Happy Anniversary Harry!
Today the Harry Potter series turns 21. Here in the US it’s the big 2-0. Wow, 20 years! I can’t believe it! That’s like, two-thirds of my life. To celebrate, Weird Zeal has hosted a week-long Potter event, which so many of you have been reading, liking, and commenting on. Thanks guys! But today is special. Today we say thank you.
I want to say thank you to all of the fans. To all of the Potterheads who have created such an amazing community, both on the internet and in real life.
In the last twenty years I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of Harry Potter fans of all ages. In my experience they are the kindest, coolest folks out there. Thanks to Harry I’ve made genuine connections with people I certainly never would have met otherwise. People from all over the world. We’ve been there to support each other, to fangirl together, and just to share the experience of Harry Potter together.
There’s something about a fandom that makes a book so much more special. I remember back in 2001, when my family first got broadband internet, going onto MuggleNet and just getting SUCKED. IN. I read fan theories, printed proof sheets for Ron/Hermione coupling, played games, even ventured into *gasp* chat rooms. It made waiting for the fifth book so much more exciting!
Later, in 2012, I joined the Pottermore community. While the website itself was admittedly pretty lame, I got sucked in to the game and the community. Unable to chat effectively on the website, we took to twitter and facebook, creating accounts for the sole purpose of talking to other Pottermore players. What other fandom even DOES that?
This is such a great community, and I feel so thankful to have met you all and geeked out with you. Potterheads have definitely helped me to become the person I am today, and I am so thankful to each and every one of you. Thank you for being accepting, caring, kind, and most of all, nerdy. Y’all are amazing. I love you.