Fan of the Week: Tim – November 23, 2014
Age 36 – British Columbia, Canada
How did you become a Harry Potter fan?
I’m a little older than the average Potter fan 😉 so I grew up in the era of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I really didn’t discover Harry and his friends until a few years ago when the final film was released. I remember watching/reading news stories about how this series had inspired a whole generation of youth to read again and how many felt that just as Harry was moving on, they too were growing up. For some reason it struck an emotional chord in me, refelecting back on my own youth, and I became very curious. So I read the books and watched the films and have now passed along to my children what it means to be a fan of something great.
What Potter fandom memory would you keep in your Pensieve?
I wasn’t a part of it, but I’m amazed when I read about all of the crazy midnight book releases and midnight movie premieres. That would have been incredible! I’ve had the luxury of only being introduced to Potter after all of the books had finished, so there was no waiting for me. However, I feel future generations of Potter fans will have missed out on something – a big part of the fandom that can never be duplicated.
If you could have one prop from the set of the films, which would it be?
A [V]anishing [C]abinet, with the matching one hidden somewhere warm and sunny.
What was your reaction to the news about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?
Cautiously optimistic. I think that if this is done properly, if JK creates a quality, well[-]crafted screenplay and stays true to the wizarding world without over-indulging (I’m looking at you, Star Wars [p]requel and Hobbit trilogy), then this could be a fantastic way to not only tell the story of Newt and his adventures but [also] to go back in time and explore the history of this world and eventually bridge some of the storylines together. Very cool!