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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:

October 2018

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.

Staff Member of the Month

Ruchi Akula

Creative Social Media


Slytherin
http://www.twitter.com/ruchi_akula

I first began reading Harry Potter when I was 12 years old, so I guess you could say I grew up along side Harry! I got my letter when he got his letter and discovered Hogwarts thorough his eyes. After reading all the books, I had to, of course, go watch all the movies right away. The movies were a whole other adventure all together. It was amazing to see all my favorite characters on screen. All I can say is Harry Potter has had a huge affect on who I am. Now, as a 21 year old Slytherin, I can see just how much Harry Potter has affected me. It has taught me to continue to see the magic around me as an adult!

In my Muggle life I am a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Information Sciences. I have an unhealthy obsession with dogs and have a cute little Golden Retriever name Pintu!

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Founder

Emerson Spartz

Founder


One of the houses
http://www.twitter.com/EmersonSpartz

 
I founded MuggleNet in 1999. I was 12. I was bored. And homeschooled. I graduated from Notre Dame. I have two brothers, Dylan and Drew. 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 DOSE Media (Formerly Spartz Media 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.

Directors

Kat Miller

Creative & Marketing Director

kat@staff.mugglenet.com
Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/rubywizard24

 
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!

Senior Management

Aimee Krenz

Senior Promotions Manager

aimee@staff.mugglenet.com
Slytherin
http://www.twitter.com/AimeeWritesMN

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.

Eric Scull

Senior Contributing Editor

eric@staff.mugglenet.com
Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/spielerman

 
I have enjoyed contributing content to MuggleNet since late 2002, when I was very young. Since then, I've traveled 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

felicia@staff.mugglenet.com
Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

Staff Member of the Month: 10/2016
Staff Member of the Year: 2016

I've been living and breathing Harry Potter for so long, I don't even recall how I first got into the series, though I've come to the conclusion that it must have been a 1999 Scholastic Book Fair. After the books and movies had all been released, I felt a sense of emptiness and quickly answered the call to join the transcription team for MuggleNet's newest podcast, Alohomora!, in July 2012. I rose through the ranks from transcription elf, transcript editor, and Assistant Senior Transcript Editor, to joining MuggleNet staff in September 2013 as the site's first copy editor. I am very fortunate to have found my place at MuggleNet, and I'm forever grateful for the friends I have made here and the opportunities that working with the site has afforded me.

On the one hand, my favorite Harry Potter character is Hermione Granger, and I am often compared to her by both friends and recent acquaintances. On the other hand, the qualities of Hufflepuff House are ones I try to live by, and you could pay me no greater compliment than to say that I embody them. In real life, I am a professional translator (Spanish, Portuguese, and French into English) living in northern California. I spend my free time watching movies, copy editing Wikipedia articles, and practicing any number of languages on Duolingo. My next goal is to learn Italian!

Jessica Jordan

Senior Journalist & Marketing Assistant

jessica@staff.mugglenet.com
Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/bagginsindeed

 
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.

Team Management


Content Management Specialists

Beth Warsaw

Content Team Manager

beth@staff.mugglenet.com
Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/bethwarsaw

Staff Member of the Month: 04/2016

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).

Elizabeth Vasquez

Content Team Manager

liz@staff.mugglenet.com
Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/elizalouwriter

Staff Member of the Month: 03/2016

I can't recall when I began the series (I was that young), but I remember watching the first movie and thinking, "I have got to read that!" The rest is history. Through the magic these books introduced into my life, I found out what it meant to love reading, which led me to foster my love for writing. Harry Potter has provided an outlet that has allowed me to connect and become involved in a loving, creative, and truly phenomenal - at the best of times - community. MuggleNet has been apart of my life for years now, and because of my involvement within it, I've been able to cross off items from my dream bucket list that I never considered possible. I owe Harry Potter so much; I'll always be grateful. "Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve"!

Right now, I'm a full-time student at California State University, Fullerton, working towards my BA degree in English. I am a full supporter of indulging on the nerdy side of life, as I basically live at Disneyland and now at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter over in Hollywood Studios. Nowadays I'm 80% Harry Potter, 10% Hamilton: An American Musical, 5% musicals/movies, and 5% Butterbeer!

Emily Sniegowski

Content Team - Archival Manager

emily@staff.mugglenet.com
Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/enchntdrose

Staff Member of the Month: 08/2016

I have always been a reader, thanks to my parents. As a child, my mom would read us the traditional children's books like Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But when Mom was tired or busy, Dad would pick Robert Lewis Stevenson and Edgar Allan Poe, who (instead of scarring me for life) created in me a love of literature. When Harry Potter came along, I was hooked. 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. When I grew up a little, I became a high school English teacher for a while, and now I am a librarian. Because of Harry Potter, I want to dedicate my career to literacy. When I'm not being bookish, I'm probably watching Disney movies or singing Broadway show tunes at the top of my lungs, accompanied by cheesy choreography.

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Creative

Amy Hogan

Creative Content Manager

amy@staff.mugglenet.com
Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/94LoveAmy

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 credentials include a degree in Broadcasting and Mass Media with an English minor. In my spare time I enjoy jamming out at country concerts, directing short films, 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.

