If you’ve read my introduction post, you know that I’m planning to write about all of my fandoms one by one.
My first post is about Harry Potter.
It makes sense to start with Harry Potter because it is the first fandom I was a part of, and in fact, Harry Potter is what started it all for me.
I had once read a Tumblr post that described it as “the gateway fandom” because you read Harry Potter and suddenly you’re carrying salt everywhere, you have a sonic screwdriver and you’re awkwardly in love with Sherlock, and you don’t really know how any of this happened but you’re pretty sure it’s because Mr. And Mrs. Dursley of number 4 Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
This is the best description of the fandom I have come across so far.
The Harry Potter series has had such a huge impact on the lives of the people who’ve read it, it’s difficult to explain without rambling on forever.
I know I speak on behalf of every Potterhead when I say, Harry Potter has taught us everything we know today and if we’re good people, good human beings, a large part of that is because of Harry Potter. Studies have shownthat kids who’ve read Harry Potter are less prejudiced, more tolerant and accepting, more empathetic and less bigoted than kids who haven’t read the books.
Speaking of what Harry Potter taught us, this is my response to the question about lessons learnt from Harry Potter.
That still doesn’t even begin to cover all the things I have learnt, and will continue to learn.
Harry Potter, or more importantly J K Rowling, never fails to inspire.
Every time I’m feeling a little bit low, if I happen to watch a few scenes from any of the movies, or read a post about Harry Potter, I feel good again.
J K Rowling is nothing if not encouraging with all her fans, and her quotes always make me believe in something, I don’t quite know what.
I feel like life is worth living- and this is not an exaggeration.
And it’s not just me.
The amount of fanfiction you’ll find on the internet will tell you how Harry Potter has helped so many people start writing, and made them better writers as well.
A Very Potter Musical (the musical based on the series), the entire new genre of music called Wizard Rock, fan adaptations, and various projects (including, but not restricted to, conventions) created by fans will tell you just how much of an impact the series has had on all our lives.
The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) has done so much good in this world, and this is not the only organisation that does so with the help of Harry Potter.
This series unites people from all over the world, despite the geographical distances, political boundaries, age gaps, religious and cultural differences; if you’re a Potterhead on the other side of the world, we have an instant connection and I love you already.
I could go on and on about Harry Potter- something I’ve been known to do on several occasions- but no amount of talking will even come close to the feeling you’ll get being a part of this wonderful and magical world.
It’s a journey you must take by yourself, if you haven’t already!
(Although what are the chances?)
If you’re a Potterhead already, tell me in the comments your favourite part about a Potterhead or your personal Harry Potter story, those are always beautiful to read. :’)
I’d just like to say this:
A thin eleven year old boy with dark hair, green eyes and a lightning shaped scar entered my life, and it hasn’t been the same since.