What does it take to be a Potterhead?

In 2011, my love and passion for the Harry Potter series began. Only ten years off the mark of being a fan from the beginning, I've only just begun to read the first two books, hadn't seen any of the movies, and watched the series explode from afar.

There really wasn't any particular reason for me to be excited for the last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, and yet I was. In my gut, there was a feeling that I couldn't let the last movie pass by without going to theaters to see it. And, so I did (four times). Looking back on the past year, I can honestly say that I'm not sure who was I before my love for Harry Potter started.

As a newbie fan, I definitely feel the divide and debate within the community about what it means or takes to be a Potterhead: read the books before watching the movies, read the books period, had to read each book as it came out, like certain ships, dislike other ships, Ron and Harry are the only true pairing, etc. I've definitely gotten my ears full from fans who can't fathom how I became a fan so late in the fandom's lifespan.

As a 2nd year student, I have a lot of regrets. I never got to stand in line for the midnight releases for the books or movies, form my own golden trio (newbie fans are hard to find these days), live out the phenomenon as it happened.  These are things that I'll forever regret never being able to do.

But, I am reading the books. I have seen the movies. There are some experiences I had which I feel are kismet at the time I became a fan, which might not have happened any other way. I regretted not being able to see all the movies on the big screen, and then I got to participate in the the HP Celebration Screenings. Dream come true.

In the things I can't ever do, I hold my biggest regrets. In the things I've done and can't wait to do I'm reminded how much love I have to give to the series like finally reading the rest of the series for the first time. Behind the sobering thought that every fans journey is different than the next, there is still that longing to go back in time and experience it all again....


How do you measure a fan's passion?

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