Lizzie Gladwyn

Creative Staff Manager

lizzie@staff.mugglenet.com
Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/lizzierooo

 
I never considered myself creative until I found books. I'm not just talking about the books we have to read for school, but books I read that I couldn't do anything until I had finished it. Harry Potter was one of those series of books that submerged me in a wonderful world of creativity and magic. Suddenly I realised that writing was creative, and I began to think differently about the skills I have.

I'm a second-year student at Bath Spa University in England, and I study Media Communications and Publishing. I love my university and spend many hours day dreaming in the castle and Italian garden, both of which look like they're straight out of Hogwarts.

Harry Potter is an amazing community, one that has shown me a lot of hope, love, and adventure. I'm proud to be part of a world wide community like this!

Madison Ford

Creative Strategy Manager

madison@staff.mugglenet.com
Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/madiford222

Staff Member of the Month: 11/2016

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 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 Member here at MuggleNet.

Victor Chan

Creative Team Assistant Manager


Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/victorjchan

Staff Member of the Month: 04/2018

Having first come across Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1999, I could never have envisaged the impact that the series has had on my life. The hours of joy that I have received from the Harry Potter books and films have facilitated my passion for writing. Immersing myself in the fandom, my fondest memories include visiting MuggleNet, spending way too much time reading and posting on the Chamber of Secrets forums, and listening to MuggleCast.

I frequently find myself revisiting the wizarding world, and each time I do, I'm able to approach the books from a new perspective. The themes from Harry Potter continue to be relevant to current events from the world around me and have shaped the values that I aspire to lead my life by.

Zoe Fleury

Creative Video Assistant Manager

zoe@staff.mugglenet.com
Slytherin
http://www.twitter.com/zoebfleury

Staff Member of the Month: 11/2017

I fell in love with Harry Potter when I was only seven. I had never read a book quite that long, but after seeing the first few movies, I was determined. And I did it!

I was born in Belgium and split my time between sunny California and the tiny little country in Europe. I remember when I was 11, I was very concerned with exactly which months my family would be staying. Why? I was awfully worried that if I were in California, I wouldn't receive my letter. If I were in Belgium during the summer months, surely the owls wouldn't have much trouble crossing the English Channel!

I am still waiting for that letter. Until then, I happily live in Los Angeles, where I edit videos for MuggleNet and can spend the day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter whenever I fancy it.

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News

Catherine Lai

Senior News Editor

catherine@staff.mugglenet.com
Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/CatherineLai_

 
Over the years, Harry Potter has become an increasingly significant part of my life. I first fell in love with the series in 2000, shortly before the fourth book came out. In 2005, I discovered MuggleNet and the online fandom, subsequently becoming a fan of wizard rock and Harry Potter podcasts. In 2010, I went to my first Harry Potter convention, which was in Orlando the year that the theme park opened. And in 2013, I joined the MuggleNet News Team, which felt like a dream come true. In 2016 and 2017, I expanded my roles with the site as a copy editor and a News Team manager. I’m eternally grateful for all the wonderful people, experiences, and general positivity that Harry Potter and MuggleNet have brought me.

In my Muggle life, I live in the area of Toronto, Canada, and work for a book distribution company.

Megan Fischer

News Team Manager

meganf@staff.mugglenet.com
Slytherin
http://www.twitter.com/harpstring_hum

Staff Member of the Month: 10/2017

My Harry Potter journey started when I was 9 years old and got Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for my birthday. Since that day, I pre-ordered every book so that it came to our doorstep the day it was released, and I attended every midnight movie premiere in my tiny hometown. To put it in the most simple and cliché words, Harry Potter was my childhood.

My hobbies include sleeping way too much and then complaining that I’m tired, quoting It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia more than one person probably should, and watching videos of funny birds on the Internet.

I’m excited and proud to be a part of the MuggleNet team, where we are all like one big, happy, nerdy family.

Gretchen F. Roesch

News Team Assistant Manager

gretchen@staff.mugglenet.com
Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/GretchASketcha

Staff Member of the Month: 09/2018

I started reading Harry Potter around age ten and quickly became immersed in the fandom. I listened to MuggleCast and wrote fan fiction (under the original, and somehow still available, pen name "HermioneRules"). My sister used to tell all her friends that I had memorized every line in Chamber of Secrets. My mom has been making me Harry Potter clothing for years, and I'm very proud of my unique Potter items. When Potter is such a huge part of who you are, it doesn't even surprise people when you start working for a Potter fansite. I joined the MuggleNet News Team in 2018, and I have been having a blast bringing the news to fans like myself!

In my Muggle life, I have a bachelor's in English education and a master's in literacy. I spend my free time reading young adult novels, making vegan food, and running. In 2018, I ran my first marathon, spending lots of training hours listening to MuggleNet podcasts. I'm excited to continue bringing the news to MuggleNet readers!

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Social Media

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Coordinators

Alison Siggard

Staffing Coordinator

alisons@staff.mugglenet.com
Gryffinpuff
http://www.twitter.com/alison_sig

Staff Member of the Month: 02/2016

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've been a MuggleNet staff member since 2013, and I have been involved in the Alohomora! podcast from the beginning, becoming a host in 2015. I've also become Cursed Child's number one defender.

In the Muggle world, I'm a high school English and drama teacher in Southern California. I also write, and I love music, tennis, and analyzing books, movies, theatre, and TV shows. 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!

Aurelia Lieb

Assistant Standards & Procedures Coordinator

aurelia@staff.mugglenet.com
Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/09aureo

Staff Member of the Month: 12/2017

I read the first Harry Potter book when I was 9 and was instantly drawn into this grand new world. I quickly was known as the girl who knows everything about the Potter universe in school and often was the one person people sought out to talk Potter with. Harry Potter also started my interest in Britain as a country and the English language and so the books led the way to perfecting my language skills. And soon enough, I discovered that English websites on the topic of Harry Potter were much better than the German ones. MuggleNet became my number one source for anything Potter related. I learned about fan fiction and other cool internet activities as well as the latest news.

I relate Harry Potter with the good times and the great friends I made through these books. I remember reading the last three books all in one sitting because I couldn’t put the books down. The story gave me the courage to go on a trip around the world. Harry Potter is also the one thing that always gets me through the tough times and helps me see the good in the world when everything else fails. I am thrilled to be a part of MuggleNet and hope my contribution to this great website will ensure its popularity.

Aside from Harry Potter, I enjoy playing basketball, traveling, reading, going to the movies and watching Doctor Who.

Lainey Ruffner

Special Projects Coordinator

lainey@staff.mugglenet.com
Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/lcruffner

 
Harry Potter has been in my life for so long that I can barely remember a time without it. My sister was the one to introduce me to the books when I was about six or seven. I instantly fell in love with the series, and it has been a huge part of my life ever since. The most dedicated thing I've done as a fan was waiting in line for eight hours to get into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando on opening day. The instant I entered the park, I knew the wait had been well worth it.

I am so happy to be a part of the MuggleNet team working alongside an incredible group of dedicated and passionate fans. It's such a great opportunity to stay involved in the wizarding world while making Harry Potter news more accessible for fans.

In my life outside of MuggleNet, I work full time as a Physician Assistant at an Urgent Care center. If I'm not writing articles in my spare time, I'm usually reading, traveling, running, hiking, or binge-watching Netflix and Hulu with my two cats, Nox and Leland.

Lizzie Sudlow

Internship Coordinator

lizzies@staff.mugglenet.com
Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/lizziesudlow

Staff Member of the Month: 11/2015, 03/2018

I've been with MuggleNet since I graduated from SUNY Oneonta (the real Red Dragons – looking at you, Cortland) in 2015 with my degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Media Studies and a double minor in English and Journalism. I proudly identify as a mix of Gryffindor and Ravenclaw at Hogwarts, and Wampus at Ilvermorny. In addition to being the site's Internship Coordinator, I'm also a member of the Creative Team and a rotating host of MuggleNet's Fantastic Beasts-themed podcast, SpeakBeasty.

In Muggle life, I work in Manhattan as a Social Media Manager. When not working on MuggleNet, I'm often wishing I could take a nap or a bath. I love to cook and bake, read from my ever-growing pile of books, and go to karaoke with my boyfriend.

Some fun facts about me are that I was introduced onstage at LeakyCon 2012 by Evanna Lynch and that I helped found a Potter club at SUNY Oneonta and went on to serve as President for two years.

Meg Scott

Senior Transcript Editor & Social Media Copy Editor

meg@staff.mugglenet.com
Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/Megguss

My life involves a lot of art, animals, and Harry Potter. Good at completing jigsaw puzzles, bad at public speaking. Great at thinking too much about fictional characters, terrible at math. 90% Ravenclaw, 10% Gryffindor. I met JKR herself and left her literally speechless after a clumsy declaration of love, and it's been my Patronus memory ever since.

Nicole Olmsted

Social Media Coordinator

nicole@staff.mugglenet.com
Slytherin
http://www.twitter.com/niccoleee_

Staff Member of the Month: 08/2017

I was seven years old when Harry Potter first became a part of my life. My grandmother bought me a copy of Sorcerer's Stone from my elementary school's Scholastic Book Fair shortly after it was released. However, it was reading Prisoner of Azkaban that truly started the obsession. I started visiting MuggleNet in its very early days where I would spend hours reading theories and fan fiction and listening to MuggleCast. I feel very fortunate that I got to be a part of the Potter generation who waited anxiously for the next installment to be released by picking apart the books and theorizing and then attending the midnight release parties. Harry Potter truly was my childhood and has deeply rooted itself in my adulthood as well. I currently have two Potter-related tattoos, so I suppose it'll be part of me forever!

In my Muggle life, I am a researcher with a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degrees in cognitive neuropsychology and media psychology. I recently conducted research on rewatching behaviors in fandoms (one of which was Harry Potter, of course!). My hope is to turn my geeky lifestyle into a career. I started interning for MuggleNet in November 2016 and am thrilled to now be working for the site that has been part of my life for so many years now.

Rachael Dechert

Special Projects Coordinator

rachael@staff.mugglenet.com
Slytherin
http://www.twitter.com/moosetresofevil

Staff Member of the Month: 05/2016, 05/2017

Hi, I'm Rachael, I'm 22, and I live in Orlando. 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.

Victoria Velasco

Standards & Procedures Coordinator

victoria@staff.mugglenet.com
Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

Staff Member of the Month: 07/2017

I have been a Potterhead since 2005 after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released, but 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. These days, 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 Muggle life, I am a graphic designer who loves landscape photography, to travel, reading dystopian/action/adventure novels, and the beach.

Staff


Content Management Specialists

Emily Hargis-Wells

Archivist


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/eoenix

Staff Member of the Month: 01/2018

My obsession with Harry Potter began when I found an abandoned copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in a cabinet in our new home when I was a child. It was a much-needed distraction during rough times, and I’m grateful to J.K. Rowling for keeping me sane. When I got my first PC many years later, MuggleNet was one of the first places I found, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to work with them all these years later. MuggleNet has made being a Harry Potter fan feel like being a member of a community. I also happen to be a proud Gryffindor, Thunderbird, and the owner of a Hawk Owl Patronus.

Jennifer Creevy

Content Editor


Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/JennieCreevy

 
I’m a proud Hufflepuff from near London, currently at university trying to exceed expectations and get a degree.

In 2001 my family finally got round to going to see that film everyone was talking about – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, reading the books swiftly followed and, 15 years of being a Potterhead later, here I am, never having looked back. I love the magical world of Harry Potter and never need an excuse to return to it, whether it be by reading/watching the books and films or browsing fan art and reading wild theories on the internet. Nowadays I’m expressing my obsession with Potter by helping to run my university’s Harry Potter Society and generally living, and loving, the fandom life.

Katie McCrudden

Archivist


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

 
Harry Potter entered my life when my only assignment as a six grade student was to read one book over spring break. Since then, and forever grateful for that assignment which was daunting at the time, Harry Potter has been the better part of my life. From midnight movie premiers, waiting on a mile long line to meet Tom Felton, to staying up far too late listening to AVPM, the Harry Potter world holds on to some of my best memories. I'm pretty sure I've been a wizard for the past eight Halloweens.

In the muggle world, I am a junior at Fordham University in NYC studying English and preparing for law school. I love books, french fries, and acting out movie scripts with my roommates on Friday nights

Katy Cartee Haile

Content Editor


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/KatyHaile

 
Ignoring the bidding of my brother and mother, I passed Harry Potter off as a fad until the first movie came out. I saw it rather by accident and fell immediately in love. I was 22. I devoured all three books within a matter of days and immediately sought out other fans online. MuggleNet was my first stop, and then I became active in the "HPforGrownups" Yahoo Group when I realized I was older than most fans. I went to all of the midnight book and movie releases after that, and the WWoHP-Orlando has become a yearly mecca.

I began as a transcriber for MuggleNet but quickly moved to the Content Team where my 20 years of experience creating and maintaining websites could be better utilized. And it wasn't long before I also became a host on Alohomora!, where my 12 years of podcasting experience could also be put to use! I feel very fortunate to be a part of the MuggleNet family. You can find me elsewhere on the web supporting my other passions at rainbowbrite.net, thebritecast.com, and masterscast.com.

Laura Hernan

Content Editor


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/LMHernan27

 
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.

Tracy Dunstan

Content Editor


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/DunstT

 
Librarian. Historian. Writer. Ravenclaw. INFJ. Film fan. Anglophile. These are the words I’d be most likely to use to describe me. At least that’s what’s on my Twitter profile, so it must be true. 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.

Victoria Foley

Content Editor


Slytherin
http://www.twitter.com/vixpan

 
You can blame my Uncle Bob for my obsession with Harry. It all started one afternoon in 1999 when he gave me a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. From there, my grandmother and I would take turns reading the book aloud before bedtime. I remember one night, in particular, my grandmother said to me, "Can you imagine this being turned into a movie? That'd be cool, wouldn't it?" I agreed, but I never actually imagined it would happen. Next thing we knew, we were sitting in a packed theater on opening night, watching the incredible first adventure of our favorite boy wizard. The rest was "history," as they say. I finished reading the series as each book released and attended many opening night showings of the films. At age 11, I named my pet hamster Harry Potter. Years later, I >went to the opening week of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, despite the hour+ long lines just to enter Hogsmeade. It took dedication, to say the least. And to think, it all started with one book. In the Muggle World, I'm a film studies graduate from UNCW and enjoy creating my own works of art through film and music. I also make my own Harry Potter-inspired plushies. You can often find me at karaoke bars, movie theaters, and Diagon Alley (in Universal Studios Orlando). I'm particularly fond of skulking around Knockturn Alley. 😉

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Creative

Holly Peckitt

Lead Editorialist


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/HollyPeckitt

 
I fell in love with Harry Potter via the final film in 2011. Starting at the end and having no idea what was happening but adoring it was unconventional to say the least. Over the course of my summer, I binge-read and watched all the books and films, and my love was solidified through my greatest inspiration, Hermione. Hermione gave me the confidence to be undeniably me: a bookish, rigorous student with very bushy hair. I aspire to consistently channel her throughout my life, and no less in my boundless, encyclopedic obsession with this series. From listening to Alohomora! at every opportunity, to doing my A-Level exams based around the series, Harry Potter is incorporated into every aspect of my life, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Mikaela Martin

Lead Editorialist


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/martinmadmuggle

 
Harry Potter has been my constant companion since I was six years old. My love for Potter propelled me into a life-long love of reading and writing. I often joke that J.K. Rowling was a stand-in parent for me growing up since she was often my only positive adult role model and teacher. I have no idea how many times I’ve read the series. I lost count a long time ago and continue to reread and listen to the audiobooks every night (Jim Dale is the best). I have a wonderful husband, Jason, who shares my love for the series and indulges my quirky Potter needs. Harry Potter has been a positive force in my life, and I’m sincerely thankful for its influence. I’ve been a MuggleNet fan since I was a kid. Now it’s a fantastic outlet where I can connect with people who are just as steeped in the wizarding world as I am!

In the Muggle world, I’m a substitute teacher and work in the YA/kids section of a local bookstore. I’m graduating soon with a major in English teaching and creative writing with a minor in Irish studies. I hope to inspire Potter love in my future decked-out classroom, I truly believe everyone can benefit from such an amazing series. But that information is old hat, of course, for us old DA lags.

Mikaela Renshaw

Lead Editorialist


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

 
My name is Mikaela Renshaw, a proud Gryffindor. I first picked up Harry Potter when I was six years old. While I had already developed a love a reading, Harry Potter is what made me want to write. I remember finishing the book, looking down on it and thinking, someday, I want to write like that. My parents were quick to nurture my love of the series, having loved it as well. My dad even arranged for my very own Hogwarts letter to appear at my doorstep when I turned eleven. My parents also encouraged me to follow my dreams of writing, which is why I am now pursuing a degree in English, as well as one in classics.

Minal Daswani

Lead Editorialist


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/DaswaniMinal

 
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.

Nicole L. Rivera

Contributing Editorialist


Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/Mrs_NikkiRivera

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).

Richa Venkatraman

Lead Editorialist


Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

 
I don’t have many memories of myself or my life before Harry Potter. I can only vaguely remember seeing Prisoner of Azkaban on my cousin’s bed one day, picking it up, falling into it headfirst, and never bothering to climb out again. Eleven years later, my paperback copies of the books have been patched up multiple times with a considerable amount of Spellotape, and the world contained within has infused every aspect of my life with its magic. I thoroughly enjoy extensive contemplation and analysis of all things pertaining to the wizarding world, its characters, its stories, and its connections to the Muggle world. I have memorized large passages of the books and can quote most of the dialogue of the movies and the StarKid plays. I enjoy reading all kinds of literature and writing fan fiction, short stories, and (most importantly) creative articles for MuggleNet. I love playing guitar and percussion (especially mallet instruments) and often find myself making up songs about Harry Potter characters. Essentially, I have burrowed deep into the Potter universe, and I have no intention of leaving.

Oh, and in my spare time I study biology and society at Arizona State University. I cannot say much about my plans for the future, but much like Hermione Granger, I hope to do some good in the world.

Amy Parikka

Video Producer


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/@mugglenet

I grew up watching the Harry Potter films and running excitedly through my house waving light-up wands, building LEGO Hogwarts (rather unsuccessfully), and spinning the most ridiculously large time turner you will ever see. When I was around fourteen, I finally decided it was time to read the books and fell in love with the wizarding world all over again as I devoured every page (at the same time discovering the blue crayon cauldrons and broomsticks that my brother had scribbled all through our copy of the Chamber of Secrets).

The wizarding world has shaped my love of fantasy, and in the Muggle world I am pursuing this through a degree in creative writing and film and media. I am a learn-to-swim instructor and would love to continue to give back to the community through my future work and career. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy reading, swimming, travelling the world, mucking around with my camera, and spending time with my friends and family.

Emily Hedrick

Editorialist


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/
Staff Member of the Month: 07/2018
I'm a Ravenclaw/Thunderbird nerd with a passion for all things Potter. My favorite character is Remus Lupin, and my favorite book is Prisoner of Azkaban. I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone when I was 11 years old, so I had the pleasure of growing up with Harry and his friends as I read the books. I love so many things about the series, but my favorite thing is how authentically it illuminates the highs and lows of different stages of adolescence. When you strip away the magical elements (not that you'd want to), the series is in many ways a coming-of-age story that we Muggles can easily relate to and draw strength from. I didn't fully appreciate this aspect of the series until I was struggling with depression and still struggling to find myself in college. Rereading the series during that time helped me immensely.

 

Harry Potter has also played a central role in my career path. I used to be a children's lead bookseller at Barnes & Noble, where I got to work at the release parties for the sixth and seventh books. In addition to being an editorialist at MuggleNet, I am currently a freelance writer and a youth services librarian. At my library job, I recommend the series to readers of all ages and am always envious when someone checks out the first book for the first time. I also love planning Potter-themed programs as often as possible. When I'm not working or writing, I enjoy reading, gaming, and spending time with my husband, family, and friends.

Kevin Assam

Editorialist


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/naturzen

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!

