Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Fandom Freebie’ and I’ve decided to list my top 10 reasons why I love the Harry Potter fandom and why I think it’s the best.
1. It’s been around for the longest time – and is still going strong!
The Harry Potter fandom started way before sites like Twitter and Tumblr were around to make it easy to keep up to date with everything going on in your fandom. I was only very young at this point, so I don’t remember it well, but I’m amazed at how long people have been obsessed with Harry Potter for.
2. We’re getting new content!
Although it’s not in the way that a lot of fans would like (a marauders book series would be really great, please and thank you), it’s still so incredible that after all this time, we’re still getting new Harry Potter related content. With Pottermore, the Cursed Child play and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies, it’s safe to say that the magic isn’t gone yet, and I doubt it ever will be. In June, it will have been 20 years since that first book, Philosopher’s Stone, was published and changed so many lives. I’m truly grateful that after all this time we still, as a fandom, have new things to look forward to. I hope it never ends.
3. There are soooo many ships!
From your canon ships such as Romione and Hinny, to your non-canon ships such as Wolfstar, Drarry and Dramione, the Harry Potter fandom has it all. We may not always agree with certain ships (*cough* anything involving Snape *cough*), but at the end of the day, there will almost always be someone else in the fandom who ships the same pairing as you. You will never be alone.
4. The sheer amount of people in the fandom
The Harry Potter fandom is huge and there are so many different people within it. There are people from all over the world, of all different ages. People who weren’t even born when the first books were published. I think it’s truly amazing how many different people there are, who have all been united through their love of Harry Potter. That is truly beautiful. Furthermore, there are so many people in the fandom, that there is bound to be someone else out there who shares your opinions on the series. Whether that’s a certain ship or something you wish they’d put in the movies, you’re bound to find someone who agrees with you, and that is wonderful.
5. Harry Potter is the gateway fandom
Once you join the Harry Potter fandom, there is no going back. One minute you’re just a Potterhead, and the next minute you’ve suddenly developed an obsession with Shadowhunters, Sherlock or Percy Jackson (or all three, all at once!). Once you become a Potterhead, you become involved in more and more fandoms until you forget what your life was like before you discovered this crazy part of the internet.
6. There is sooo much fanfiction and fanart out there
Seriously, there’s loads. I never really used to be that interested in fanfiction – I’d read a couple but decided it wasn’t really for me. That is until I read wolfstar text talk last summer on AO3, on a complete whim, and fell in love with it. I literally did nothing for 2 whole days except read that fanfiction. I was completely obsessed. And when I finished it, it hit me so hard, it was like finishing a book series and not knowing how to continue. So I read more and more fanfiction and now there’s no going back. The people who write this stuff, and the people who make such beautiful fan art are beyond talented, and we’re so lucky that they decide to share their talents on the internet. I think it’s a great thing, to be able to escape reality for a while by jumping into a new story with characters that you already know and have fallen in love with. I love it.
7. The Harry Potter cast love it just as much as the fandom does
It makes my heart so happy to be scrolling through twitter and see a Harry Potter related tweet from a cast member. It’s been six years since the last movie premiered, and the fact that the cast are still obsessed with the story and the world is amazing to me. I think a lot of other actors don’t really like it when they’re only ever recognized for one major role that they did, but the Harry Potter actors really don’t seem to mind when they’re recognized as their Harry Potter character, and I think that’s really great. The cast grew up on those movies, just the same as we grew up with the books and movies, so I guess it makes sense that it means just as much to them as it does to the fandom.
8. I grew up with Harry Potter
I’ve seen it being said many times on the internet, and it’s so true – every child should grow up alongside a good book series. That’s what Harry Potter was to me. And I know it was the same for so many other people. Personally, it’s Hermione who has really shaped me into the person I am today. As a child, I wanted to be just like her, and that made me work really hard in school. I wanted to know everything and I read so many books, simply because of how much I loved this character. I strongly believe that if I hadn’t grown up alongside Hermione, I wouldn’t be as academic as I am now. I wouldn’t have done as well in school and I probably wouldn’t be at university right now. Hermione was my inspiration. Every little girl deserves a Hermione.
9. I’ve made so many friends through bonding over Harry Potter
It’s so much easier to make friends if you find someone who has similar interests to you, and for the majority of my friendships, our shared love for Harry Potter is what brought us together. I think it’s really beautiful how being a fan of something can help create friendships. There have been many times where I’ve sat for hours with friends, discussing things related to Harry Potter. I love that I have people to get excited with when there is Harry Potter news, and people to discuss my theories and opinions with. I have made some really great friendships through Harry Potter and I’m beyond grateful for them.
10. Harry Potter has been there for me through the bad times in my life
Whenever things have gotten difficult or stressful, I have always turned to Harry Potter as a way to escape and find some comfort in a magical world with familiar characters that I love. It has sort of become a tradition of mine now that the night before every results day (where I find out my results for that year’s exams) I reread a Harry Potter book, to help calm me down. And it works. In my opinion, there are few things that can’t be made at least a little more bearable with a Harry Potter re-watch, re-read, or even just scrolling through the Harry Potter tag on Tumblr. For getting me through some pretty bad times, Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart.
So, those are the top 10 reasons why I love the Harry Potter fandom so much. I would love to know in the comments what your favourite fandom is and why you love it so much.
Thank you so much for reading,
Chloe 🙂 x