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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.
I have been a Harry Potter fan since 1998, when I learned to read using J.K. Rowling's captivating work. My dad gave me my first exposure to Harry and his story by reading me Philosopher/Sorcerer's Stone as a bedtime story. Too impatient to wait for a parent to get home from work to continue the story, I took it upon myself to put letters into words and words into sentences. Since then, my life has been filled with midnight book and movie releases, trips to the Studio Tour, theme parks, and more. In proper Patil style, I am a Hufflepuff and my twin sister is a sorted Slytherin. I credit J.K. Rowling for her influence in shaping my life. My love for reading and writing, which stemmed from Potter, played an important part in my graduation from Indiana University with a degree in English, a Concentration in Creative Writing, and a minor certificate in Business Marketing. I now attend the University of Notre Dame, seeking graduate studies in Theology. In addition to Harry Potter, I dabble in other fandoms and TV shows (there are too many to list), piano, fine arts (drawing, painting, etc.) and have an intense love for travel. I took trips on 17 different airplanes in 2016! As a Harry Potter fan, I began following Harry Potter fansites about 12 years ago, and I am ecstatic to be a part of the MuggleNet family!
Creative & Marketing Directorkat@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!
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.
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.
In the Muggle world, I'm a high school English and drama teacher. 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!
Senior News Editorcatherine@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
Senior Contributing Editoreric@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
Senior Copy Editorfelicia@staff.mugglenet.com
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!
Senior Journalist & Marketing Assistantjessica@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.
Content Team Managerbeth@staff.mugglenet.com
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).
Content Team Managerliz@staff.mugglenet.com
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!
Content Team Assistant Manageremily@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
Creative Content Manageramy@staff.mugglenet.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 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.
Creative Staff Managerlizzie@staff.mugglenet.com
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!
Creative Strategy Managermadison@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
News Team Managermeganf@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
In my Muggle life, I am a legal assistant at a local law firm by day, musician by night. My hobbies also 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.
Social Media Team Leader (Twitter)firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released the day of my ninth birthday party. My friend’s mom knew I loved to read and stood in line that morning to buy the book for me. Before this, I had not read the Potter series. My mom started reading them when they first came out and had told me to read them over and over again (But what 9-year-old listens to their mom?). I remember feeling bad for not being able to read this birthday present, and that’s what pushed me to start Sorcerer’s Stone. Since that fateful day in July 2005, Harry Potter has transformed my life. I’ve attended midnight releases and traveled to other cities for cons. I found the world of YouTube communities, which has changed how I view the world in so many ways. I’ve made amazing Internet friends, whom I can’t imagine not having in my life. And now that I’m working for MuggleNet, Harry Potter is helping me get closer to achieving my Muggle dreams.
I’m about to graduate from Saint Joseph’s College with a degree in history adolescence education and a minor in journalism. I’m hoping to find a job in journalism or social media for a few years before I begin teaching later on in life. If I’m not obsessing over Harry Potter, I’m attending concerts or buying more books to add to my to-be-read pile.
Creative Social Media Managerashley@staff.mugglenet.com
When I was seven years old, my mundane and normal life became magical right before my very eyes. In 2001, my mother took me to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at our local theater in Portage, Indiana. The moment I walked out of the theaters, my life was never the same. The older I got, the more my passion grew for the Harry Potter series. There would be days when I would not leave my room because I just HAD to know what Harry and his friends were up to or if Voldemort had really returned or if Sirius Black was actually innocent. I would get in trouble in elementary school at times because I would read instead of paying attention to the lessons. Harry Potter was hands down the best part of my childhood and played an even biggest role in my adulthood. Those books have been there for me when I felt like I had no one else. Now I am 23 years old, and I cannot even imagine what my world would be like without Harry.
I also have an unhealthy obsession with Sirius Black and I am okay with that.
Social Media Team Leader (Facebook) & Optimization Wizardmegan@staff.mugglenet.com
Staff Member of the Month: 04/2017
Staff Member of the Year: 2017
When I was 8, I started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone when my mom got it for me from the library. And when I was 17, I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in a tearful heap on my bedroom floor less than 24 hours after it had officially been released. In between, Harry gave me a lifetime of adventure, inspiration, friendship, and camaraderie with other people who felt the same way.