Laurie Beckoff

Editorialist


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/LaurieWeasley
My journey with Harry Potter began in 2000 at the age of six with my parents reading it aloud to me. It sparked a lifelong love of reading, fantasy, Latin, and medieval literature, leading me to pursue a bachelor's degree in English at the University of Chicago and a master's in Medieval Literatures and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh. I presented my undergraduate thesis, "All the Difference in the World: Action, Circumstance, and Genre in Harry Potter and Le Morte D'Arthur," at the 5th Annual Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College and an early version of my master's dissertation, "From Sword to Sorcery: The Medieval(ist) Juxtaposition of Magic and Might in Harry Potter," at the 2nd Annual Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations (GIFCon) at the University of Glasgow. I have volunteered for the International Quidditch Association as a member of editorial staff and the Entertainment Coordinator for Quidditch World Cups VI and VII, working with acts such as Harry and the Potters and Team StarKid. I'm originally from New York City. My other interests include theatre, dance, and science fiction.

Lindsay Docken

Editorialist


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/lindsay_docken

 
I first picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone when I was about six years old and promptly devoured it in a day. After that, I read each novel as soon as I could get my hands on them... even if that meant in the bookstore checkout line. Over a decade later, my love of the series has never faded and has even inspired my passion for creative writing.

In the Muggle world, I am a high school senior, and in my free time I enjoy listening to the Jim Dale audiobooks and baking, often at the same time. In addition, I currently hold six SCUBA diving certifications, but my real talents include reciting the first page and a half of Sorcerer's Stone from memory and working Potter references into my daily life – even if the Muggles don't realize it.

Lucy Demuth

Video Producer


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

 
I was introduced to the world of Harry Potter when I was 10 by my mum. She gave me the audiobook to help me get interested in reading, and thanks to Harry Potter, my love of reading came along with my love of the world. I have traveled all the way from Australia to London to see the Studio Tour and visit the birthplace of the Boy Who Lived, Edinburgh, slowly ticking off the Harry Potter bucket list.

My love of Harry Potter has had a huge impact on me, and the films have made me pursue a career in the film and TV industry and create stories that can impact people in the way that Harry Potter has for so many people.

Monet Polny

Editorialist


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/monetpolny
Staff Member of the Month: 09/2018
I spent most of high school walking around with headphones listening to the Alohomora! podcast. I hadn't known that there was a whole world of Potterheads just as obsessed as I was. I realized that Potter had really changed my life when I woke up one day glad to have frizzy hair because then I would resemble Hermione. I started writing because I felt a pull to create characters that were just as lovable and as special as those in the books I've read.
I'm currently teaching yoga classes before I head off to my first year of college in the fall. I will be studying creative writing, although I wish I could have grown up to be a Magizoologist instead.

Nathalia Vélez

Editorialist & Copy Editor


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/VelezRNath

 
I was 9 years old when my parents bought me my first Harry Potter book. I immediately became immersed in that universe and the world of Harry Potter helped shape who I am today. My love for The Boy Who Lived inspired my love of reading, which eventually turned into a love of writing. I have a degree in Journalism with a minor in Cinema Studies and enjoy consuming (and writing about) books, movies, television, pop culture, and art in general.

I'm originally from Venezuela and currently live in Denver, CO. I've had the distinct pleasure of reading and rereading Harry Potter in Spanish and English, and I am happy to report the the experience is equally magical, no matter the language. When I don't have my nose in a book, I love baking (and eating baked goods).

Sophia Jenkins

Editorialist


Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

I first started reading Harry Potter when I was seven years old, and from that age the series has been my inspiration for creativity. As a child I would decorate Harry Potter cakes, make "Polyjuice Potion" out of ingredients from the kitchen cabinet, create miniature panoramas of Hogwarts out of popsicle sticks, and even assign Defense Against the Dark Arts "homework" to my friends. As I grew older, Harry Potter has inspired me to write, think, and connect ideas. I like to use my other interests like psychology, mythology, and literature as a lens from which to view the series.  I am overjoyed to have this opportunity to write about Harry Potter for MuggleNet's Creative Team!

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Graphics

Chloe Morris

Graphic Designer


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/_chloe_morris_

 
I've been a Harry Potter fan since our class was read an extract from Philosopher's Stone when I was seven years old. The film of the same name came out shortly after this time, and after that, my obsession with the wizarding world was ignited! I don't think anyone could have predicted the effect that Harry Potter has had on my life, never mind that my love for the series is just as strong now as it was back then!

Growing up alongside Harry has paralleled and shaped my life in many ways. I hope to one day meet J.K. Rowling herself just so I can thank her for the wonderful world she has created and how much joy she has brought, and still brings, me. To this day, I still turn to Harry when I need a source of comfort, compassion, and courage.

Although I didn't get the chance to attend Hogwarts, I did study graphic design at Nottingham Trent University. In my Muggle life, I'm now a full-time graphic designer by day and a part-time graphics sorceress for MuggleNet by night.

Stephanie Norton

Graphic Designer


Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/yorufusonfire

 
We all know the book fair that happen at school right? During my fourth grade we have a book fair come to my school and that is where I found the first Harry Potter book and I was hooked the moment I started reading it. Now I have read the series countless of times, and I’m always listening to the audiobooks.

