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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.

MuggleNet Staff Member of the Month:
January 2016

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Recognizing outstanding work, the MuggleNet Staff Member of the Month is chosen based on an individual’s contributions from the previous month. Congratulations to this month’s staff member! You’ve earned it.

Martin Wickens

London Critic/Reviewer
Slytherin
@MuggleNet
martin.wickens@hotmail.co.uk

I first discovered the world of Harry Potter when I was 9. I had to read a book for a school project and I chose Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (because it had the coolest cover). I was totally hooked and I checked out the Harry Potter books from the library so often the librarians nicknamed me Ron. I constantly stole my dad's iPod to listen to MuggleCast and I set my the family computer's homepage to MuggleNet.com.

I'm now a third year Economics student at University College London. I help run the UCL Harry Potter Society, which is by far the best Harry Potter society in the WC1E postcode. In my spare time, you can probably find me either watching Rick and Morty, reading Harry Potter, or drinking unhealthy amounts of tea (two sugars).

Founder

Founder

Emerson Spartz

Founder & CEO
One of the houses
@EmersonSpartz

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
@rubywizard24
kat@staff.mugglenet.com

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
@KeithWHawk
keith@staff.mugglenet.com

I am not the oldest Potter 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 quite a few conventions, including our own MuggleNet Live! convention in London in April of 2015. I worked my way up from journalist on the site to the Managing Editor here at MuggleNet. I also love hosting my podcast MuggleNet Academia with my partner John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, as well as hosting Harry Potter Family Feud and Jeopardy whenever possible at conventions and meet-ups.

Outside of Potter related activities, I play amateur baseball and recreational basketball and squash whenever possible. I graduated from Strayer University as Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA) with a BS in Information Systems majoring in Computer Security and minor in Web Development, 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

Claire Furner

Senior UK Marketing Manager
Hufflepuff
@claireejfurner
claire@staff.mugglenet.com

Staff Member of the Month: 05/2015

Since joining MuggleNet in October 2012 as a News Intern, I have had a total blast. From making the Studio Tour my second home - nine times and counting - to experiencing my first Potter conventions, it has probably been some of the geekiest years of my life thus far! I look forward to continuing this trend at MuggleNet moves into the new and uncharted, but no doubt Fantastic (!!) realms about to be unleashed by WB, not to mention MuggleNet's upcoming MuggleNet Live! In the Muggle world, I play with social media; full time for large consumer brands and in my own time to talk about TV, film, and, well, Harry Potter. Follow me on Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Vine – clairefurner should do the trick!

Eric Scull

Senior Contributing Editor
Hufflepuff
@spielerman
eric@staff.mugglenet.com

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.

Felicia Grady

Senior Copy Editor
Hufflepuff
@MuggleNet
felicia@staff.mugglenet.com

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.

Jessica Jordan

Senior Journalist
Gryffindor
@bagginsindeed
jessica@staff.mugglenet.com

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 Harry Potter news to fans. In my real life, I'm a bookseller in the Greater Boston area.

Tracey Wong

Senior Continuity & Transcript Editor
Ravenclaw
@_tracey
tracey@staff.mugglenet.com

Staff Member of the Year: 2015

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. My current dream is to be a world-traveling explorer dabbling in book publicity, copy editing, and blogging.

News

News

Aimee Krenz

Source Editor
Slytherin
@AimeeMarieK
aimee@staff.mugglenet.com

Staff Member of the Month: 12/2014

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 can 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 feeling that it was exactly how I had pictured it in my head. I'm still a Potter fan (though how I ended up in Slytherin, I'll never know) and always will be. When not reading or watching Harry Potter, I'm usually reviewing a novel for my book blog, writing fan fiction, playing with my mini-schnauzer Mya, or catching up on my favorite television programs.

Alison Siggard

Journalist
Gryffinpuff
@alison_sig
alisons@staff.mugglenet.com

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! podcast 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 shenanigans 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!

Amy Lüder

Journalist
Hufflepuff
@amyluder
amyluder@gmail.com

I first read Harry Potter when I was 10; I was instantly hooked! I made my parents take me to queue for books and movies and role played the movies in the school playground and with my sister whenever I had a chance. Whenever a book was released, I locked myself in my bedroom and made sure I read the books from page to page in one day, to ensure I avoided spoilers. Once I was old enough, I went to midnight showings and even took the day off college to read Deathly Hallows so that no one could ruin the ending. When I got married in 2011, I even convinced my husband to agree to going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for our honeymoon!

MuggleNet has been the only fandom site I have ever used in 12 years, so I feel incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a member of staff! Outside of the Potter universe, I have a 1 year old son who I can’t wait to start reading Harry Potter to and (hopefully) bring him up to be as big of a Potterhead as I am!

Anupama Khedkar

Journalist
Ravenclaw
@EccentricLlama
khedkaranupama@gmail.com

I wasn't a book-lover as a child. I don't think I was much of a reader at all before I hit my tweens and discovered a discarded copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the school library. Relatively late to hop onto the bandwagon, I cursed myself for not picking up the book earlier when all my reader friends raved about it incessantly.

I think those nights reading one chapter after the other in the lamplight after my mother went to bed, well into the early hours of dawn, is what inspired me to write, to see if I could weave a world of my own with words – like JKR had.

When I'm not binging on Harry Potter cast interviews online, I spend my free time reading more fiction, wrestling strange objects away from my cat, and scouring for new music.

Callum Lloyd Thomas

Journalist
Gryffindor
@MuggleNet
callum@staff.mugglenet.com

I have been a huge Harry Potter fan since a friend purchased 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 discovered MuggleNet back in 2005, and it wasn’t long before it was my most visited website, thanks to its frequent news stories and cool features.

I have fond memories of waiting in line on release day to buy the last three books at my local bookstore and staying up to the early hours, 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 Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden, both of which I enjoyed immensely. The attention to detail at these places never fails to impress me. I am thrilled to be part of the team on a site that I consider to be the best source for everything Potter. Other than Harry Potter, I enjoy acting, reading, watching films, and traveling.

Catherine Lai

Journalist & Copy Editor
Ravenclaw
@CatherineLai_
catherine@staff.mugglenet.com

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.