While Harry Potter accounts for many important aspects of my life, my existence outside of that realm includes things such as a BA in English Writing, a career in digital marketing, a passion for writing, and sometimes, if I'm lucky, a healthy dose of travel.
Social Media Team Leader (Instagram)email@example.com
It all began with my grandmother reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to me before bed, and it took off when I grabbed Goblet of Fire and channeled my inner Hermione for a bit of "light reading" the summer going into my second grade year. Since then, Harry Potter has truly become a part of who I am, shaping me in ways I couldn't have possibly imagined growing up. It has taught me the truth of friendship, bravery, and love – and there will never come a day where I don't cry at the mention of "Always." Harry Potter is basically my life, and J.K. Rowling is the Queen. In my Muggle life, you can find me at Seattle Pacific, studying International Affairs. I have a profound love of music, particularly movie soundtracks, and adore my cello, Leonardo, with all my heart. I am a nerd of many fandoms and find myself at countless film premieres and events, as well as spending my money left and right on every sort of collectible memorabilia I can find – for the force is with those who use money wisely.
Social Media Team Leader (Tumblr)firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Member of the Month: 12/2015
My mom and my sister started reading Harry Potter aloud to me just after the fourth book was released and before the first movie came out, when I was just 6 years old. It took me some time to get hooked but then I never turned back, and I began reading the books on my own. I later found MuggleNet and immersed myself in the fandom. Harry has led me around the world attending conventions, visiting the Studio Tour, and traversing the theme park.
When I'm not talking about Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, I'm writing stories, filming webseries, hosting podcasts, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and living at Disney World. Sometimes all at the same time.
Assistant Standards & Procedures Coordinatoraurelia@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
Special Projects Coordinatorlainey@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
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.
Senior Transcript Editor & Social Media Copy Editormeg@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
Social Media Coordinatornicole@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
Special Projects Coordinatorrachael@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
Standards & Procedures Coordinatorvictoria@staff.mugglenet.com
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.
Ever since receiving the first three Harry Potter books as presents on Christmas Day in 1999 (with an inscription from my Aunt Judy in my copy of Sorcerer's Stone reading "Hoping this begins a great adventure"), I have been hooked on J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and the escape it provided me. The books were just pure joy and magic to read. I anxiously awaited the release of each subsequent book in the series, and during the waiting period, MuggleNet was my go-to source for Harry Potter book and movie news. Each of the film adaptations I made sure to see at least 5–6 times in theaters, going with anyone and everyone in my acquaintance who happened to be seeing it. In April 2014 I first discovered the Alohomora! podcast when they were making their way through Order of the Phoenix, and since then I've been an avid listener on my work commutes. It is pretty much a dream come true to be able to help transcribe the podcast episodes for Alohomora! and to be considered a MuggleNet intern!
I currently work in human services as a case manager for adults with intellectual disabilities and have been working in the field for the past 10 years now. I graduated from Boston College in 2009 with a dual BA in English and Communications with a focus in journalism. It is still my dream to become a journalist or reporter and to one day write and publish a book! I could also see myself teaching English, which would most definitely include incorporating Harry Potter into my curriculum. Most people know me for my obsession with all things Harry Potter, as it is one of my main personality traits. I have been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks at Universal Studios in Orlando twice now for two consecutive A Celebration of Harry Potter weekends in both 2015 and 2016, and they were two of the most memorable trips I have ever taken with some other die-hard HP fans. The level of detail in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley is truly incredible, and meeting so many other Potterheads at all of the events and panels made me love how the story of Harry Potter has brought together millions of people around the world in a collective love of these modern classics. I look forward to the day when I can share the world of Harry Potter with my kids, and hopefully instill in them a love of reading for pleasure as my parents did for me.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Back in 2000 I was eight years old and my dad brought home a really cool looking book with a dragon on the cover. I wanted to read it but instead he gave me a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and told me to start there instead. That was my first experience with Harry Potter and I've been a huge fan ever since. I spent most of my days through high school making costumes for midnight release parties, or studying for trivia contests, or reading fanfic, or listening to wizard rock, or just trying my best to actually become Hermione Granger. I was worried when I went off to college that as the final movies came out and I met new people Harry Potter would become less important in my life but instead it's only grown. Harry Potter has been the start of many of my closest friendships and has become so much more than just my favorite book series over the years. In the Muggle world I'm a software engineer in Connecticut. When not obsessing over the latest Harry Potter news I'm watching hockey (go Blues!) with my husband, reading on my Kindle, or playing with my cat Stella, who will be coming with me to Hogwarts when my very overdue letter arrives!
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.
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. 😉
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
Lead Video Producer
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.
I've been a Harry Potter fan since the womb. It's in my DNA. My mother has been a fan of Harry Potter since it's original release, so when I came along we spent a lot of our time either watching or reading the magical movies and books brought to us by J.K Rowling. Some of my earliest memories are sitting on the couch with my family viewing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone during ABC Family Harry Potter Weekends. As soon as I could read, I began consuming the book series, which I have now completed many times over. On Halloween of 2016 I was hired as an intern for MuggleNet, which has been one of the best moments of my life. Being able to share my love of the wizarding world is probably the best job I could imagine.
In my Muggle life, I am an 8th Grade student in the isolated wilderness that is Wyoming. I'm pretty sure there are more cows in my county than people. Most of my free time is spent either reading, playing or watching football, or chanting spells hoping one will work. I've perfected Lumos, although performing it requires assistance from the flashlight on my phone.
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!
Surprisingly, I didn't get into Harry Potter straight away. I only read it at my sister's behest, and since she was far from an avid reader, I decided I'd better heed her. My enthusiasm for the series then grew to far outstrip her casual appreciation, but it had still not reached the full-blown nerd level that it is today, until one day, feeling stressed about uni, I picked up the series for the first time in some years and fell head over heels in love with it all over again. Since then, I've been rereading the series every year, and have also delved into the many other delights that the fandom has to offer, such as fan art, fan fiction, Harry Potter pub quizzes, and the Very Potter Musicals.
Aside from reaffirming the meaning of the word 'fanatic', I have a great many interests, such as reading, writing, singing, playing piano and guitar, drawing/painting, makeup artistry, theater, jewelry making, bush walking, and op shopping (that's thrift shopping to you Americans). I am, as they say, a jack of all trades, and master of none. That being said, my dearest ambition in life is to become a published author, and with someone as magical to look up to as J.K. Rowling herself, inspiration is awaiting me every time I pick up those timeless books.
Lila Riesen is an English lecturer, personal trainer, self-defense instructor, and YA writer with an unhealthy espresso habit. She has MA degrees in English Literature and English Linguistics from the University of Zurich. She has traded views of the Swiss Alps for the beautiful beaches of SoCal. Her beach jogs are often sidelined by the uncontrollable urge to pet roaming cats. Indeed, she still hopes to come across transfigured McGonagall one day. Without Harry Potter, Lila would not be the be the zany read and write-a-holic she is today.
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.
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.
I was entranced and devoted to the world of Harry Potter when the first film came out; I was 6 years old. When I was younger, I did not fancy reading as much as I do now, although I was a completely head over heels fan of the series regardless. It was not until a few years back that I actually picked up the first book of the series, that my father had bought for me when they first came out, and began reading. In my elementary school years, I convinced a bunch of my friends that I was a witch (which I truly believed). I was so disappointed when I had packed up my belongings and threw on my cloaks, just to come down stairs and have “the talk” with my father.
A little outside my love for Harry Potter, I am a dedicated and passionate cinematographer and editor, with hopes to work in the film and television industry. Aside from my aspirations, I often play guitar and write music, paint, read (finally), and go on spontaneous adventures. I am very pleased to have found a video internship here at MuggleNet; I get to live out the fandom in ways I never even thought possible. Even more importantly, I’ve found people who are just as obsessed as me!
Editorialist & Copy Editor
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gretchen F. Roesch
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!
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.
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.
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.
As I am older than many here, my Harry Potter devotion is inextricably linked not to my own childhood, but to my children’s. They were 7 and 5 when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released, but throughout the years we attended every midnight release party possible, from books to movies, staying up to all hours to read just one more chapter, or be among the first to see the next movie (and going to school and/or work late the next day, we had our priorities straight!) I devoured everything right along with them, excitedly discussing each chapter, each scene, each new piece of the adventure, and although they are now 25 and 23, these are still some of our fondest memories. I love and appreciate the amazing world that J.K. Rowling created for us all, not only as a mother and former teacher, but also for the joy and excitement I still feel from every new encounter with this most magical universe.