I went to Fitchburg State University for Graphic Design and now, being a part of MuggleNet, I get to help design pieces for my favorite fandom! I live in New England with my husband and two Pomeranians. I have been able to travel to England and see the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, as well as see Cursed Child. I have also taken my husband to the Wizarding World down in Florida multiples and I have a Harry Potter tattoo! I am a Hufflepuff as well as a Pukwudgie and my Patronus is a Brown Hare.

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News

Bethan Roberts

Quidditch Correspondent


Gryffindor
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

 
I was a mere six years old when I initially watched the first Harry Potter movie, and it wasn't long after that that I was hooked, quickly devouring every book as soon as I got my hands on it. This devotion carried on through my college years, whereupon I helped develop a Muggle quidditch team through my work with my university's Harry Potter Society.
 
As Quidditch Correspondent, I have had the great fortune of exploring Muggle quidditch from across the world and bringing it to the attention of MuggleNet readers. As I build awareness of this niche but growing sport, it is my hope that I inspire more people to get involved and fall in love with the sport, just as I have.

Gayane Kaligian

Journalist


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

 
The memory of my first encounter with Harry Potter is a hazy one, but all I remember is that I devoured the books in one summer and never looked back since. Since then, I’ve plotted my journey to Hogwarts on a map several times, tried to build a real, working Snitch, and spent many a math class gazing out the window wishing I were in Charms class instead. Harry Potter has gotten me through the darkest of times and the hardest of essay questions.

In Muggle life, I can usually be found designing costumes and arguing about feminism in comic books. I’m an avid fencer and archer, though sadly not on the level of my beloved Wonder Woman.

Jessica Barber

Journalist


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

 
When I started reading Harry Potter, Harry and I were roughly the same age. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and I all grew up together, and I eagerly awaited every new book, every announcement, and every clue about what might happen at Hogwarts next. I still haven’t entirely gotten over my need to scour the internet for HP rumors, so MuggleNet and I are a match made in wizard heaven. Becoming part of the other side of the Harry Potter news network is a thrilling turn of events! In the Muggle world, I am a librarian at a delightfully Hogwarts-like university, but I try to be more welcoming that Madam Pince.

Lucy O’Shea

Journalist


Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/ScoobyLuce

 
My brother and I were given a copy of Philosopher's Stone by a relative in 2001, and from the first chapter, I was hooked. Since then, I have thrown myself into everything Potter, devouring the books and films, visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, and of course, keeping up with the latest news on MuggleNet. I have been lucky enough to meet J.K. Rowling twice and owe some of my greatest friendships to our shared love of the wizarding world.

In my Muggle life, I completed a degree in history with French in 2016 and currently work full-time. I'm an avid follower of Formula One, and I also enjoy reading, traveling, watching The West Wing, and Doctor Who.

Mary Wojcicki

Journalist


Slytherin
http://www.twitter.com/MaryWojcicki

Staff Member of the Month: 01/2015

I have been a lifelong fan of the Harry Potter series, having discovered the series through the first film at age four. I was a strange child, and something about Voldemort’s face on the back of Professor Quirrell’s head fascinated me enough to get me hooked. That’s fine by me; I’ve been a fan of MuggleNet for nearly as long as I’ve loved Potter, and I have been a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. A proud Slytherin, I am still fully convinced that I am a Hogwarts student, no matter what Ilvermorny says.

In the Muggle world, I spend my free time ballroom dancing, writing, and traveling. While I currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee, I have always had an immense interest in other cultures, and I am nearly certified to teach English as a foreign language.

Shelby Dale DeWeese

Journalist


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/sddeweese

 
I discovered Harry when I was eight years old and have stuck with the boy wizard ever since. I joined the Transcription Team back in 2009 as a MuggleCast transcriber. Nearly a decade later, I'm still transcribing for MuggleNet, and now I'm proud to also be a part of the News Team! In my Muggle life, I am a poet, educator, and childcare provider. I earned my MFA in poetry from the University of San Francisco in 2017, and these days I can be found most mornings encouraging elementary school students to write original stories alongside an ex-pirate-turned-publisher at the education nonprofit 826 Valencia. DFTBA!

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MuggleNet Fan Fiction

Rosie Morris

Fan Fiction Administrator

rosie@staff.mugglenet.com
Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/RoxyBlackMNFF

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.

Transcribers

Eric Rakestraw

Transcript Editor


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/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!

Jessica Kallmeyer

Transcript Editor


Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/jkallmeee

 
A true Hufflepuff fascinated with the HP world since age 9. My brother was gifted Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1998. I
stole his copy (like a big sister would), devoured it, and never looked back! I attended most of the book/movie midnight releases with my best friend growing up. I've been a Pottermore member since its beta days and still visit sometimes. I discovered the Alohomora! podcast in 2013 and haven't left since. Long-time MuggleNet follower and so honored to be a part of this transcribing/editing team. Mission: to keep HP magic alive in "real life" and pass it to the next generation.

My dream jobs would be to work for MuggleNet or the WWoHP (even just working a Butterbeer cart! Anything!). 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, have Jim Dale read HP repeatedly year round in my car, family time, HP and Christmas movie marathons, read, and plan in my planner. Sending love!