Charlotte Molton

London Critic/Reviewer
Hufflepuff
@CharlotteEM21
charlottebibliophile@gmail.com

My journey with Harry Potter began in 2001, when I was seven years old. I devoured Philosopher's Stone before the movie hit cinemas, and it was instantly all I would talk about. My passion grew exponentially as I explored more of the wizarding world and with every upcoming release. To date, I've met J.K. Rowling twice, written my Extended Project on the Latin and Greek etymology within the series (which I subsequently handed directly to Jo), and own over 100 editions of the Harry Potter books – and my love is only growing.

Beyond Harry Potter, I have a degree in Management with Marketing, and I am currently studying for my MA in English, as well as dabbling in the world of work. I also run my own blog, where I review events and books – for which Harry Potter frequently appears on both counts.

Daniel Sharf

Quidditch Correspondent
Ravenclaw
@MuggleNet
danielscharf@live.com.au

I first read the second Harry Potter book on my 10th birthday after receiving it as a gift for my 9th. That whole year I lost because I thought reading was dumb was only taken over in humiliation by thinking that Chamber of Secrets was the first book until Goblet of Fire was released. Fortunately, I have resolved many of my younger flaws and have read at least a book every fortnight since I was 13, including GoF, OotP, HBP, and DH on release day. One of my favorite memories is watching the sunset over Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Japan.

I spend a phenomenal amount of time playing sports and am working in sports media. Quidditch has become a life passion since I saw videos from World Cup IV in NY early 2011, and I look forward to spreading its reach even further.

Kim Moore

Journalist
Slytherin
@KimberleeLMoore

I've been a Harry Potter fan ever since my parents bought me the first four books for Christmas when I was five years old. I read the first one in three days and have been obsessed ever since! I discovered MuggleNet pretty quickly after I learned how to use the computer, and I've been visiting it since then. I've been at the opening of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, since I am lucky enough to live twenty minutes away! Another one of my favorite Harry Potter memories though, was getting to travel to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London with my mom.

Outside of Harry Potter, I'm studying International Business at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. My other hobbies include going to theme parks, reading, watching movies and TV shows, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Lauren Bisgard

Quidditch Correspondent
Ravenclaw
@lauren_leigh18

I am going to be a freshman at the University of Iowa in the fall, with a major in Elementary Education. I am a huge bookworm, and when I am (rarely) not reading, I enjoy running and listening to music. I currently work at a before and after school daycare program at an elementary school, and sometimes humor the kids by bringing them Bertie Bott's beans. I even have a few convinced that I am actually a witch after showing them the wand I purchased from Ollivander's. I'm very excited to be a part of the Harry Potter fandom in a larger way. I first picked up the books ten years ago, and I've been a Potterhead ever since! I am an extremely proud Ravenclaw (confirmed by Pottermore not only once, but twice), and my favorite character is Luna.

Mary Wojcicki

Journalist & Fan Interaction
Slytherin
@MaryWojcicki
mary@staff.mugglenet.com

Staff Member of the Month: 01/2015

I've been a fan of the Harry Potter series ever since I can remember. I first began reading the series with my mom, and from there, my love of all things related to the Boy Who Lived took off. I found MuggleNet in about 2005 or 2006, and I am so excited to be joining the MuggleNet team now as an intern. Additionally, I have been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter twice and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London once, though I would happily spend the rest of my life in the latter if I could!

Aside from Harry Potter, I enjoy ballroom dancing, writing, traveling, listening to old radio shows, and taking way too many photos. I'm currently in high school, after which I hope to pursue work in the fashion industry.

Sophie Reid

Journalist
Hufflepuff
@sophs_3
sophie@staff.mugglenet.com

Staff Member of the Month: 11/2014

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 a Casual Vacancy 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’m so proud to be involved with MuggleNet, and have the opportunity to get even more involved in the Harry Potter community and give something back. In the muggle world, I spend my free time writing (mainly young adult novels), obsessing over fictional characters, reading countless books, exploring the countryside and coast - and drinking far too much tea.

Toni Cooper

Journalist
Slytherin
@tonilouise89
toni@staff.mugglenet.com

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.

Cheyenne Padgett

Journalist Intern
Slytherin
@Chey_Wowww
cheyennepadgett@cedarville.edu

My love for Harry Potter began in fourth grade when I read the first three books. It was as if an entirely new world had been created, just waiting for me to explore every inch of it. Since then, my obsession has grown into an inferno of mass proportions. It is not uncommon to find me screaming about Harry Potter on the news, chugging Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or inserting movie quotes into everyday conversation as often as I can. One of my favorite things to do is listen to Jim Dale read me the Harry Potter audiobooks; I am not even sure how many times I have listened to them at this point.

In my Muggle life, I am studying Professional Writing and Information Design and Graphic Design at Cedarville University. I am a Hoosier, a denim-enthusiast, a binge-watcher, an avid shopper, and ultimately, a Potterhead.

Laura Kate Jones

London Critic/Reviewer
Slytherin
@laurakatejones
Laura.kate.jones@googlemail.com

I started reading the Harry Potter books when I was 10 years old, and someone compared me to Hermione as I would spend all day reading books in the school library. After that, I decided I wanted to find out more about Harry Potter and read the first book within two days. After that I waited with anticipation for the next book, and then as the films were released I would go to midnight screenings with my mum and since then my love of Harry Potter has just continued to grow. I attended some of the premieres and have met most of the cast and crew, including Daniel, Rupert, and Emma, and have also been fortunate enough to meet the incredible J.K. Rowling. I've visited the Harry Potter Studio Tour 18 times and still fangirl every time I walk through those Great Hall doors.

Any free time I get away from Harry Potter is spent doing my actual day job as a Press and PR Officer in central London, and I also freelance as a theatre and film critic.

Martin Wickens

London Critic/Reviewer
Slytherin
@MuggleNet
martin.wickens@hotmail.co.uk

I first discovered the world of Harry Potter when I was 9. I had to read a book for a school project and I chose Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (because it had the coolest cover). I was totally hooked and I checked out the Harry Potter books from the library so often the librarians nicknamed me Ron. I constantly stole my dad's iPod to listen to MuggleCast and I set my the family computer's homepage to MuggleNet.com.

