Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at Harry Potter Fandom


Arriving August 2012 from Zossima Press.



The Harry Potter phenomenon has created a new world: one of Quidditch in the park, lightning earrings, endless parodies, a new genre of music, and fan conferences of epic proportions. This book attempts to document everything — exploring cos­tuming, crafting, gaming, and more, with essays and interviews straight from the multitude of creators. At last, this groundbreak­ing moment of pop culture is brought to light, from the amazing philanthropic triumphs of the Harry Potter Alliance to the many camps and classrooms that have welcomed Harry into their halls. Today’s internet age has formed a new kind of reader: one who devours 800-page books and then creates fanfiction, art, videos, real-life adventures, and more, reimagining the series to reflect a new growing consciousness. From children to adults, fans are delighting the world with an explosion of captivating activities and experiences, all based on Rowling’s delightful series.






Section I: A Deeper Look at Fandom

  1. Harry Potter and a World of Words: Back to Basics in a Time of Advance by Abigail Grant

  2. Quidditch through the 21st Century by Kristina Moy

  3. Harry Potter: Alere Flammas – A Decade in Realtime Improvisational Fanfiction by Julie Andrews and Kate Butler

  4. “Cultural Acupuncture”: Fan Activism and the Harry Potter Alliance by Henry Jenkins

  5. Parodying Potter by Valerie Estelle Frankel

  6. Epilogue? What Epilogue? Re-Visioning the Canon with Fanon by Emily E. Roach

  7. Hermione Granger vs. Bella Swan: Navigating Female Gender Roles through Fan-Produced Visual Media by Lindsey Frank

  8. “It All Ends Here”… Or Does It?: Pottermore and the Future of Fandom by Seana Dombrosky

  9. “You, the Reader”: Interpretive Authority, Rowling, and her Fans by Kasandra Arthur


Section II: The Conferences

  1. A Professor’s Journey to Hogwarts by Valerie Estelle Frankel

  2. Harry Potter: The Exhibition, or what Location Entertainment Adds to a Transmedia Franchise by Henry Jenkins

  3. The Night of a Thousand Wizards by Henry Jenkins

  4. Imagine Better: “Open at the Close” by Neta Kligler Vilenchik


Section III: Fan Interviews

  1. Erin Pyne, author of The Ultimate Guide to the Harry Potter Fandom          

  2. Dinah Bucholz, author of the bestselling The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook    

  3. Gili Bar-Hillel, Hebrew translator of the series

  4. Cornelia Rémi, author of the Harry Potter Bibliography

  5. Eliezer Yudkowsky, author of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

  6. Valerie Estelle Frankel, author of Henry Potty and the Pet Rock

  7. Amber Opsincs, The Gryffindor Common Room Rejects

  8. Scott Vaughan, The Blibbering Humdingers

  9. Ariel Birdoff, Madam Pince and the Librarians

  10. Paul Thomas, The 8th Horcrux

  11. Sam Fischgrund and Kevin Oelze, Silicon Valley Skrewts        

  12. SJSU Original Wizarding League of Spartans (OWLS)

  13. Amy H. Sturgis, lecturer at the Mythgard Institute

  14. Lana Whited, headmistress and creator of Hogwarts Academy

  15. Jeannie Barresi, creator of HP Fan Trips™

  16. Annette Willman, Etsy crafter and fan group founder

  17. Ashley Fitzpatrick, Etsy crafter     

  18. Gary Hall, Whirlwind Wands

  19. Eileen Smith, longtime staff member, Harry Potter Alliance

  20. Eric Scull, longtime staff member, MuggleNet.com     

  21. Droxy, fandom cosplayer, fan artist, site moderator, and fan writer

  22. Perseus and Draco LePage, actors, Lucius and Draco Malfoy

  23. Andrew S. Bates, Mad-Eye Moody, The Order of the Dragon

Final Thoughts



List of Conferences and Symposia

Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations