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This page introduces you to all of the key players at MuggleNet. Here you can learn about all of the staff members who keep the magic going behind the scenes.

Founder

Founder

Emerson Spartz

Founder & CEO
One of the houses

I founded MuggleNet 14 years ago. I was 12. I was bored. And homeschooled. Now I'm 26. I graduated from Notre Dame. I have two brothers, Dylan (24 - scroll down) and Drew (14). They are awesome. I play lots of sports. I am a HUGE nerd. I read between 100-200 non-fiction books a year. I'm a pathological optimist.

At first, I thought I was "too cool" for Harry Potter. Wizards, broomsticks?! Kid stuff! Then I read the first two books in one night. And PoA the next night. And started MuggleNet a month later.

I met J.K. Rowling. Yes, it was the highlight of my life. The night Book 7 came out was crazy. I proposed to my wife Gaby Montero at a Chicago Bulls game. She's adorable. Geraldo likes me. This news anchor is dumb.

I co-founded GivesMeHope (it's like FML, but happy) with my wife, and together we operate Spartz Inc. in Chicago, Illinois.

By the way, if you email me and don't get a response back, please don't take it personally. My typing monkeys have been threatening to strike, and my inbox is a disaster area.

Management

Management

Kat Miller

Creative & Marketing Director
Ravenclaw

I credit my obsessive love of Harry Potter to one of my oldest friends, Hope. She convinced me to watch Sorcerer's Stone one hot, sticky summer afternoon, and I was immediately drawn in. I went right out, purchased the books (thru Goblet of Fire), and devoured them in no time. Harry renewed a love for reading that I had long since lost. I stumbled upon MuggleNet shortly after and became a frequent visitor. I was hired in 2006 as a gallery coder, and slowly took on odd jobs. I took over and reinvented Fan of the Week back in February 2009, was promoted to Senior Staff in 2011, then moved to my current Management position in September 2012! You can also find me on MuggleNet's global re-read podcast Alohomora! - of which I am one of the show's co-creators.

When I am not dealing with all things Harry Potter or MuggleNet, you will likely find me photographing a wedding, riding my bike, or at home snuggling with my cats (Tibby & Narcissa). The travel bug has bitten me hard over the last few years, so you may also bump into me in an airport while en route to visiting a friend! I've been lucky in life and can attribute a lot of that to Harry Potter. Without it, I wouldn't have at least 80% of the things that I do today, including my job & closest friends. I'm looking forward to the rejuvenation of the Potter fandom and all of the "fantastic" things that come along with it!

Keith Hawk

Managing Editor
Ravenclaw

I am not the oldest HP fan, but I am one of the most devoted in my age group. I've collected the books as they came out since 2000 for my daughter, but it wasn't until the 2005 release of HBP that I decided to see what this was all about. WOW! I was lost in the world and still love retreating to it today. I have read the series more times than I can recall, and that makes me obsessed, right? I have been lucky enough to be involved in a few conventions and worked my way up to be the Managing Editor here at MuggleNet. I am also heavily devoted to my podcast of MuggleNet Academia as well as hosting Harry Potter Family Feud and Jeopardy whenever possible. Outside of Potter, I play baseball for two different teams and play recreational basketball whenever possible. I also go to school at Strayer University where I currently have a 4.0 GPA, work a full-time job selling Fords and Lincolns, and oh yeah! – I have the best girls in the world as my daughters! My life is always in motion. Long live Harry Potter!

Senior Staff

Senior Staff

Caleb Graves

Contributing Editor
Gryffindor

My MuggleNet journey started with MNI in 2004, then joining staff in 2005. Now I run MNI, co-host Alohomora!, and help with whatever else comes my way. I was lucky enough to grow up pretty much right alongside Harry Potter, as the last book came out right after my senior year of high school. Like most fans, the Harry Potter universe has been a way of life for me, which is why I've hung around these sites for so long.

Away from working on the site, I'm a big sports fan and love playing recreationally with friends, and I also really love to write. I regularly follow politics and current events, and I see myself going in that direction in the future.

Claire Furner

Publicity Assistant - UK
Hufflepuff

Since joining MuggleNet in October 2012 as a News Intern, I have had a total blast. From making the Studio Tour my second home - six times and counting - to experiencing my first LeakyCon, it has probably been one of the geekiest years of my life thus far! I look forward to continuing this trend - in my new role of Publicity Assistant (UK) - as MuggleNet moves into the new and uncharted, but no doubt Fantastic (!!) realms about to be unleashed by WB. In the Muggle world, I play with social media; full time for small businesses and in my own time to talk about TV, film, and, well, Harry Potter. Follow me on Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Vine – claireejfurner should do the trick!

Eric Scull

Contributing Editor
Hufflepuff

I have enjoyed contributing content to MuggleNet since late 2002, when I was very young. Since then, I've traveled around the globe with friends, something that would not have been possible without either the confidence that the Potter books inspired within me or the opportunities that resulted from my work here on the site and on MuggleCast. I was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and now reside in Chicago, Illinois. I have a full-time job and live with two roommates, each with big friendly canines. I enjoy life, and I pursue writing as a passion.

Jessica Jordan

Senior Journalist
Gryffindor

I've been a huge fan of Harry Potter since the year 2000. I even dressed up like him once for a costume contest! I was outraged when I didn't win. Another time, my mother and I drove 800 miles in a car with no air conditioning (in July!) so that I could visit the Knight Bus when it was on tour for Deathly Hallows. In the end, it was all worth it because now I am a MuggleNet staff member! I'm thrilled to be a part of the MuggleNet team, bringing all the latest HP news to fans. In my real life, I'm currently a senior at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, majoring in English, Theatre, and Classical Civilization.

News

News

Aimee Krenz

Source Editor
Slytherin

Harry Potter came into my life in my twenties, about a year before the first film came out. I devoured the first four books in a matter of days, and took days off of work when the new books were released, just so I could have my Harry Potter book first and devoured without any interruptions. I still remember how it felt to see Harry get his wand in the previews for the first film, and how I came away from the movie saying it was exactly how I had pictured it when reading the book. I'm still a Potter fan (though how I ended up in Slytherin House, I'll never know) and always will be. When not reading or watching Harry Potter, I work full time for a design company while attending college full time working towards my Bachelor's in English degree. I love photography, writing, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. If there's a pool to swim in, you can bet I'll be in it.

Alison Siggard

Journalist
Gryffinpuff

I've been a Harry Potter fanatic for as long as I can remember; I first read the books when I was about five or six (I could barely reach the shelf!), and I've since read them over 50 times each. The worst punishment my mom used to use on me was taking the books away; she even hid Order of the Phoenix from me so that she and my siblings could read it before it became permanently attached to my hands. I first stumbled upon MuggleNet through MuggleCast a few years ago, and was so excited to find there were people just as obsessed as I was! I became involved in the Alohomora! section from the beginning, and was asked to be a moderator on the forums (pen name: Ali Wood). I was so excited when, after applying on a whim, I was accepted to be a news intern, and it's been one of the most fun things I've done. I'm a college student at Brigham Young University, and when I'm not obsessing over HP, you can probably find me studying to be an English teacher, writing, reading, working at the bowling alley, playing my flute or singing, playing tennis, getting into shenanegins with my roommates and friends, or daydreaming over traveling. If you want to imagine me, imagine Hermione – I've been told that I both look and act exactly like her, from the bossiness to the frizzy hair!

Catherine Lai

Journalist
Ravenclaw

My first Harry Potter book was bought for me by my mom in late 1999 because she had read a good review of it. At first, I refused to read it because my mom had been buying me so many books that I was annoyed and I couldn't read them all! It wasn't until a few months later that I decided to finally try it out. Suddenly, I was hooked! I found MuggleNet in 2005, and have been visiting it to get my Harry Potter news ever since. By immersing myself in the fandom, I've met so many awesome people and made friends I never would have found otherwise. In the Muggle world, I recently got my Bachelor’s degree in Geography, and I love traveling, reading, and genealogy.

Laura Medicoff

Journalist
Gryffindor

I began reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at seven years old, once the fear that the previews for the first film had instilled in me had finally worn off. And so my passion for all things Potter was set into motion, and has not stopped for a moment since. The highlight of my life has undoubtedly been "meeting" J.K. Rowling and shaking her hand at her recent book signing in NYC. I literally almost fainted. I was first introduced to MuggleNet around 2005, and I am very excited to now be a part of the incredible website that made me realize that I was not the only Harry Potter devotee out there, not by a long shot. Beyond the Potter-verse, I will begin my first year of university this fall at Mount Allison University, studying biology.

Rachel Hartnett

Journalist
Ravenclaw

I was first introduced to Harry Potter in the 6th grade. My sister devoured the books after her friend recommended them, and I soon followed suit. Only the first three books had been released and I was anxious to read more. The following summer, Goblet of Fire was published and I proudly waited in line at midnight to get my copy. Little did I know that Harry Potter was just the first step on my literary journey. Although I had always enjoyed reading, Harry Potter was the book that got me interested in writing. I found MuggleNet just after the release of Order of the Phoenix. My friends and I were obsessed with the site while the books were being released. Now that I am a member of the MuggleNet team, I couldn't be happier. This is a dream come true!

I just graduated with my Bachelor's in English from Florida Atlantic University. I plan on pursuing my Master's in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature in the Fall of 2014. My dream is to write fantasy and science fiction novels professionally. When not working, I am writing short stories or trying to enjoy the beach and the Florida sunshine. Still a bibliophile, I read any book that I can lay my hands on.

Sophie Reid

Journalist
Hufflepuff

Harry Potter has always been a part of my life. I grew up alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione, eagerly awaiting every book and film release, and anything else that was related! Harry has been a huge inspiration to me and a constant support when things have been rough. I can’t imagine my life without the books. Meeting J.K. Rowling in 2013 at the book signing was a huge moment for me, although I can’t remember much of it and I’m not entirely sure that it happened...

I am delighted to be here now, and to have the opportunity to get even more involved in the Harry Potter community and give something back. I am currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing. I spend most of my time writing in some way, or with a book in my hand, normally clutching a cup of tea or coffee. I am passionate about writing for children and young people. Other than Harry Potter, I love McFly, Daphne du Maurier, Doctor Who, StarKid, baking, and windsurfing.

Toni Cooper

Journalist
Slytherin

I've been an obsessed Harry Potter fan since I was about nine or ten. It's hard to keep track of how many times I've read the books and watched the films, but I could never get sick of them... ever. My love for it grows constantly and there's hardly a day that goes by where I don't make some sort of reference to it. Whenever I've needed to check out Potter-related updates, MuggleNet is always my source and I am seriously excited to have joined the team! I finally get to pair together HP and journalism; it's like it was meant to happen!

In other news, I'm a Film and Media graduate and my goal is to become a film journalist. I'm trying to gain as much experience as possible so that one day this will hopefully happen. I adore anything film related and this includes waiting out like a lunatic at premieres for my favorite movie stars to arrive. I am a definite fangirl and proud of it. At the moment, I spend time volunteering at a theatre.

Veronica Lloyd

Journalist
Gryffindor

I was introduced to Harry Potter at the age of seven when my aunt sent me Sorcerer's Stone as a Halloween present. My mom told me that I couldn't see the first movie, which came out the next month, until I finished the book. I sped through it as fast as I could, sparking an obsession that cannot be contained. Since then, keeping up to date with all things Potter-related has become part of my daily routine. When I first discovered MuggleNet, I knew it would be my favorite site for all things Potter. It became my online home page for years, and I even met one of my good friends in the MN comments. Harry Potter is the one thing that never fails to put me in a good mood. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful memories the series has provided me with over the years. Outside of Harry Potter, I'm a student at Saint Mary's College of California. I dedicate a lot of time to writing in hopes to one day write a novel. I'm also a passionate runner, reader, and blogger, and I watch too many TV shows.

Callum Lloyd Thomas

Journalist Intern
Gryffindor

I have been a huge Harry Potter fan since a friend bought me the first three books for my eighth birthday. I fell in love with the alluring world that J.K. Rowling had created, and I quickly became attached to these incredibly nuanced, complex characters. I have fond memories of waiting in line on release day to buy the last three books at my local bookstore and eagerly devouring each one as if my life depended on it. I have been fortunate enough to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida twice and I have also been to the Studio Tour in Leavesden, both of which I enjoyed immensely. I am delighted to now be working on a site which I myself have visited for many years and which I consider to be the best source for everything Potter. Other than Harry Potter, I enjoy acting, reading, watching films, and traveling.

Elise Radzieski

Journalist Intern

For as long as I can remember, I have loved stories. Whether in movies, books, or TV shows, I can't help but become engrossed in fantasy worlds. And like many of us here on MuggleNet, I first discovered this magic in the Harry Potter series. Ever since then, Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life. My first friendships were created while discussing who Hermione would end up with, and J.K. Rowling inspired me to want to be an author myself.

Since graduating high school, I haven’t had many people to discuss my love of Harry Potter with, so I am beyond excited to become a part of the MuggleNet team and connect with people who share my obsession. I am also a Whovian, a Half Blood, and Erudite, but Harry will always hold a special spot in my heart.

Hayley Bowling

Journalist Intern
Ravenclaw

I got into Harry Potter in early 2011 when my best friends bribed me by saying if I read the whole series, they would give me a cupcake. I instantly fell in love, and to this day I regret not discovering the magical world years sooner. I discovered MuggleNet through MuggleCast shortly after, and I'm beyond excited to have received an internship position!

Not only did I receive a new passion (and a cupcake) through Harry Potter, the series catapulted me into the realm of fandoms, and I've never looked back. I have since discovered the wonders of Merlin, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Lord of the Rings, and many more. Other than fangirling over fiction, I spend my time attending high school, reading, writing, acting, working with rescued horses, designing costumes for theater productions at my school, listening to podcasts, and spending time with my two rabbits.

John Saylor

Journalist Intern
Hufflepuff

I started reading Harry Potter around the time the fourth novel was released. I remember getting the first book for Christmas when I was little and not really having any idea what it is or the impact it would have on my life. Since then, I've collected all kinds of memorabilia, books, movies, and other trinkets from the series. My apartment is even decorated to look like it could be from the Harry Potter world, and I've already visited the park in Florida twice! The Harry Potter series was even the topic of the conversation that kicked off my current four-year relationship and has been a source of inspiration in my life since then. I have even developed an extensive incentive program for my staff at work where everyone is sorted into a Hogwarts house and competes in bi-weekly Quidditch matches!

When I saw the opportunity to become an intern for MuggleNet, a site that I had long since followed, I was excited to apply but never really thought anything would come of it. I am extremely lucky and happy to be here writing for the site now. It will give me some valuable experience while allowing me to further pursue a fandom that I already love. I currently manage a theater and am finishing up my degree as of summer 2014. In addition to Harry Potter, I am a member of many other fun and nostalgic fandoms: Buffy the Vampire SlayerPokémon, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones. I also really enjoy horror movies (Halloween is my favorite), traveling, and building up my fantastically nerdy collections.

Content

Content

Felicia Grady

Copy Editor
Hufflepuff

I discovered Harry Potter in 1999, and have always bought the books and seen the movies as soon as they were available. I have followed MuggleNet since discovering it in 2005 and began transcribing for Alohomora! in July 2012, moving up to Assistant Senior Transcript Editor in May 2013, and being asked to join staff as Copy Editor in September 2013. I very much look up to the character of Hermione. Because of her strong will, intelligence, compassion, and loyalty, she is my role model.

Laura Reilly

Video Editor
Gryffindor

When I was seven, I made a deal with my mom: I was only allowed to see the Sorcerer's Stone movie, which she deemed "too scary," if I read the book first. So I did, and an obsession was born. I started visiting MuggleNet when I was eight and I've been an avid reader ever since. I've also always been a huge fan of MuggleCast, which got me involved in the online Harry Potter community. While Harry will always be my biggest passion, my other hobbies include playing piano and guitar, listening to music, and rock climbing. I am studying journalism and cultural anthropology in school, and I'm thrilled to be able to combine my love of writing with my love of Harry Potter by working at MuggleNet!

Tracey Wong

Senior Transcript Editor
Ravenclaw

I have been a contributor of MuggleNet since February 2009, working as a transcriber for MuggleCast before being asked to join the MuggleNet staff in early 2012. I don't remember exactly when I started reading the Harry Potter books, but it was probably around 1999/2000. I did not discover the online fan community until much later, but I am forever grateful that I did in the end as it taught me to always stay true to myself and introduced me to so many lifelong friends. I love anything and everything to do with Harry Potter, including the fansites, podcasts, wizard rock, and various Harry Potter related YouTube channels. I have graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Commercial Law, Graduate Diploma in Commerce in Information Systems, and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Information Systems with First Class Honours.

Alexandra Maher

Content
Ravenclaw

I have been a fan of the Harry Potter movies since the beginning but I didn't get into the books until much later, finally finishing Deathly Hallows in 2009. In October 2010, I applied to be a MuggleCast transcriber, and I proceeded to eagerly volunteer to transcribe for Alohomora! and MuggleNet Academia in 2012. After corresponding for MuggleNet in November 2012, I was offered a staff position and gladly accepted!

I'm currently studying a double degree – Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Management)/Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology – at the University of Western Sydney. I fill my free time with photography, reading, dance classes, podcasts, and endless amounts of Harry Potter and StarKid. I recently discovered my love for travel and cannot wait to continue exploring the world.

Eliza Kirby

Content
Ravenclaw

I haven't been a Harry Potter fan since the very beginning, but I came pretty close. I started reading the series in 1999 when I was nearly seven. I was instantly obsessed. Since then, I've done many ridiculous fangirly things, including (but not limited to): decorating my house like Hogwarts for the release of Order of the Phoenix, making my parents pick me up a day early from summer camp so I could get Deathly Hallows at midnight, and not-so-sneakily stalking Emma Watson when she came to my college to see a concert.

Outside of the HP fandom, I'm a senior at Oberlin College, where I study Creative Writing and French. Currently, I work for Figment, where I turn my useless knowledge of pop culture into something useful.

Kevin Assam

Content
Gryffindor

I still don't know why my first Potter book (Prisoner of Azkaban) was in a vintage toy shop. But after paying $1 for Sorcerer's Stone in a yard sale, being gifted Chamber of Secrets at age seven, and stumbling upon my cousin's Goblet of Fire's awesome dragon cover, I figured I had a calling for the strange. Since delving into the pages of the wicked wizarding world, I have explored just that. HP taught me that every single experience you have, no matter how minuscule, is worth it and (with hard and smart work) leads to an incredible "walks through Hogwarts for the first time!" moment.

That's probably why outside of HP I've managed to tick off some unforgettable destinations (Paris, Prague, Vienna, London) on a scanty budget, and am constantly looking (and saving) to travel more. I've run my own tarot card and palm reading business, and have had wonderful and not-so-great work experiences in garment designing and production, business, publishing, social media, writing, and being a PA. I've just graduated from secondary school and am preparing for a gap year which will see me through to NY, London, and the Far East... I believe!

Michele Hannon

Content
Gryffindor

With a passion for the written word, dragons, and shenanigans ever since my youth, reading the Harry Potter series at age eight led to a lifelong pursuit of wanting to simultaneously devour and create stories. Getting to work for MuggleNet is one of the many exciting ways I get to live out this passion, as I've been an avid fan of the site pretty much since its inception. A proud Philadelphian and recent grad of Temple University's Film and Media program, I spend most days writing, directing, or producing work for my independent film production company, Mirrorwall Films, which I also founded. As Director of Operations for the group, I've gotten the chance to be part of some amazing film productions and am in the developmental stages of a web series, which hopes to give its viewers all the feels. When not busy being a self proclaimed "professional nerd," I love photography, fangirling on Tumblr, writing novels, and finding little things in life to smile about.

Noah Fried

Content
Hufflepuff

I found MuggleNet back in 2006 after it was featured on J.K. Rowling's personal website. I thought the latter site was amazing because the author herself was answering fan questions and there were secret doors, etc., but when I got to MuggleNet and discovered the novelty of endless Harry Potter news (as well as the 30+ available backgrounds for me to choose from), I became really hooked. The sense of community among the fans was incredibly strong, and I felt fulfilled knowing that I was part of that movement. It was inevitable that I would appeal to the staff there and do everything in my power to join the ranks – which I did do.

While working at MuggleNet the past six years or so, I've managed several sections of the site – including Fan Art, Level 9, and Editorials – and I also founded and maintained for a time a brand-new section packed with short essays I called "Quibbles" where fans got to share a mixed bag of theories and creative postulations about the series. Later, while at a party in Florence, Italy, I had another big idea – after some planning and excited conversation, Kat, Caleb, Rosie, and I founded a podcast called Alohomora! and it has been a real adventure ever since.

Victoria Velasco

Content
Ravenclaw

I have been a Potterhead since 2005 after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released, however I have known about the boy wizard since 1999. The Potter books were the first novels that I ever cared about, and they have led me to so many other enjoyable things. I got my first glimpse into the Potter fandom from MuggleNet in 2009, and fell in love with MuggleCast and fan fiction. I am a Hufflepuff with Ravenclaw tendencies. Now, my life revolves around Harry Potter, StarKid, and Doctor Who, and the rest just passes through. J.K. Rowling has also led me to other great authors such as Dan Brown.

In my real life, I am studying to be a graphic designer. I love to travel, Venice being my favorite city. Plus, in my free time you can find me surfing YouTube, taking walks by the beach, listening to music, or burying my nose in a book.

Social Media

Social Media

MuggleNet Interactive

MuggleNet Interactive

Cortnie Cogan

Co-Headmistress
Ravenclaw

The first time I was introduced into the world of Harry Potter was in my 12th grade AP Spanish class where we read PS in Spanish and watched the movie for practice. From there, I was immediately sucked into the fandom and all things about it. I found MuggleNet one day doing a search online for Harry Potter news, and from there I was introduced to MuggleNet Interactive.

Aside from working with MNI and hanging out around its forums, I’m a California native that just moved back to this fantastic state from the Washington, DC area. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Classics with an emphasis in Archaeology, and it's something I’m still very passionate about, and I hope to pursue a graduate degree in Classics in the near future so that I may pursue a career in the field.

I'm very passionate about books and reading, and if I'm not online it's very likely that I've got my nose buried in a book. I’m also an avid online gamer, spending time outside of MuggleNet with some awesome people on World of Warcraft.

Lastly, I very much enjoy traveling and visiting different places around the world. I haven't gotten a chance to do nearly as much of that as I'd like to, but I've found that getting to see different things both inside the US and out have been some of the most interesting and fun experiences of my life.

Tina Short

Co-Headmistress
Slytherin

I discovered the Harry Potter fandom later than many fans at 19 years old. Midway through my second year at university, a good friend and huge fan of the series convinced me to read the first book. I was immediately hooked and bought Books 2, 3, and 4, then waited anxiously with thousands if not millions of other fans, for the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I found MuggleNet in 2004 and joined the staff at MuggleNet Interactive (MNI) in November 2005. Since then, I've held the positions of Professor (Potions), Prefect, Head Girl, and now Deputy Headmistress. Over the years, I've watched the site evolve in so many ways and have had the chance to meet so many wonderful people, some of whom are now my closest friends.

Away from the HP fandom, I just finished my graduate degree in Anthropology. I'm a huge fan of musical theatre and dance, particularly ballet which I studied intensively while growing up. I play with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for fun, though I don't consider myself an artist by any means, and have done quite a few of the graphics for MNI over the years. When I'm not working or working on MNI, I can usually be found relaxing with my roommates, watching movies, or curled up with a good book.

MuggleNet Fan Fiction

MuggleNet Fan Fiction

Michael Harle

MuggleNet AudioFictions
Hufflepuff

Michael is your resident Project Manager and Host of MuggleNet Fan Fiction’s AudioFictions podcast, as well as a MerMuggle Reader on the show. He also voices the chapter intros for (and occasionally appears on) Alohomora! His favorite installment of the Potter series is Prisoner of Azkaban (both the book and film) and he (almost) shares a birthday with his favorite character, Remus Lupin. A complete Hufflepuff at heart, Michael resides in sunny New Mexico, where he is infamous for throwing incredible Harry Potter parties and playing Quidditch in the backyard with friends. His driveway even has a Hogwarts lamppost so that Hogwarts is always there to welcome him home. When not tending to his overflowing Potter collection, Michael is steeped in other hobbies and activities, including movie-viewing (favoring the animated works of Disney and Studio Ghibli), reading, video-gaming, playing with LEGOs, '90s nostalgia-bombing, and volunteering at his local library. He is also the Events Coordinator at a local independent bookstore. Michael graduated from his local university in 2011 with a BA in Media Arts and a minor in Theater. He plans to pursue his goal of becoming a successful voiceover artist and earning a Master’s in Library Science.

Rosie Morris

MNFF Administrator
Hufflepuff

Having a parent who works with books is amazing. As a child, I was introduced to the most fantastic stories as soon as they hit the shelves, and since then I've always had a pile to read at any one given moment. I've been a Potter fan since the very first book was released when I was six, so I think it’s safe to say I grew up with the series like so many fans. I've been on MuggleNet for over eight years now, first as a fan and then as staff over on the fan fiction site. Those of you who use that site will know me as Roxy Black, and I'm very proud to be bridging the gap between MNFF and main site these days. I'm currently in the final year of my degree in English and Comparative Literatures, and hope to teach in the next few years and inspire more kids to get into reading!

Transcribers

Transcribers

Aimee Schechter

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Ravenclaw

I am a transcriber for Alohomora! and Hogwarts Radio. My parents introduced me to the Harry Potter books when I was five and I haven't stopped reading them since. Fun fact: I was born on the day Philosopher's Stone was first published in the UK. I joined the Hogwarts Radio team a few years ago when I heard they were hiring because I was dying to contribute to the Harry Potter community in a bigger way. There I learned how much I enjoyed transcribing and joined the Alohomora! team. I am a Ravenclaw and math is my favorite subject in school. My favorite Harry Potter characters are Dobby and Luna, though I once loved Draco Malfoy with all my heart. In addition to Harry Potter, I love Doctor Who, StarKid, Downton Abbey, and Star Wars. I enjoy horseback riding, cheering on the Red Sox, acting, singing, and reading. You can follow me on Twitter to chat about any of these things.

Aldrin Francisco

Transcriber - MuggleCast
Hufflepuff

One of the only good things to come out of 6th grade was Harry Potter, which our teacher read to us, and that was my introduction to the world of Harry Potter. Ever since then, Harry Potter has become a big part of my life. I love participating in the Harry Potter fandom. Besides Harry Potter, I love listening to music, so my iPod is always near. I also rap in my spare time. Watching movies has become a hobby of mine after I took a Film as Literature class in high school (thanks, Mr. Burrows!). I'm also big on sports; I support the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco Giants, and Boston Red Sox to death. Other than that, I'm just a pretty quiet, shy guy who loves to laugh and let the good times roll.

Ayah Abdul-Rauf

Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Ravenclaw

I've had a passion for Harry Potter since I was seven or eight. I'm looking for a literary agent and just starting to get my writing career off the ground! I have over one hundred handwritten journals. I write novels about Somatoform disorders in men and boys. Cope Syndrome is my favorite project and I've been working on it for five years. It's about a boy who wants to be kidnapped. I am also working on an illustrated poetry collection called Trachea and hope to release it soon. I've visited MuggleNet since I was eleven and I'm excited to be joining the community!

Blakeley Shaw

Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Hufflepuff

I am a proud Hufflepuff based at Hofstra University in New York. I love hummus, fuzzy things, boxed wine, and working Potter references into everyday class work. My favorite character is Ginny and nothing makes me more angry than the time Harry refused to open the mirror Sirius got him for Christmas.

Christy Orr

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Ravenclaw

I first became a Harry Potter fan when I got the first three books for Christmas when I was eleven. From then on, it's been non-stop Harry Potter for me. I have an (annoying?) habit of being able to bring Harry Potter into any conversation. I've spent most of my Harry Potter fan life being aware of the online fandom but never really participating. I decided that now is the time to contribute! I'm so happy to work as a transcriber and help out my favorite fandom!

I majored in Film and Video Studies at George Mason University. Besides Harry Potter, I enjoy video blogging, watching movies, listening to boy bands, and playing Pokémon. I swear I'm not five years old.

Conrad Triebold

Transcriber - MuggleCast, MuggleNet Academia
Ravenclaw

I'm a Biology/Pre-Med student who loves books (which is not as rare as one might think). I started reading Harry Potter the summer of 2008. Both the Harry Potter books and movies were banned in my home growing up, which is why I came to the series so late. (I have never been able to go to a book or movie midnight release party, something that I'll always regret.) Ever since 2008 though, Harry Potter has been a huge and amazing (although mostly surreptitious) part of my life.

Desta Pulley

Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Ravenclaw

I saw the first Harry Potter movie on my ninth birthday, fell in love with it, and proceeded to read all of the books. I was rather disappointed when I didn't get my Hogwarts letter (but really, who wasn't?). I started listening to MuggleCast in early 2010 and became a transcriber later that year.

 Currently, I am in my senior year of high school, hoping to attend Swarthmore College. Besides Harry Potter, I am a Nerdfighter and a complete fangirl of everything from anime to Star Trek. I am a brown belt in Shito-ryu karate, and I enjoy singing, theatre, cosplay, and long walks on the beach.

Elise De Los Santos

Transcript Editor - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Ravenclaw

I'm a journalism and history major at Northwestern University. I discovered Harry Potter when I was in 3rd grade and everything just snowballed from there. I read fan fiction, wrote fan fiction, attended midnight book release parties, bought movie tickets weeks in advance, collected numerous and mostly useless Harry Potter memorabilia, and developed a huge crush on Dan Radcliffe. MuggleCast is the reason I survived the years between Books 6 and 7, so I'm absolutely thrilled to be helping out in any capacity. When I'm procrastinating doing homework, I like to watch the latest BBC mini-series, catch up on the latest breaking entertainment news, and mess around on my blog.

Emily Cross

Transcriber - MuggleCast
Gryffindor

Obsessed with Harry Potter from a young age after seeing the first film (despite my mother's protests that it would be too "boyish" and "scary" for me), I've grown up an avid fan of the series and consequently the amazing MuggleNet and MuggleCast! I'm currently in my final year at school and will hopefully be starting university in September undertaking a degree in Psychology.

Emily McDonald

Transcriber - MuggleCast
Gryffindor

I have followed along the series all through elementary school since many of my friends were fans but I had not read the books. I stubbornly thought I would not like them for I had at the time not liked fantasy books very much, but about the time Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (movie) was coming out I finally dived into the books and since then I have never looked back.

Eric Rakestraw

Transcript Editor - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Ravenclaw

My aunt introduced me to the Harry Potter books in 2000 and I finished reading the first book on May 3. A month later, I had finished the first three books and was ready to buy the fourth book the day it came out. I happened upon MuggleNet in the summer of 2003 after I finished reading the fifth book and was immediately drawn to the editorials. I am quite a bit older than most of you people here but I still consider myself a devoted Harry Potter fan. Keep up the great work, and don't stop with the MuggleCast and Alohomora! episodes!

Erica Lee

Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Slytherin

I have been a regular visitor of MuggleNet since I was thirteen years old, so working for the site has become a dream come true for me. I first got into Harry Potter when I was eight, when my mum bought me a copy of Sorcerer's Stone as an attempt to curb my TV addiction. Soon afterward, I established a reputation in my elementary school as being a diehard Potterphile, something that has carried over into adulthood. Currently, I am a senior studying English Literature and Education at UC Santa Cruz (GO SLUGS!) with the ambition of becoming an English teacher overseas. When I'm not in class, bombarding my professors with pop culture references, I can be found knitting, sewing, practicing archery, watching cat videos on YouTube, and duking it out in Humans vs. Zombies matches. And I honestly wish JKR included more Inferi in her books just so I can see Harry go Ash Williams on them in the movies. Then again, there's probably a fanfic for that.

Heather Kahraman

Transcriber - MuggleCast
Ravenclaw

I've been transcribing for MuggleCast since 2007. During that time, I've moved five times, lived in three different countries on three different continents, and received a Master's degree. I have two daughters who I've read the first three books to (we listened to the rest on audio) and who have seen most of the movies. The oldest loves the series almost as much as I do.

Jean Bachen

Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleCast, MuggleNet Academia

I started reading the Harry Potter books sometime between the releases of Books 3 and 4, and never looked back. We are such fans in my house that when Book 6 came out, each adult in the house had to get his/her own copy. See, it was released right before I gave birth to twins, and my mother-in-law, who was staying with us to help out, made a comment about how she was going to get to read my book before me because I would be busy giving birth. And I said, "No way, get your own." So she did. And then my husband tried to steal my copy, and I threatened him as well, so he ended up buying yet another copy. What can I say except don't mess with a hormonal woman and her Harry Potter books! Anyway, now the twins are five and a half, and I am mostly a stay-at-home mom to them. I am really excited to be a transcriber as it gives me an excuse to ignore the dirty dishes and listen to the podcast instead!

Kaytee Schwartz

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Hufflepuff

I started reading Harry Potter in 1999 when my younger brother told me about this book series about wizard school. I was in middle school at the time and I thought wizards were super lame and dorky, but I decided to give it a try. I was pretty skeptical after I read the title of the first chapter, and even more so after I read the first sentence. I was quite convinced it was going to be awful. However, I read the first chapter anyway and was totally hooked. I have been a HUGE fan ever since! I have a degree in Zoology and Animal Management, and my dearest ambition in life is to work at Disney's Animal Kingdom and moonlight at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. A girl can dream after all.

Kristin Backert

Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Hufflepuff

I first read Harry Potter when I was seven and immediately became obsessed. It inspired me to become an author and it introduced me to an amazing fandom. I became a transcriber for MuggleCast in 2010, and today I work on transcripts for both the MuggleCast and Alohomora! podcasts. When not geeking out over HP, I'm usually found writing short stories (woot for being an English major!), tutoring peers about writing in my university, proofing scripts for manga scanlation groups, and cheering for the NY Yankees.

Lakshmi Menon

Transcript Editor - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Slytherin

My love for the Potter series began shortly after the release of Goblet of Fire. After I was done reading the first four books about a dozen times each and leaving their covers the worse for wear, I stumbled across the fansite awards on Jo's site. MuggleNet --> click --> and the rest, as they say, was history. ;) I've been an ardent listener of MuggleCast for over five years now. I first started working as a transcriber for MuggleCast in February 2009 and then moved on to become an editor a few months later. I recently joined the Alohomora! transcript team as an editor. When not scouring MuggleNet to fulfill my craving for more Harry Potter related news, I spend my time reading mangas like Naruto and Bleach, and developing games for the PC and Xbox.

Laura Beall

Transcript Editor - MuggleCast
Hufflepuff

I started as a transcriber for MuggleCast in February 2007. Eventually, I moved into being an editor and have been ever since! I recently finished my undergraduate education at the University of South Dakota, holding degrees in Biology and Anthropology. Besides Harry Potter, I am also interested in American pottery, geology, and being outdoors. I started listening to MuggleCast when it began and became hooked right away. Being a transcriber/editor has given me a great opportunity to meet other Potter fans, and given my family an opportunity to quit being forced to listen to all my theories and speculations.

Leah Wittenberg

Transcriber - MuggleCast

I started reading Harry Potter over twelve years ago when my parents bought the first book for my sister and she showed no interest. I picked it up instead and I was hooked from the first page! I've been a listener of MuggleCast since 2006 and a fan of MuggleNet since way before that. It's so awesome to be a part of an amazing community. When I'm not transcribing, I teach high school math! In my spare time, I knit, read, and watch the NY Yankees and NY Jets beat some other mediocre team. Go MULES!

Mariam Ahmed

Transcript Editor - MuggleCast

I became a Harry Potter fan when I received Chamber of Secrets for my seventh birthday. Since then, the series and its fandom have made a huge impact on my life. I started listening to MuggleCast in 2006 and I am so thrilled to be an editor now.

Marissa Reynolds

Transcriber - MuggleCast
Ravenclaw

I fell in love with Ron Weasley when I was 9. I am a Ravenclaw and I say "Lumos" when I flip a light switch. I am a host for Hogwarts Radio and do a lot of the behind-the-scenes work for the site as well. Other than Potter, I love to read, bake, craft, hunt, camp, and just spend time with the ones I love. I'm annoyingly optimistic and am a PhD candidate in Chemistry at the University of Arkansas (WPS!!).

Maritza Cardona

Transcriber - MuggleCast
Gryffindor

I completed my BA in Education (Teaching English as a Second Language) and I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Literature. Needless to say, I love reading. However, I did not want to read the Harry Potter series. After a couple of friends of mine promised me that I would like the series, I gave it a shot. They were wrong: I loved it. I read the first three books in days and then I counted the days for the release of the fourth. I had officially become a fan. I started listening to MuggleCast in 2007 and joined the MuggleCast transcript team in 2010. When I am not writing my thesis, I watch TV, read (mostly Horror, Fantasy, and Young Adult lit), listen to podcasts, and travel. I've met wonderful people through Harry Potter and it will always have a special place in my heart.

Meg Scott

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Ravenclaw

I have been a hardcore Potter fan since 2001 and hardcore college art student since 2011. I enjoy warm weather, hot tea, music, and eating. I met J.K. Rowling herself in October of 2012 and it's been my Patronus memory ever since.

Michael Jacoby

Transcriber - Alohomora!

I first got interested in Harry Potter in April 2003, when I was eleven years old. I got the Chamber of Secrets DVD for Easter of that year. I liked the film and DVD, and the following summer, my family and I saw the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, the first Potter movie I saw in the theater. I remember seeing the film at least four times that summer. We later went on to see the remaining films in the theater later on. In July 2010, my family and I went to the Wizarding World at Universal Studios Florida. My mom was picked by Ollivander to get a wand (similar to the scene in the Sorcerer's book/movie). We also stayed in this large condo; it was really nice! The Florida trip was good, except that it was too crowded and too hot! The following summer, we went to the Harry Potter Exhibition when it was at Discovery Times Square; we got there on an Academy bus. We plan to go there again this Christmas time when it returns to Discovery Times Square.

My activities include drawing, Photoshopping, surfing the Internet, watching YouTube videos, and writing little stories, often in screenplay format. From 2001 to 2006, I attended a program called Animation Arts. I was the youngest student present when I first went there. I made little animated shorts and pieces of animation, such as a ball bouncing up and down. For high school, I went to the vocational school Burlington County Institute of Technology, on the campus in Medford, NJ, focusing on Computer Science; I was part of the class of 2010. I went to a local community college, Burlington County College, from 2010 to 2012, getting an AA Liberal Arts degree. I have since transferred to Rutgers, The State of New Jersey, Camden campus since September 2012, getting a degree in Graphic Design.

Nicolette Mok

Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Slytherin

I am a student in the Muggle world, where I major in English Literature. I enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and goofing off with friends - when I'm not too busy fantasizing about wielding an actual wand, that is. Of course, my greatest dream is to be able to meet Jo Rowling in person (and not faint out of sheer awe). A proud Potterhead since 1998, I fell head-over-heels in love with Sirius Black when I read that he lived off rats in Goblet of Fire. I've been a fan of MuggleNet for more than a decade now and have finally decided that it's probably time for me to contribute something to this brilliant site that has done so much to help keep my hunger for all things Potter satiated. I'm definitely grateful to be a part of this indefatigable fandom. So here I am!

Nicole Beck

Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleCast, MuggleNet Academia

I was actually forced by my mother to read Harry Potter to my younger sister, who is dyslexic. Since we are seven years apart, we didn't have a lot in common when I was in high school. After the first couple of chapters my mom said I could stop, but by that time I was hooked. My younger sister and I have camped out for every book and every movie since that first book, and have a deeper relationship because of it. I wouldn't trade Harry Potter or what it has done for me for anything in the world. I am so happy to be a part of a site that we have followed together for some time now.

Olivia Notter

Transcript Editor - MuggleCast
Ravenclaw

I'm a film fanatic, avid reader, tea drinker, and occasional knitter. I've been transcribing for MuggleCast quite a few years now and have loved being a part of the transcribing team! The Harry Potter fan community is just one of those I love to be embedded in. In my day to day, I'm a graphic designer and professional transcriber for film and TV production, and have aspirations to go to grad school for museum studies at some point in the near future.

Pablo Galaviz, Jr. (PJ)

Transcriber - MuggleCast

I started reading Harry Potter right before Goblet of Fire came out and was hooked instantly. I tried to get all of my friends to read it and was even successful in some cases. I started listening to MuggleCast at Episode 100, almost three years ago, and have been addicted since. I became a member of the transcription team in February 2009, which I enjoy profusely. Being even a small part of something that so many people (including me) enjoy so much is a real honor. I'm really just a huge nerd. I love to read and it startles me that more people don't. I also love to sing, though I am my own worst critic.

Rachel Iversen

Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Hufflepuff

I first explored the mysterious world of Harry Potter in 8th grade when I began reading the books for a class reading contest. Shortly after, I saw Goblet of Fire in theaters. Inspired by the movies and books, my imagination was suddenly unleashed. My love for learning, connecting with others, and sharing ideas through Harry Potter only continues to grow each year. It's definitely a dream come true to be able to contribute to MuggleNet as a transcriber. Currently, I go to school at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego where I'm studying acupuncture, herbalism, and tai chi. For fun, I enjoy listening to podcasts like this one, dancing, writing letters to friends, being with family, walking my dogs, and playing soccer. I hope to one day soon play some Muggle Quidditch as well!

Sarah Baldock

Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Hufflepuff

I'm 23 and from Yorkshire in the UK. In my spare time, I run a YA book review blog called Total Teen Fiction. Some of my favorite YA books are The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Delirium, Geek Girl, and Code Name Verity. I love volunteering, reading, listening to podcasts, and watching TV, and some of my favorite shows include Friends, House, and New Girl. My favorite Potter book is Half-Blood Prince and favorite character is Ginny. I first discovered MuggleNet after finishing Deathly Hallows and have loved getting more involved in the fandom. Attending LeakyCon London was a real highlight for me!

Shana Toor

Transcript Editor - Alohomora!, MuggleCast; Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia

I was introduced to Harry Potter when I was about six years old by my older brother, who was reading it at the time. He took me with him to see Philosopher's Stone.

Shannon Bickel

Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleCast, MuggleNet Academia
Gryffindor

I've been working on the MuggleCast transcripts since April of 2008 and apparently I'm going to do this forever. I am set to graduate with a degree in Business Management in May 2014. I spend most of my time teaching dance to little ones or working behind the desk at the studio. I am also obsessed with my dog, Cliffy (see profile picture), who is literally the cutest dog you will ever see in your life. He's really smart, too! I have taught him to "dance," "play dead" when I point my finger at him and yell bang, and I taught him to do the Conga. Yes, he really walks behind me with his paws on my back. He also gives high-fives. I told you that I'm obsessed with my dog.

Shelby DeWeese

Transcriber - MuggleCast, MuggleNet Academia

I can still remember my earliest courtships with the Harry Potter series as plain as day. When I was six years old, I won a reading contest at my local library and my prize was a copy of Sorcerer's Stone, but I was so appalled that the librarians thought I would like such a BOY book that I donated it right back to the library. Two years later, I opened a Harry Potter book for the first time when I found a copy of Prisoner of Azkaban in my 2nd grade classroom. Finally giving the boy wizard a chance, I opened the book, thought to my eight-year-old self, "Hermy-won is a weird name," and never looked back.

Twelve years later, Harry Potter continues to be a major part of my life. Beyond the fandom though, I am currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in Narrative Studies at the University of Southern California, working as a reader and editor for the poetry section of Teen Ink Magazine, and serving on the executive board of my university's Trojan Dance Marathon, which benefits the Children's Miracle Network. I am blessed to have a beautiful group of family and friends that support me in all my weirdness, and for these people I am eternally grateful.

Tara Corpuz

Transcriber - MuggleCast
Slytherin

Soon to be college grad with a degree in English Literature, I love anything that tells a good story - be it a good book, movie, song, or television show. J.K. Rowling and her story of a boy wizard stole my heart at twelve, and I've never been the same. I never board an airplane without at least one Harry Potter book with me, and I enjoy holding the "Most HP Obsessed" title within my group of family and friends. I started transcribing a few years ago and still enjoy it immensely to this day. I adore my little chihuahua, Ali, to bits, and love the moments when he can run around the park whilst I lay on the grass and read in the sun with lots of iced coffee on hand.

Tisha Dunstan

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Gryffindor

A proud wanderluster and Anglophile, the best semester of my life was spent abroad in Leicester, England. I also love film (some of my favorites include: Little Women (1994), Titanic, and Becoming Jane) and television (The Good Wife, The White Queen, Falling Skies, and ER). Reading, writing, and history are also some of my passions. I started reading Harry Potter in high school and have loved it ever since.

Tracy Dunstan

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Ravenclaw

In addition to loving Harry Potter, I'm also a huge film and history fan. Some of my favorite movies are the Harry Potter series of course, 50/50, Titanic, Atonement, The Village, Ordinary People, Empire of the Sun, and Little Women. The historical time period I enjoy learning about the most is the Revolutionary War period in American history, so much so that Colonial Williamsburg is like my Disney World! Regarding Harry Potter, I like Harry, Hermione, and Luna the best. I'm excited to be working with the transcription team for Alohomora!

Victoria Winning

Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Gryffindor

Loves dressing up like Tonks, dancing (blues, swing, Melbourne Shuffle), photography, walking in the rain, gaming, writing, coaching, listening to music, reading, watching movies, debating the psychology of fictional characters, knitting and crocheting, baking scones at 2 in the morning, listening, talking, and laughing.

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