I'm now a third year Economics student at University College London. I help run the UCL Harry Potter Society, which is by far the best Harry Potter society in the WC1E postcode. In my spare time, you can probably find me either watching Rick and Morty, reading Harry Potter, or drinking unhealthy amounts of tea (two sugars).

Social Media

Social Media

Content

Content

Elizabeth Vasquez

Content Team Manager
Gryffindor
@MuggleNet
liz@staff.mugglenet.com

There wasn't a specific year that I began reading it, but as soon as I opened Sorcerer's Stone, I knew that my world had changed. I was very young at the time I began the series, but it was because of reading the books that I found my love for writing, my love for reading, and I was able to connect to people, internationally, through the fandom. Since then, I have acquired my fair share of collectibles and clothing and dabbled in cosplay. It was through the fandom that I learned about MuggleNet and have been a big fan for years, thus I jumped on the opportunity to join when it presented itself and am so excited to be here and take this new experience along my journey. Right now, I'm a student at Cal State Fullerton, majoring in English, and I love writing short stories, going on hikes, and indulging my nerdy side with (in addition to the #1, Harry Potter) Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Disney, Doctor Who, and watching musicals (all day, every day for that one).

Beth Warsaw

Content Team
Hufflepuff
@bethwarsaw
bsharp@warsaw.us

My foray into the Harry Potter series was back when my parents were still reading to me before bed every night. My dad read me the first three books, but by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I secretly started reading ahead because I just NEEDED to know what happened next! The Sorcerer's Stone movie was the first movie I ever bought with my own money, and I ended up with both the VHS and DVD versions because I never wanted to be in a situation where I couldn't watch it (I'm aware that this was insane). A mutual love of Harry Potter has been the foundation for so many friendships, some that have lasted many years. Harry Potter is my comfort when I'm sad, my calm when I'm stressed, and my joy in all of life. I've grown up with Harry Potter, the series, but also with Harry Potter, the boy - and that is an experience for which I will be forever grateful. Not only has my love for Harry Potter stayed strong through all these years, but it also taught me that fiercely loving something is a wonderful feeling. I have found happiness in many different fandoms, but Harry Potter will always be my home.

Beyond Harry Potter, I have a degree in Computer Science and I'm working in Silicon Valley as a developer. In my free time, you can usually find me watching Netflix, playing board games, or reading novels and comic books (but probably just Harry Potter, let's be honest).

Emily Sniegowski

Content Team
Ravenclaw
@enchntdrose
emilysnigs@gmail.com

I have always been a reader, thanks to my parents. When I was child, my mom would read to my brother and I the traditional children's books, like Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But when mom was tired or busy, it was dad's turn, and he would pick Robert Lewis Stevenson and Edgar Allan Poe. In hindsight, this probably explains my passion for literature and storytelling (and maybe a few other things...). But when I was in third grade, Harry Potter came along. If my fate wasn't already sealed, it was then. I soon discovered that the Internet was a place for fans of Harry Potter to come together. I spent hours on my parents' computer (sorry, mom and dad) on MuggleNet and MySpace, listening to wizard rock, and nerding out with other people like me.

I am now a high school English teacher and hopeful Library and Information Science grad student. Because of Harry Potter, I'm certain that I want to dedicate my life to giving children access to the magic of reading. Thanks, mom and dad. And thanks, J.K. Rowling.

Kevin Assam

Content Team
Gryffindor
@naturzen
kevin@staff.mugglenet.com

Staff Member of the Month: 03/2015

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!

Krista Robinson

Content Team
Ravenclaw
@Lost_Robin
krobins2@mail.umw.edu

I started reading the Harry Potter books when I was six years old, just after I saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the first time. Harry Potter is what got me into reading and writing and is the reason that I am currently writing a book. I can't wait for Fantastic Beasts to come out because I miss going to Harry Potter movies in theaters.

When I am not fangirling over the Marauders on Tumblr, I am studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing at the University of Mary Washington and becoming a Pokémon Master. I am also on Pottermore as a Ravenclaw, and if I were in the wizarding world, I would want to try all of the different types of candy.

Laura Hernan

Content Team
Gryffindor
@LMHernan27
lmhuffinc@bellsouth.net

In 2000, I was a single mother with a two-year-old daughter, when we ran off to England for Christmas. That's where Harry Potter found us. We bought the books one at a time and I read them "for" my daughter. I wore a Professor McGonagall costume on Halloween every year "for" my daughter. Fast forward fifteen years later, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando welcomed us home. Although there are no photos to prove it, I may have shed a tear or two while riding the Hogwarts Express.

By applying for and accepting the internship with MuggleNet, I am openly admitting that everything Harry Potter in our lives may not have all been just "for" my daughter.

While all of that was going on, I rode thoroughbred race horses for 20 years and then retired from that. I went back to college, graduated summa cum laude, with a duel degree in Management and Accounting. I currently have my own accounting business.

Nicole Duguay

Content Team
Gryffindor
@nicoleduguay
duguay.nicole@gmail.com

I don't remember not being a Harry Potter fan. My parents tell me I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone before it came out as a movie, and I guess I've been waiting for my Hogwarts letter ever since! I attended the Deathly Hallows book release party in my hometown in full wizard robes and stayed up all night reading it. Since then, I've passed along my love of Potter to my younger cousin by reading her Book 1 when she was seven years old. Apparently I read too slowly, because after Chapter 9 she finished the book all by herself! Just this year I helped throw her a Potter-themed party for her eleventh birthday, and it's no stretch to say that Potter is the fuel for our cross-generational friendship. Perhaps my best Potter anecdote is that a hearty discussion of Hogwarts houses at a rush event is what cemented my decision to join my sorority, which truly is the best decision I've ever made.

Other than my love of HP, I spend most of my time reading/writing fanfic, attending and planning events with my sorority, and keeping myself updated on all my many, many fandoms via Tumblr. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and will be studying publishing in the fall to further my dream of being a fiction editor.

Tabitha Escalante

Content Team
Slytherin
@texalante
txalant@gmail.com

I was first introduced to Harry Potter at the age of 8 when I was staying in a hotel with my family and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets came on the television. Soon after, my mother purchased the first three books of the series for me, and I've been hooked ever since. I've made many great friends through the fandom and have been introduced to plenty more stories that I will forever hold in my heart.

