We received a tremendous response to our first #shareyourmagic.
Here are just a few of the responses.
Here are just a few of the responses.
We are asking people in the fandom to share their history, their memories, and their experiences with each other.
Here is the first prompt:
The best place to start is, of course, the beginning. We want you to tell us how you first got into Harry Potter. Was it at random, picking up a book you thought interesting? Did an important person in your life encourage you to read the book? Or were you perhaps drawn into the experience by the films?
I discovered Harry Potter right after The Chamber of Secrets came out one DVD. A couple of my friends encouraged me to have a movie night where we watched both Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets back to back. About 2 weeks later my back went out really badly. I was flat on my back for a week. My friend handed me the first 4 books and I read them cover to cover twice and had to wait another few months for Order of the Phoenix to come out. I didn't get involved in the Fandom though for another couple years. My first gathering was with a group of friends at Hogwart's Witches Weekend in Chicago when they were touring the Movie Paraphernalia from that point forward I have been an enthusiastic member of fandom. I co-moderate a group on LJ, do cosplay and write fan fiction. I have met some of my best friends through the World of Harry Potter. Friends who have traveled cross country to support me, they have held my hand virtually and have shared in my joys and triumphs through the years. Should there ever come a time when HP Fandom is no more I know the friends I have made will continue on for my lifetime.
I remember quite vividly the night I saw a brief news item on BBC1 about the 'upcoming film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. It had been on my radar, but it was only after this that I asked my stepkids about it. They loaned me the first three books, which I read in the space of a day, then purchased the newly released Goblet of Fire. I was hooked. I enjoyed the books and the films, but it wasn't until much later that I was to experience the true impact of the Harry Potter universe.
Fast forward seven years later: while sitting in my tea shop, a customer and friend mentioned Harry Potter fanfiction. It never occured to me that there was such a thing. It is no exaggeration when I say this passing mention changed my life completely.
Curious, I read it for a lark. I was blown away not only by the concept, but also by the talent and imagination these books had inspired. A few months later I wrote my first fanfic, and through it I met friends like Droxy, Shawny, Perseus, Draconis, and so many others. Their encouragement and acceptance was like nothing I'd ever experienced in my life, and from it I was encouraged and inspired to write my own novels.
I attended MISTI 2013, and the atmosphere and love there was a total feeling of, "this is my tribe. This is where I'm understood and accepted and appreciated." I had found my family. And I found people who loved what I did, and still encourage and support me to this day.
Harry Potter, in so many ways, changed me completely. It taught me the power of a story, and how it can transcend the pages and become something huge and powerful, yet supportive and giving. JK Rowling may have created the world, but we inhabit it. We are the magic. #shareyourmagic
I started reading Harry Potter after a friend told me I had to because I would really like it. I believed her and started reading. Then, I made my parents stop in Victoria Station so that I could run into WHSmith to buy my own. I was hooked on Severus Snape! #shareyourmagic
I was in grad school, so somewhere between 99 and 01. A friend told me about them, and i read the first 4 within a few days. OoTP came out soon after, and I got that, and was hooked.