Hello MuggleNet fans! My name is Joshua Smith, Im a 20 year old journalism student at
the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an avid Harry Potter fan.
I'm delighted to tell you all that I will be writing a weekly column
over the summer, on a variety of subjects related to all the Harry Potter
books. When I return to school, my column will become bi-weekly. I hope you all enjoy what I have to say, and I welcome feedback via email at Jssmith285@aol.com. Thanks!
The Best Time to be a Fan
Harry Potter fans of today have a unique opportunity that not many of
them stop to think about. This generation of readers gets to enjoy
Rowlings works in an atmosphere which future generations of readers will
never know. Aside from getting to enjoy the most basic pleasure,
reading the books, todays bookworms benefit from having message boards,
chat rooms, and websites such as this act...to feed their addiction to the
boy who lived. We get to discuss who we think will die in the fifth
book, or whether or not anything will ever happen between Ron and
Hermione. You know that great anxious/excited feeling you get right before
you go to bed on Christmas Eve, wondering what is going to make its way
under your tree? Todays readers experience that anticipation dynamic
in waiting for the release of each new book, something our grandchildren
will never know.
Someone who picks up Harry Potter and the Sorcerers (or Philosophers
for readers in the UK) Stone 20 years from now misses out on a chance
to sit outside a bookstore at midnight, wearing a cape and waving a
magic wand, knowing they are about to witness the culmination of 2 years of
anticipation. They dont get to talk excitedly in that bookstore line
with a few hundred of the biggest Harry fans in their area. They miss
out on, among other things, a truly magical (no pun intended) night
that no true Potter fan could ever forget.
Readers whove been on the Harry Potter roller coaster from the
beginning, or even ones that have just caught Harry fever recently (Im a
self-admitted late bloomer as far as HP goes) get to enjoy these wonderful
Potter perks, and I urge them to do so. We are reading in a very
interesting time (like when people were eagerly awaiting the next Tolkien
book from the LOTR series, and writing Frodo lives! on New York subway
walls when Return of the King came out) and that time carries a once in
a life time opportunity. So, I have a simple request of all Harry
Potter fans, young and old. Dont waste this precious opportunity, embrace
it. Cherish it. Take advantage of the chance people 20 years from now
will only dream of having. Youll regret it if you dont
Joshua Smith is a 20-year-old journalism student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an avid Harry Potter fan.
If you'd like to contact Josh, you may do so here.