Beyond the fandom world, I am doubling as a high school student and a student at Bowling Green State University. I plan to major in Prelaw Studies.

Tracy Dunstan

Content Team; Transcriber - Alohomora!
Ravenclaw
@DunstT
tracy.dunstan@gmail.com

I discovered Harry Potter a little late in the game (high school) but have loved it ever since. My favorite characters are Harry, Hermione, and Luna, and my favorite book in the series is Deathly Hallows. I am also a huge film fan. Some of my favorite movies are the Harry Potter series of course, except Prisoner of Azkaban (well made but ugh), and Titanic.

In my Muggle life, I'm a librarian.  I have master's degrees in American History and Library Science.

Victoria Velasco

Content Team
Ravenclaw
@MuggleNet
victoria@staff.mugglenet.com

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.

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Nicole L. Rivera

Creative Team Manager
Hufflepuff
@Mrs_NikkiRivera
nicole@staff.mugglenet.com

Staff Member of the Month: 02/2015

I first became a Harry Potter fan the summer before my junior year in high school. To catch up on my reading requirements, I bought all three HP books and read them in one week while I was (ahem) babysitting my cousin - don’t worry, she survived and is now a junior herself. HP brought me back to the love of reading I had lost post-Goosebumps age. The most fun re-read I did of the HP series was for my master's degree in creative writing. I spent at least eight hours a day reading and taking notes for a 400 page final paper on the Christian parallels in the books. That paper is now being released as a series of ebooks entitled The Parable of Harry Potter.

In January 2014, I responded to a MuggleNet tweet looking for interns. I was overjoyed to be accepted onto the Creative Team and now onto the MuggleNet staff. Outside of HP, I am an aspiring fiction writer and Wattpadian. I also help my husband with our family business, and I enjoy snuggling with our "kids," Gizmo (dog) and Luna (cat).

Ross Amighi

Creative Team Manager
Gryffindor
@MuggleNet
ross@staff.mugglenet.com

Staff Member of the Month: 07/2015

I was gifted Sorcerer's Stone back in 1999 and the rest, as they say, is history. I didn't know it at the time, but the Harry Potter books were going to introduce me to all-nighters, the virtue of patience, and what it was to read for pleasure. I can't thank them and J.K. Rowling enough for how they've helped to shape who I am today.

I started transcribing for Hogwarts Radio at the beginning of 2014 while simultaneously joining the MuggleNet Creative Team and have been loving the Harry Potter overload ever since! Outside of Potter, I'm HUGE into Photography and Travel. I also have an undying love for latte-art, film, and tech. I have a degree in Accounting, Economics, and Finance, and currently work in Logistics for a manufacturing company.

Alyssa Cokinis

Creative Team
Ravenclaw
@scandalyssac
harrybesafebestrong@gmail.com

My first time reading Harry Potter was when I was eight years old. After that, I bought all consecutive novels that were out. Each year I waited for a new book and movie, devoting myself to a boy wizard with a strange scar. At the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, I was subjected to sobs at the mere sight of the Warner Bros. logo gracing the last HP movie, amongst other things. (Like deaths. So many deaths.)

When I'm not compulsively wishing my secondary education had consisted of Hogwarts classes, I study English/Creative Writing and Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa. In my free time, I love to read, write, be outside, cuddle with my cats, participate in plays, and listen to classic rock. (Also, yes, I'm a Ravenclaw, but in my picture I'm wearing a Gryffindor sweatshirt. Inter-House pride is always great!)

Amy Hogan

Creative Team
Hufflepuff
@94LoveAmy
amhogan94@twc.com

Staff Member of the Month: 10/2015

I was introduced to Harry Potter at age 9 when my aunt gifted me the first film for Christmas. The very next day I began my journey with the books. On my twelfth birthday I went to a bookstore to watch Emerson Spartz host a discussion about what might happen in book 7. I never dreamed that seven years later I would begin working for MuggleNet.com.

I joined the Creative Team in May 2014, and whether it’s writing fashion columns in the voice of Gilderoy Lockhart, performing analysis of the series, or conceptualizing ways to get the Harry Potter community involved over social media (Remember to #PotterItForward!), I know how lucky I am to be involved in something that makes me this happy.

My Muggle life consists of finishing up my degree in Broadcasting and Mass Media with an English minor. In my spare time I enjoy jamming out at country concerts, playing in the local music scene, reading, and cheering on my home team (Let’s go Mets!). As far as the future goes, I will continue to spend time with the Harry Potter fandom through contributing to MuggleNet and holding tight to the books that got me through so much of my life. Here’s hoping the journey never ends.

Aaron Schwartz

Creative Team
Gryffindor
@SchwartzyNotes
aaronschwartzmusic@gmail.com

I'm a graduate of Chapman University Conservatory of Music currently teaching music and voice to, and getting in frequent Harry Potter arguments with, students in Orange County, CA. I was hooked on Harry Potter after devouring the first book in a day and immediately asked my dad if he could make me a red Gryffindor Quidditch cape for Halloween. I was Harry Potter for four years in a row, and a few years later, Ron from A Very Potter Musical.

As much as I love the Harry Potter franchise, I've always loved the amazing fans, creating everything from podcasts, to wizard rock, to YouTube channels, and even musicals! In this spirit, my friends and I even created a podcast and a tabletop RPG like Dungeons & Dragons so that we could all be Aurors in the New York Aurors Department. I couldn't be happier to be at MuggleNet, working with some of the best Harry Potter nerds in the world.

Cassie Kidd

Creative Team
Gryffindor
@cassiekidd
cassandrakidd222@yahoo.com

Hello! My name is Cassie Kidd. I was born and raised in the lovely state of Wisconsin and just graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee (Wisconsin). My relationship with the Harry Potter series has been quite the development. Growing up I was not all that interested in reading, but I enjoyed the movies very much. It wasn't until my junior year in college that I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and truly began my journey into the magical world we all know and love. My favorite book is Prisoner of Azkaban for countless reasons, but one of the most resonating is the introduction of the Patronus Charm. "Expecto Patronum - I await a guardian." I am a Gryffindor, and if I could be any character from the series I would be Hermione Granger because of her unparalleled strength and intelligence.