Jessica Mitton

Transcript Editor


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/jemitton

 
My brother first read Sorcerer's Stone to me when I was in the first grade, but I stupidly thought I was too cool for the series that the rest of my family loved. A few years later, the last book was about to be released, and I realized how much I had missed out on by refusing to partake in Harry's world. As a ten-year-old, I spent five weeks trying to read all of the books before Deathly Hallows came out. I still remember sitting on the floor in a corner of Borders, trying to finish Half-Blood Prince before midnight when everyone would be able to buy their copy of the last book. There are some things you can't do without ending up becoming a devoted, lifelong Harry Potter fan, and reading all the books in a matter of a month and a half is one of them.

In my Muggle life, I am a pre-med student majoring in English Language/Editing. I love going to concerts, collecting books with gorgeous cover art, fangirling over everything Potter related, binge-watching Gilmore Girls and Grey's Anatomy, following the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, and convincing people to use the Oxford comma.

Sarah Beth Krutul

Transcript Editor



http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

 
The first movie came out when I was seven, and I was instantly hooked! Harry Potter will always be the best part of my childhood, and it continues to be a big part of my life now. My favorite book and movie of the series is Prisoner of Azkaban, and I would do anything for a Marauders spin-off. I am a proud Hufflepuff who has double-majored in Psychology and Linguistics, and I am also a huge fan of Star Trek, Marvel, and Gothic literature. In my free time, I write fiction, entertain my four cats, and study languages.

Deanna Abrash

Transcriber


Slytherin
http://www.twitter.com/dnabrash

 
A little before the first Harry Potter film hit theaters, my close neighbor family – the Weasleys to my Harry – introduced me to a magical book series. The rest is history! I stumbled into discussion forums, wrote (well, am still writing) fan fiction, and even grew up to play Quidditch through my college years at Notre Dame. I gained a profound respect for the Hogwarts professors as I slowly lost my mind in graduate school while teaching, pursuing dual degrees, and running a dormitory of first-year students. Through it all, Harry's stories remained dear to my heart and an easy way to go "home" when I wanted.

These days, my Muggle life sees me finishing my post-postgraduate studies and freelancing as a classical pianist, audio engineer, video editor, transcriptionist, designer, writer, tutor, and marketing manager. In spirit, I'm traveling the world with Newt Scamander studying all the wonderful creatures it has to offer – I can't wait for the future installments of Fantastic Beasts! I'm so grateful to J.K. Rowling for creating this amazing world, and to all the fans who keep the magic alive by finding new ways to express our love for all things Potter.

Jennifer Rapp

Transcriber


Hufflepuff
http://www.twitter.com/jenrrapp

 
Like many Harry Potter fans, I grew up with the boy wizard and his world since I was 8 or 9. My uncle (who has always sent me books for my birthday and Christmas) sent my family the first book. It did take me a while to come around to boy with a lightning bolt shaped scar flying on a broomstick, though. But when I did, I totally immersed myself in Harry's world. I saw Sorcerer's Stone when I was 11 years old, the same age as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It felt as if I too was going to Hogwarts for the first time and sharing in Harry's adventures, so the first film is very near and dear to my heart. I started listening to MuggleCast on and off since 2010, my favorite segment being Chapter by Chapter. Based off that information, you could probably guess my reaction when I finally discovered the Alohomora! podcast with the chapter rereads.

Apart from being a Harry Potter fan, I do have a BA in English from California Lutheran University. In my spare time, I love to read and write poetry, and I have even self-published my own book. I also enjoy Harry Potter movie marathons and Harry Potter trivia games, though I'm usually relegated to the "phone-a-friend" position since no one wants to play with me anymore haha. I absolutely love MuggleCast and Alohomora!, and I'm so excited to be a part of this team!

Marissa Osman

Transcriber


Ravenclaw
http://www.twitter.com/MuggleNet

 
I don't remember a time when I wasn't a Harry Potter fan. It started with the movies and spread to the books. Unfortunately I was just a couple of years behind the Potter generation; thanks a lot, Mom and Dad! I made up for it though, as I'm now in my early twenties and have curated quite the obsession with our Wizarding World. I'm a Ravenclaw and I fancy myself a Hermione wannabe, so I'm full of Potter information and you can find my nose almost always buried in a book. As far as my Muggle job goes, I make and sell comical candles. I tell people it's because it was the closest I could come to being like Fred and George. I am also in university studying to become a professor of literature, so one could say I aspire to be a bit like the lovely Minerva McGonagall. However, my dearest aspiration in life is to discover what is, exactly, the function of a rubber duck.

My Muggle job and studies take up most of my time, but when I have spare moments I read, write, and fangirl. The most exciting Potter things I have ever done include visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, touring Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, and seeing Cursed Child in the Palace Theatre performed by the original cast and meeting said cast!

I am forever grateful to J.K. Rowling and credit her for creating the work that shaped my life into what it is today.

Srivatsan Vasudevan

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Hufflepuff
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I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I was first introduced to Harry Potter by playing the Chamber of Secrets CD-ROM game when I was nine years old, and I still remember how fascinated I was with it. I then started reading all of the books and started watching all the movies, and from then, I haven't looked back!

In the Muggle world, I am an engineering student studying computer science, and my hobbies are listening to music, writing short stories, playing cricket, and of course re-reading Harry Potter!