Fan Phenomena: Harry Potter (Book)

Fan Phenomena: Harry Potter is a journey – yes, a magical one – through one of the largest fanbases of all time and its efforts to ensure that The Boy Who Lived would live forever. 

Series: Fan Phenomena


Nineteen years later . . .

Even as a new generation embraces the Harry Potter novels for the first time,  J.K. Rowling’s world is expanding with Fantastic Beasts, Cursed Child and Pottermore. There are new mobile games, new toys and, of course, the theme parks. Meanwhile, Quidditch and the Harry Potter Alliance stretch from college to college, inspiring each generation. Fans have adapted the series into roleplaying games, parodies, musicals, films, dances, art and published fiction like Tommy Taylor or Carry On. They are also scrambling Potter with new franchises: Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Hamilton. What else is this new generation discovering about loving Potter? Which are the best conventions, the best fanfiction and wizard rock? And, how has Potter aged and what does it still have to teach us? Fan Phenomena: Harry Potter offers Potter fans a taste of the best the fandom has to offer.

Valerie Estelle Frankel has written 65 books on popular culture, including Teaching with Harry Potter and Harry Potter, Still Recruiting.


Valerie Estelle Frankel

Part 1: Real World

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Bringing the Books to Life

Erin Pyne

Surveying Fanworks: Art, Dance, Fic, Music and Community

Madeline Wilson

Fan Appreciation: A.J. Holmes (composer, Team StarKid)

Aya Esther Hayashi

Part 2: Virtual World

Polyjuice and Potterheads: The Changing Face of Fandom from LiveJournal to Tumblr

Emily E. Roach

The Magic of Video Game Adaptation: The Admirer Becomes the Caster in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone

Fan Appreciation: Justin Zagri (Severus Snape and the Marauders)

Lisa Gomez

The Wizarding World of D&D: The Art of Roleplaying in the Potterverse

Evan Kreider

Part 3: Critical World

Tommy Taylor Reveals Harry’s True Power: Stories and Fans Can Reshape Our World

Joel Hawkes

Fan Appreciation: Matt Maggiacomo (executive director, HP Alliance)

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Buffy, Hamilton and Jon Snow Go to Hogwarts: Literary Affordance and the Hogwarts Houses as Interpretative Framework and Rhetorical Tool

Jessica Hautsch

Harry’s Magical Move to Broadway

Valerie Guempel

Part 4: Fictional World

Fan Appreciation: Ariel Birdoff (author, wrocker, librarian and fan)

Valerie Estelle Frankel 

Tuesdays with Malfoy: The Pain of Sharing Fandoms

Katryn Alessandri

Recharming the Fans? The Expanded Works and Why They Don’t Hold Up

Valerie Estelle Frankel

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