Danielle Karthauser

Creative Team
Hufflepuff
@keepcalmandreadon_
dkthereader@outlook.com

Hi there. My name is Danielle. I graduated from West Chester University in 2013 with a BA in English and a minor in Creative Writing. I was introduced to the Potter series when I was ten years old at a Toys "R" Us of all places. I read all of the books growing up, though unlike most readers I was not hooked to the series. I did not go to midnight releases or constantly consider what the final books would hold. It wasn't until college when I reread the series a second time that I realized just how amazing this series is. Since then, I have read the series six times and don't plan to stop there.

In my spare time, I love to read and write. I have my own website, Keep Calm and Read On, where I primarily podcast but also post blogs every week. On my podcast, I post daily episodes and most episodes consist of me talking about a book I read in the past and what I think of it. My blogs consist of book reviews, analysis posts, and fan fiction (something I am just jumping in to). I hope to one day publish a fiction novel. I also host a podcast called Did We Need That Sequel?, a podcast that discusses the Disney sequels in a snarky fashion.

Eleanor Harrison-Dengate

Creative Team
Slytherin
@opaleyedwolf
eharrison-dengate@hotmail.com

I'm a freelance editor in Sydney, Australia. My first exposure to Harry was when I was about eight - after that, my obsession rapidly took off: I had Harry Potter parties where I forced my Mum and Dad into playing McGonagall and Snape, ruthlessly beat all my babysitters at Harry Potter trivia (yup, I was always a Slytherin), wrote in to the newspaper telling them their Harry Potter quiz wasn't hard enough (but I still framed the certificate I got from acing it), and covered my room in movie posters - to be honest, nothing much has changed since...

As pictured, I take my Harry Potter finger puppet pals everywhere with me (knitted for me by my friend Sarah) - consequently, I now have a photo of my Dumbledore finger puppet in Grindelwald, Switzerland, and a photo of my Harry Potter finger puppet with Daniel Radcliffe!

Other than that, I have degrees in History and International Law, as well as working casually as an accounts/admin assistant.

Florencia Di Sarli

Creative Team
Ravenclaw
@flodisarli
florenciadisarli@gmail.com

When I say I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, I don't mean this lightly. Harry Potter was an integral part of my childhood that allowed me to step into another world and sparked my imagination in unimaginable ways. I used to play Quidditch in high school, one of my dogs is named Dobby (there is an uncanny resemblance!), and I have dressed up for many previews (my favorite was Moaning Myrtle).

Outside of Harry Potter, I'm an operations consultant – think productivity and process improvement, not manufacturing optimization. In my free time, I love hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and boxing.

Jasmine Lee

Creative Team
Hufflepuff
@blueberryjelly
lee.jjasmine@gmail.com

I am a freelance writer and copyeditor, event coordinator, and social networking obsessive, who revels in cold weather and blesses my luck in having grown up in the Chicago suburbs my entire life. I think and talk about food and coffee all the live long day. I'm normally glued to my phone as many hours a day I'm awake, and have been known to tweet, tumblr, and share links an obscene amount. I've been a Potterhead since the third grade, when my Language Arts teacher read aloud the first chapter of Sorcerer's Stone, and I realized that I needed to totally immerse myself in J.K. Rowling's world and never leave. Seventeen years later, not much has changed. I'm still actively indulging my love for all this Potter 'verse and luckily, I'm surrounded by friends who join me in my many, many movie re-watch marathons, random outbursts of professing my love for Ron Weasley, constant dredging up of fandom theory, and textual analysis.

Now, awesomely, I get to write and flex my creative muscles for MuggleNet as a Creative Team intern. I have plans to put my rambling, enthusiastic, stream-of-consciousness type of writing to good use and churn out articles that are the equivalent of flopping down on the couch next to me and gabbing about all sorts of Harry Potter-related topics, giant mug of spiked coffee in hand.

Lizzie Sudlow

Creative Content Specialist
Gryffindor
@lizziesudlow
sudle74@suny.oneonta.edu

Staff Member of the Month: 11/2015

My first interaction with Harry Potter was on a snowy day when my younger sister and I laid out on our favorite comforter with pillows and watched Sorcerer's Stone after our grandmother brought the film over because she thought we might like it. Now I am graduating from college with a degree in Mass Communications and during those four years helped found the eighth best Harry Potter Club in America (shout out to you, SUNY Oneonta). I'm a proud geeky sorority girl and am ecstatic to be a part of this team as an intern. I can be found reading on a picnic most summer days or driving around with my sister jamming out. Oh and also fun fact, I performed at LeakyCon in 2012 and Evanna Lynch introduced me on stage! She's awesome!

Madison Ford

Creative Team
Gryffindor
@madiford222
madiford222@gmail.com

The only thing that could have changed my life more than the Harry Potter series would have been Rubeus Hagrid himself kicking down my front door and whisking me away to a life of witchcraft and wizardry. When I was eight years old, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone became the first book I stayed up all night to read. I consumed the following three books over the course of the next year and during the Potter-less drought between Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix, I started to write my own stories.

As the years went on, I visited MuggleNet religiously, spent multiple Halloweens with a lightning bolt scar on my forehead, and created a massive Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt with my best friend during our senior year of high school. Now, I'm a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in English and Sociology. Reading, writing, and Harry Potter are my biggest passions, and I'm incredibly lucky being able to combine them all as a Creative Team Intern here at MuggleNet.

Melissa Graham

Creative Team
Slytherin
@MelissaGraham85
melissaagraham85@gmail.com

I was a bit of a late-bloomer when it came to my discovery of Harry Potter. Having first picked up Prisoner of Azkaban due to lack of options in class, I have since been unable to put it down. Even today, I listen to the audiobooks about three times a year – I just can't let go. Nine years ago, I stumbled upon a Harry Potter roleplay site and dove headfirst into the wizarding world. Not only did I find my best friends through this, but also my husband. I can genuinely say if not for Harry Potter, my youngest child would not be alive. Seven years ago, a friend created her own Harry Potter roleplay site, and over the years, I have worn many hats (yes, even the Sorting Hat!) and have become a Governor of the site, which is still going seven years later – a great achievement in the RP world.

