The Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling has recently sprung to life in many ways. The first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in 1998 in the US (Rowling) and has continuously grown from there. First day sales of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 11 million copies worldwide which definitely reflects the fan base of Harry Potter (Gunelius, 76). The fans of this series, also know as the Harry Potter fandom, have taken the series into their own hands using creativity to bring pieces of the series to life. This becomes an entire subculture that fans have created from the Harry Potter series, but who are those people and what do they do? Some of the fans bring parts of the story to life through cosplay, while others engage in the human (or “muggle”) version of the game of Quidditch, and some fans even create Harry Potter subplots of their own through the writing of fan fiction.
Looking back at the broad subculture of Harry Potter, die-hard fans take it to the next level by bringing Harry Potter to life. As we tie all of the smaller subcultures that lie within the subculture of Harry Potter itself, we notice that this is all interpretation of the series where fans bring it to the real world. Whether it comes from the movies, or the books, the fans go to the extreme when it comes to Harry Potter. To summarize the three different fan interpretations, we see that for each one, they showed a way to bring the world of Harry Potter into the real world.
Next to tie in, we look at the fans that do cosplay. These are real people that go out and create their own costumes to dress like the characters of the Harry Potter series. This was one of the important parts of the subculture since there …
…Red Dress.” [WH017]. Hello Cosplay : Cosplay Costumes :Cosplay Wigs, 2010. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. .
“Online Retailers: Price Discounting, Marketing Tie-Ins, and Distribution Strategies.” Harry Potter: The
Story of a Global Business Phenomenon. Ed. Susan Gunelius. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Macmillan, 2008. 76. Web.
Rowling, J. K., and Mary GrandPre?. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York:A. A. Levine, 1998. Print.
Steinbrink, Brett. “Interview with Brett Steinbrink.” Personal interview. 10 Apr. 2014.
“Wands like Harry Potter ? Harry Potter Style Wooden Magic Wands.” Wands like Harry Potter
Harry Potter Style Wooden Magic Wands. Alivan`s Master Wandmakers, 2014. Web. 16
Apr. 2014. .