in life. Quotes from Rowling which seemed to contradict the possibility of Harry ending up with Hermione were usually countered by claiming them to be deliberate obfuscations designed to lure astute observation off-course though such claims were far from undisputed, given that these allegedly vague quotes included such phrases as "[Harry and Hermione] are very platonic friends",  and were repeated on at least three different occasions.
An interview with J. Rowling conducted by fansite webmasters Emerson Spartz MuggleNet and Melissa Anelli The Leaky Cauldron shortly after the book's release turned out to be quite controversial. The uproar was loud enough to merit an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Five hours later or something, I get up from the computer shaking slightly [all laugh]. I had no idea there was this huge underworld seething beneath me. It was directed at the "militant" shippers who insisted that there was overwhelming canon proof and that everyone else was too blind to see it.
You were delusional; you saw what you wanted to see and you have no one to blame for that but yourselves. She went on to say that perhaps with marriage counseling Ron and Hermione would have been all right.
A potential relationship between Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood was originally dispelled by Rowling,  though she later retracted this and said she noticed a slight attraction between them in Deathly Hallows. There is also debate about Lily and Severus vs. Roleplaying is a central feature of the Harry Potter fandom. There are two primary forms: LARPing often involves re-enacting or creating an original Quidditch team.
Match rules and style of play vary among fandom events, but they are generally kept as close as possible to the sport envisioned by Rowling. The Lumos symposium included a Quidditch tournament played in water. Mungos, the Daily Prophet, and the Ministry of Magic. Here, roleplayers can create an avatar and interact with other students, attend lessons organized by other roleplayers, play Quidditch , sit for their exams, earn and lose points for their house, visit Hogsmeade , Diagon Alley and the Forbidden Forest, get a job at the Ministry of Magic , explore several secret passages within the castle, and even immerse themselves into intricate and well-composed storyline plots that have, through time, grown into the canon rules of the game.
Although not a full MMORPG format, Chamber of Chat is set up with 3D virtual chatrooms and avatars where fans can socially interact with each other in Pictionary and Harry Potter Trivial games or participate in discussion groups about Harry Potter or Film media or perform plays as a theater group to other fans as audience. They hold special community event such as Harry Potters Birthday or Halloween and have seasonal house competitions.
Fans are able to create their own avatars, collect or be rewarded coins to purchase furniture items for their own "clubhouse". However, the website emphasizes more social interaction between fans' avatars to stimulate the Hogwarts student experience. The Harry Potter Virtual World is designed for fans. This give users the feeling that they are interacting in the actual 3D world.
You can hang out with other students, relax in the common room, mingle at the pub, play games like Pictionary and even download cool looking wallpapers.
Chamber of chat has also been awarded a place among the SmartFoxServer Showcase. Interactive gaming can include player versus player features, a form of currency for making purchases in stores, and non-player characters such as monsters that must be fought to gain levels and experience points.
However, these features are more prevalent in games that are not forum-based. Advancement in such games is usually dependent on live chat, multiplayer cooperation, and fighting as opposed to taking classes or simply posting to earn points for one's "house"; like at Hogwarts, players in forum-based games are sometimes sorted into a different group distinguishing different values within a person. Iconic landmarks tours[ edit ] The Glenfinnan viaduct , which the Hogwarts Express passes over when it travels to Hogwarts in the films.
Some travel agencies have organised a subdivision to create tours specifically highlighting iconic landmarks in the world of Harry Potter.
Alnwick Castle , the castle used for filming exterior shots of Hogwarts in the Potter films. These tours primarily feature locations used for shooting in the films , though some trips include a Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh, which was once Nicholson's Cafe, where Rowling wrote much of the manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , and Edinburgh Castle , where Rowling read from the sixth book on the night of its release to an audience of children.