My Muggle jobs consist of being a homemaker and direct care professional at a group home for disabled adults, being a mommy to four nerds-in-the-making, and an author. I have one self-published work and many others in the making, and I owe that all to Harry Potter, which stirred my creative brain and showed me exactly what it was I wanted to really do with my life.

Rachael Dechert

Creative Team & Transcriber
Slytherin
@moosetresofevil
blackslytherin@yahoo.com

Hi, I'm Rachael, I'm 22, and I live in Pennsylvania. I am a recent graduate of Kutztown University with a Bachelors in History. I spend most of my free time on the Internet, but when I'm not doing that I enjoy knitting, sleeping, cooking, and eating. I also help run a small farm where we have goats and chickens. I love playing Quidditch. I'm a Keeper and was Vice President of my school's team my senior year. I also was the Treasurer of Hogwarts @ Kutztown, which is a Harry Potter and Young Adult literature based discussion group. I spent most of my life with Harry Potter. I first got into the books right before the first movie came out. I wanted to read the books before I saw the movie, so I rushed through them. I got through the first four books in a month and then started reading them again. A few months later, my parents got a computer and I found the fandom. It was amazing growing up surrounded by people on the Internet who loved the same thing that I did. From book release parties, to midnight movie premieres, I got to celebrate my love for Harry Potter. I have met many amazing people in this fandom and am constantly inspired by them.

Ashley McCann

Creative Team Intern
Slytherin
@ashleyketchum
mccannae@vcu.edu

Hi all, my name is Ashley! I am in the Religious Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University. I decided I wanted to study religion when I wrote my first major paper in college, which highlighted Biblical parallels found in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

One of my earliest memories is begging my mother to buy Sorcerer's Stone for me, so Harry has been with me my entire life. For a high school graduation present, my parents took me to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for opening day in 2010. I have a dog named Millicent Minerva (Millie for short) and another dog back at home named Voldemort. I have three Harry Potter tattoos on a specially-dedicated arm with more to come!

Lizzie Gladwyn

Creative Team Intern
Gryffindor
@lizzierooo
lizziegladwyn@googlemail.com

I think the thing that I love most about Harry Potter is the amazing worldwide community that we all belong to, through this I have made many friends both at home (Bath Spa in the UK) and those further away from me (like the fantastic MuggleNet team). I am currently a first-year student studying Media Communications with Publishing and a proud member of the Harry Potter society where our first ever meeting was in The Castle on campus when we ended up having to explore a secret spiral staircase to get into the room we’d booked (imagine a lot of yelling Alohomora at locked doors)! Harry Potter has opened up a world of opportunities for me and allowed me to not only dream big but to chase those dreams. When I'm not studying or reading, I'm usually playing with Crookshanks (my ginger fluffy hamster) or Padfoot (my huge friendly, previously a stray cat).

Minal Daswani

Creative Team Intern
Gryffindor
@DaswaniMinal
minaldaswani@gmail.com

I got into Harry Potter in 2008, between the releases of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Ever since then, I've been hooked. I've visited both the studio tour in London and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and loved both. I've read the series and watched the movies more times than I can remember, and I don't plan on stopping.

Currently, I am a second year studying English Literature at the University of York. I hope to work in books or TV once I've graduated. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and watching TV.

Stephanie Bailey

Creative Team Intern
Hufflepuff
@StephBailey_11
stephbailey11@gmail.com

Harry Potter has always been a part of my life. On my bad days, I would pick up Harry Potter and be transported to a world of magic and adventure. Most of my childhood was spent waiting for the next book or movie while watching and reading the ones I already had repeatedly.

I am a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego and am currently trying to figure out a plan for the rest of my life. In the rest of my free time, I love sports of all varieties, spending time with my family and friends, and trying to make the most of everything. I am looking forward to writing for MuggleNet and expand my writing abilities about something I love. Let's play hard or go home! =]

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Blog

Lauren Rice

Book Reviewer
Hufflepuff
@slayingbooks
blog@staff.mugglenet.com

When I was in the sixth grade, my older cousin Laura kept raving about this book series. At the time, I remember not really caring because I just wasn't into reading. For Christmas that year, Laura gave me Sorcerer's Stone. I had such a hard time getting through the book that I actually skipped past the whole zoo chapter. After I skipped ahead, I was captivated. I couldn't put the book down – I even stayed up late (which back then wasn't too late; maybe 8 p.m.) reading in bed. I borrowed Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, and Goblet of Fire from Laura. By the time I finished the first four books, Order of the Phoenix was about to be released. It came out on June 21, 2003, and my birthday is June 25 – the perfect gift!

Besides Shel Silverstein poems, I can't remember a single book I read before Harry Potter. Once Harry Potter entered my life, I searched for more literary treasures – Chronicles of Narnia, Chronicles of Prydain, and so forth. Last time I checked, I've read at least 500 books since Harry Potter came along.

These days, I stick mainly to Young Adult books. I love supernatural, fantasy, and sci-fi books as well as the occasional contemporary romance. I do take review requests, but please note that they need to fall in the YA category, and of course, I have to be interested in the story itself. Feel free to email me with your name, book's title, and a brief description. If it doesn't catch my interest, I'll forward it on to my fellow book bloggers.

Lindsey Fratz

Book Reviewer
Gryffindor
@Lindzey42
Lbf2730@gmail.com
I discovered Harry Potter the summer before 5th grade and have been obsessed ever since. I still remember all the fun of going to the midnightrelease parties and coming up with crazy theories of what was going to happen in the next book or debating ships with friends.
Today, I hold a Master's degree in Publishing and am as big a book nerd as ever! My studies and love for Harry Potter took me to Edinburgh and started my love of travel and international publishing. I'm especially interested in Scottish lit and books set in Scotland. Additionally, I won't turn down a good YA, fantasy, horror, or thriller!

Robin Fish, Jr.

