Today I am here to welcome two new friends, Shawna and Brandy of Simply Potter to My Fangirl Life to share a guest post about the experience of being Potterheads, aka a hardcore fan of the Harry Potter universe. Can you see yourself in some of these situations? I know I can…
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, unless you’ve gone all summer without a scrap of news, you know that today is the long-awaited film release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
So what exactly does it mean to be a Harry Potter fan?
For many Potterheads, this meant waiting in lines out front of a theater for 2 hours, 5 hours, or maybe camping out all day for the first showing last night!
Potter fans are definitely diehards about their fandom. Here are a few other things that show what it means to be a Potterhead:
Spending countless hours getting your cosplay ready for the next Harry Potter convention
Every Potterhead who’s been to a con knows how serious we are about our cosplay. The things you see are amazing – wagons turned into Hogwarts Express trains, baby carriers turned into mandrake pots, Luna Lovegood lionheads, and spot-on character portrayals. These costumes take time, and plenty of it. Diehard Potterheads spend months before a convention getting their cosplay perfectly crafted.
Scouring the internet to find out what cons Harry Potter stars are going to appear next
Our email inboxes are flooded with newsletters from every convention, hoping to see one of our favorite actors make their way onto to the guest list. Some of our beloved actors make regular appearances making it easier to meet them/get their autograph. However, there are always a select few (*cough* Emma Watson *cough*) who are next to impossible to see. Yet we still take the time to keep up with what they’re currently doing, hoping our paths will magically cross.
Planning an entire trip overseas around the fact that you happened to score tickets to the coveted Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play
Every Potterhead who waited in the queue for Cursed Child play tickets knew that if you got them, you were going. Most of us spent upwards of 6 or so hours waiting for our turn to purchase tickets so it didn’t matter if you lived in the middle of Antarctica… you were going to see the play.
Drinking butterbeer at Universal Studios until you are sick
If you have tried the butterbeer at Universal Studios, you know it is sweet (we are talking stomach-ache inducing sweet) but that does not stop us from drinking one after another. But with hot, cold, frozen, and ice cream varieties, how can you stop at just one?! (Editor’s note: The butterbeer at Universal Studios was nowhere near as sweet as the recipe we once tried at home, which involved pouring butterscotch syrup into cream soda and adding marshmallow topping – verdict: Not as good as Universal.)
Rereading the Harry Potter series, even though your bookshelves are filled with other books
Yes, we like other books, but none will ever compare to Harry Potter. We can try to pick up and read a new book, but we’ll almost always venture back to Hogwarts. And did we even mention all of the other books about the Harry Potter films?! There’s the Artifact, Character, and Creature Vaults as well as Page-to-Screen to keep the Potterhead engaged.
Defending your fandom when you hear “aren’t you a little too old for Harry Potter?”
Is learning to fight for the sake of good over evil childish? Is not accepting what the media puts in front of us something that is for kids? Many themes in Harry Potter are for both children and adults alike. And Potterheads won’t let you forget this either, as the fandom doesn’t have a particular age that dominates it.
Ditching your plans when you find out it’s Freeform’s Harry Potter weekend
Because who has time to go out to a bar or have dinner when Freeform is showing the extended of versions of the Harry Potter movies? Seriously, Harry Potter all day, all weekend. We own all of the DVDs, but there’s just something special about them playing all day on TV. (Editor’s Note: We don’t have Freeform in Canada, but this sounds like a truly magical affair regardless.)
Feeling a tug at your heart every time you hear the word “always”
No matter what the context, if a muggle says this famous one-liner our Potterhead hearts will melt. Hearing this word will never, ever be the same.
Scouring every resale shop/thrift store/garage sale/Goodwill/Barnes & Noble/Hot Topic to find a new collectible to take home
Most Potterheads search for collectibles and Harry Potter memorabilia harder than Voldemort searched for the Elder Wand. Some of our rooms look like the Room of Requirement, filled with all sorts of Harry Potter toys, figures, games, and the like.
Whispering spells under your breath, hoping something will magically happen
At one point in their lives, all Potterheads have tried this. Seriously, look me dead in the eye and tell me you haven’t said “accio” to the remote when you were too lazy to get up or “scourgify” when you saw a giant pile of dishes.
Having more pride for your house than your actual school
Think all Slytherins are evil and all Gryffindors are cocky? They’re not, and Potterheads will be the first to debate their house traits, with in-depth character references, to the death. Be prepared for a lesson son!
Knowing that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home
ABOUT THE TWO POTTERHEADS THAT CREATED THIS LIST:
We are two ladies with an extreme passion for all things Wizarding World. Together we have both spent countless hours creating costumes, making crafts, brewing up recipes, indulging in Harry Potter books and films, and travelling to locations and events such as Universal Studios, the Harry Potter celebration, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, and the Harry Potter studio tour.
If you also have a love for all things Harry Potter, come join us in crafting items and making beloved food from the Harry Potter books and movies and keeping up with wizarding world news events on our blog Simply Potter.