Book Reviewer
Hufflepuff
@MuggleNet

I was around 30 when I plunged into the wizarding world. I was already reading a lot and writing book reviews to mail to a friend who was teaching at a school north of the Arctic Circle. Another friend asked me to check out the first Harry Potter movie and let him know whether I thought it was appropriate for his children. I saw the movie and told him I thought it was harmless – but it didn't strike me as anything special. It wasn't until I was tempted by a half-price boxed set of the first four Harry Potter books that I read them and was instantly captivated. I saw the Chamber of Secrets film with new eyes and have been a fan ever since.

I started reviewing books for MuggleNet, and writing other columns and editorials, in about 2003. My review column was initially called The Book Trolley and it has presented approximately 2,000 books from the perspective of "If you like J.K. Rowling, you may also like..."

It's been interesting to be "discovered" by MuggleNet readers who knew me in real life but didn't realize I was "Robbie from the Book Trolley." In one instance, I found out a lady I knew through a musical group we were in was also a MuggleNet staffer. We ended up having book release parties and attending a live MuggleCast together. The site has been an awesome way to connect with people from all over.

My love of reading and writing has taken me places. I now get regular offers of free books to review, and in the Muggle world I edit a weekly newspaper. Thanks for the love, MuggleNet!

MuggleNet Interactive

MuggleNet Interactive

Cortnie Cogan

Co-Headmistress
Ravenclaw
@geekydruid
mnistaff@gmail.com

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
@_TinaPop_
mnistaff@gmail.com

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
@Audiofictions
mermuggles@hotmail.com

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
@RoxyBlackMNFF
rosie@staff.mugglenet.com

Staff Member of the Month: 08/2015

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

Casual Transcriber - Alohomora!
Ravenclaw
@H0meAtHogwarts

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.

Allison Perrone

Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleNet Academia
Ravenclaw
@AlliSaysThis

I'm currently studying Media Arts and Design at James Madison University. I spend a lot of time writing, reading, singing, and learning about things that intrigue me. I also like to film and edit videos for my YouTube channel. I'm not new to the podcast world, either - for two years I've been producing, editing, and co-hosting a podcast of my own, the (to be named later) Podcast. We know the name sucks, but we're actually beginning a Harry Potter based comedic spin-off called Sturgis Podmore, too!

Since I was six, the world of Harry Potter has been the one obsession of mine that has never faded. Fictional characters have come and gone, but I'll admit, I'll probably never have feelings stronger than what I feel for Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, and the Potters. Through the years, MuggleNet and its podcasts have kept me in touch with the Harry Potter community and I've always had dreams of being involved!

Annabelle Williams

Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Ravenclaw
@belle_williams

I'm so happy to be expanding my knowledge of and love for Harry Potter as a new transcriber for the MuggleNet Academia podcast. Since the age of six, these novels have shaped my life, and I cannot imagine a world without them. My admiration for Hermione Granger increases each and every day, and I fervently love Fleur Delacour and Remus Lupin. My favorite book (and movie) is undoubtedly Order of the Phoenix.

I am a junior at a high school for nerds in Pennsylvania, USA, and I intend to study International Business with a concentration in French in college. My other interests include classic literature, especially Shakespeare and Sylvia Plath, as well as A Song of Ice and Fire, coffee, soup, and Netflix – anything and everything related to Netflix. In conclusion: "Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!"

Chelsea Hastings

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Slytherin
@ChelseaHastings

I'm a 22 year old psychology major at the University of Alberta in Canada, and I transcribe for Alohomora! and Hogwarts Radio. I started listening to MuggleCast years ago and decided that I wanted to help with the fandom in some way. I got into the Harry Potter series after the first movie, and the rest is history. My friends think I'm nuts, but I always have a new Harry Potter fact for them when I see them! I'm a proud Slytherin who loves to dance, read, watch hockey (go Canucks), and find connections between my favorite fandoms (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, the list goes on) and psychology (nerd alert).

Conrad Triebold

Casual Transcriber - MuggleCast, MuggleNet Academia
Ravenclaw
@MuggleNet

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.

Corinne Demyanovich

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Ravenclaw
@cdemi12

I am a student at Elmhurst College, though a Hogwarts hopeful. I am excited to be on the transcription team here at MuggleNet because I feel closer to the fandom! I'm a Ravenclaw, a lover of reading, writing, photography, knitting, and my cat! I'm a Potterhead (obviously), a Nerdfighter, and a huge Star Wars fan. I also enjoy YouTube, Sherlock, movies, and music. Hockey is my Muggle sport, while I am a Quidditch co-captain in the wizarding world. Harry Potter has changed my life, so I'm happy to have my part in the Potterverse!

Desta Pulley

Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Ravenclaw
@MuggleNet

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

Casual Transcript Editor - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Ravenclaw
@elisekdelo

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
@MuggleNet

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.

Eric Rakestraw

Transcript Editor - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Ravenclaw
@MuggleNet

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 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 started listening to the MuggleCast podcast in December 2006 - the same day J.K. Rowling released the title of Book 7! I have been a MuggleCast transcriber since February 2009 and transcript editor since November 2009. In the summer of 2012, I began editing the Alohomora! transcripts. 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!

Heather Kahraman

Transcriber - MuggleCast
Ravenclaw
@DarnHeather

I've been transcribing for MuggleCast since 2007. During that time, I've moved seven times, lived in three different countries on three different continents, and received a Master's degree. I re-read the series about once a year and each time my favorite book changes - currently, it's Order of the Phoenix. My favorite of the films is Goblet of Fire.

Jean Bachen

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

@MuggleNet

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!

Jessica Kallmeyer

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Hufflepuff
@jkallmeee

I'm a true Hufflepuff that's been obsessed with anything HP since age 9. My brother received a copy of Sorcerer's Stone for a First Communion present in 1998. I stole his copy like a nosy older sister would, read it quickly, and never looked back! Growing up, I attended all of the book/movie midnight releases with my best friend. I've been a HUGE Pottermore fan since it's beta days. I discovered the Alohomora! podcast in 2013 and listened to all of the episodes feverishly until I was caught up. I am a long time MuggleNet fan and feel SO excited and blessed to be a part of this team! The best thing about this whole website/community is that we are keeping the true HP magic alive and passing it to the next generation. I can only hope my two children fall in love with literature/reading the same way I did. :)

In my Muggle life, I married a Slytherin who loves Harry Potter just much as I do. (Hufflepuff and Slytherin, yes. It gets interesting.) We honeymooned to Florida and saw the WWoHP together for the first time in 2012. It was incredible! My dream jobs would be to work for MuggleNet or the WWoHP doing advertising, marketing, PR events, or even just working a Butterbeer cart. I have a BA in Communication from Indiana University and an Associates in Paralegal Studies. In my free time, I do fun things with my two awesome kids, listen to Jim Dale's audiobooks over and over, visit family, have HP and Christmas movie marathons, and more.

Kristin Backert

Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Hufflepuff
@keeshtihn

Harry Potter came into my life when I was seven years old and I've been hooked ever since. I became a transcriber for MuggleCast in 2010, and today I work on transcripts for both the MuggleCast and Alohomora! podcasts. I'm also a copy editor for the IQA (which you should totally check out because it's Quidditch! In real life!). When not geeking out over Harry Potter, I can usually be found geeking out over Shakespeare, Arthurian legend, and Batman. Other than that, I’m a lit grad student in DC.

Lakshmi Menon

Transcript Editor - MuggleCast
Slytherin
@LakshmiAMenon

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 - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Hufflepuff
@laura_beall

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 Jamison

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Gryffindor
@leahkj7

Harry Potter has been a large part of my life since I picked up the books in third grade. Ten years have passed by and my love of the series has only grown stronger. I am a freshman at North Carolina State University studying Food Science. I have a passion for baking Harry Potter inspired treats, running long distances while listening to Alohomora!, and playing Harry Potter music on the oboe. I am so thankful to have grown up in the Harry Potter generation; J.K. Rowling's stories have truly changed my life.

Leah Wittenberg

Transcriber - MuggleCast

@MuggleNet

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

Casual Transcriber - MuggleCast

@MuggleNet

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.

Mary Fafard

Casual Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Gryffindor
@laughyfafy

I'm a Communications major at Johnson State College and grew up in a small Vermont town. My mother read me Sorcerer's Stone and then brought me to the movie as well. I grew up waiting for every movie, and as I became a better reader, I read the books solo. I loved listening to MuggleCast in high school, and was heartbroken when the last movie came out and MuggleCast shortly came to an end. I always loved learning facts about the series that none of my other friends knew, and having Potter movie marathons were always something I was up for! I am so thankful to have grown up in the generation of Potterheads!

Nicole Campiglia

Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Hufflepuff
@Wanderingbadger

I first starting reading Harry Potter right after the second book came out, and from that day on I was hooked. Harry, Ron, and Hermione began to feel like friends of mine, growing up with me and helping me get through the harder times of life. Now I am all about the Potter life and love doing absolutely anything Potter related (and was even lucky enough to tell J.K. Rowling in person what an amazing impact she’s had on my life).

I am so excited to become a member of the MuggleNet team and can’t wait for this new Harry adventure. Beside this, I love to travel, read, and cuddle with my Sphynx cat, Nox.

Nicolette Mok

Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Slytherin
@SirNickDMP

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!

Olivia Notter

Transcript Editor - MuggleCast
Ravenclaw
@oliviamarion

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)

Casual Transcriber - MuggleCast

@MuggleNet

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
@MuggleNet

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!

Rei Link

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Hufflepuff
@Rachael_Mary

I grew up in Devon, England, UK. I graduated from university with a 2:1 in Musical Theatre. I moved to Tokyo, Japan, and am currently working as a manager of an international kindergarten.

I am a keen storyteller and currently working on several writing projects. For more information about me or my writing projects, please visit my blog at reilinkauthor.wordpress.com or Facebook page at facebook.com/reilinkauthor.

Sarah Baldock

Casual Transcriber - MuggleNet Academia
Hufflepuff
@ThatSizGirl

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

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

@MuggleNet

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.

Shelby Dale DeWeese

Casual Transcriber - MuggleCast, MuggleNet Academia

@sddeweese

I opened a Harry Potter book for the first time when I found a copy of Prisoner of Azkaban in my second grade classroom. I opened the book, thought to myself, "Hermy-won is a weird name," and never looked back. Fifteen years later, the boy wizard continues to be a major part of my life. Beyond the fandom, though, I am currently an MFA in Writing candidate at the University of San Francisco, reading poetry submissions for Switchback and Teen Ink Magazine, and interning for education nonprofit 826 Valencia. I am fortunate to have a beautiful group of family and friends that support me in all my weirdness, and for these people I am eternally grateful.

Tisha Dunstan

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Gryffindor
@PioneerSpirit86

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.

Victoria Winning

Casual Transcriber - Alohomora!, MuggleCast
Gryffindor
@victorialfry

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.

Viki Balsamo

Transcriber - Alohomora!
Hufflepuff
@vikib317

I am a psychology major at Susquehanna University. I reluctantly started reading Harry Potter the summer of 2003 and quickly fell in love with JKR and her characters. I started listening to MuggleCast in high school, and I was so excited to find this group of people who not only loved the series, but were having very intelligent discussions about the books. My favorite book is Order and my favorite character is Fred Weasley. I love reading classics, cheering on Boston sports teams, binge-watching '90s TV shows, and singing. I've been in beginner ballet classes since I was four, I collect mugs, and I am fluent in Ubbi Dubbi.

Tracy Dunstan

Content Team; Transcriber - Alohomora!
Ravenclaw
@DunstT
tracy.dunstan@gmail.com

I discovered Harry Potter a little late in the game (high school) but have loved it ever since. My favorite characters are Harry, Hermione, and Luna, and my favorite book in the series is Deathly Hallows. I am also a huge film fan. Some of my favorite movies are the Harry Potter series of course, except Prisoner of Azkaban (well made but ugh), and Titanic.

In my Muggle life, I'm a librarian.  I have master's degrees in American History and Library Science.

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  • Alan

    Do you now abot the rumor of JK that she is writting her new book in Spanish under the name ABJ Sutter to remain anonimous?

  • Jenna5364

    I love Harry Potter. I wasn’t born when they held the auditions but I wish I was.

  • Jenna5364

    Does anyone watch Tessa Nettings on YouTube?

  • Jenna5364

    She is so inspirational and she goes on MuggleNet as well.