When not searching the skies for owls or brooms, I can be found doing mundane Muggle activities such as crafting (knitting and crochet would be so much quicker with enchanted needles and hooks), reading (willing the pictures to move), and spreading my obsessive nature to a few other fandoms (I swear Sherlock must use some sort of magic to figure things out so quickly, and Doctor Strange’s magic is on a whole other level!) I am so thrilled to be an intern here at MuggleNet, and look forward to the adventure ahead!
Shelby Dale DeWeese
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!
I grew up alongside Harry Potter and have been a fan for many, many years. Most of my long-lasting friendships have a pretty solid basis in Potter, and I think without it my life would be so much less exciting. I joined the MuggleNet team in 2016 as an events intern in London, but I now spend my time working with the News Team. My 11-year-old self would be beyond thrilled to see me working with MuggleNet!
In the Muggle world, I work as a media producer for film and television. I binge as many TV shows as I can get my hands on and find myself rereading Harry Potter more often than not!
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I have never had the misfortune of living in a world without Harry Potter, and have been reading the books and watching the movies for as long as I can remember. However, I only got involved with the online fanbase around the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, so I am now super excited to be interning with MuggleNet at such an important time in the Potter fandom. Harry Potter has influenced every aspect of my life - from my beliefs to my career goals, and I always thankful for that. Off the Quidditch pitch, I am a student at Loyola Marymount University (Go Lions!) double majoring in Film and Television Production and Business. I like to stay busy and enjoy travel, reading, and all sorts of pop culture. In four years, I hope to be nannying for Eddie Redmayne’s kids or working for Warner Bros.
Social Media (Twitter)
I started my Harry Potter journey with the movies. My whole family loved them, so we went to the premieres as they came out and I loved them! When I got older, I realized I needed to read the books and it's been an obsession ever since. I've been lucky enough to surround myself with other Potter lovers to share the magic with, so I'm always immersed in the wizarding world. Now, Order of the Phoenix is my favorite book and I always seem to be in the middle of a series reread.
In my Muggle life, I'm a college student at Purdue University getting a degree in Professional Writing and Anthropology, and I work as an intern in social media marketing. After graduating, I hope to continue in social media.
Social Media (Facebook)
I realized I was a witch at age 7, when my mom read me Philosopher's Stone and sparks flew out of my eyes. I was enchanted! I've always known our world to be laced with magic, and these books are proof. Today, I still believe in the magic of words and the power of love. This belief fuels my aspirations as not only a fiction writer and poet, but as a spiritual healer as well. I follow the guidance of those I love, including the spirits and stars, and Professor Trelawney is one of my role models.
In May 2018, I graduate from Le Moyne College with a bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing, and minors in Psychology and Religious Studies. Some of my favorite things are tea, chocolate, music, novels, poetry, and astrology.
Fandom Chat Admin
Staff Member of the Month: 09/2015, 09/2017
When I was in 7th grade, I received Chamber of Secrets as a gift from a family friend. Not knowing it was the second book in the series, I quickly became confused and frustrated with what I called a "stupid book." I attempted to start the book over 4-5 times, hoping I would finally understand it, until a classmate pointed out that I needed to read Sorcerer's Stone. It was love at first paragraph and I've been obsessed with the Potter world ever since.
Since I never received my Hogwarts letter, I knew working for MuggleNet would be the next best thing. I even get to co-produce our newest podcast, SpeakBeasty!
When I'm forced to act like a Muggle, you can usually find me at a concert or cheering on my beloved Dallas Mavericks and Green Bay Packers (yes, this Texas girl hates the Dallas Cowboys). My greatest accomplishment in life is being a master at communicating through GIFs.
Social Media (Facebook)
Staff Member of the Month: 05/2017
I started reading Harry Potter when I was 12 and it soon became my obsession, to the point that I made my parents get me the books in English, because I couldn't wait for the Spanish version to get to my country, even when I had to had a dictionary with me all the time. Currently I'm a lawyer and supervisor for a Gender-based Violence project for an NGO in my country.
I witnessed the birth of MuggleNet and have enjoyed the page since then (specially The Wall of Shame), even though I never tried to be an staff member until now. So this internship, with the Social Media Team (Facebook Instant Articles), is really special for me. Hopefully this experience will lead to great thing and even greater friendships.
Brenda Nathaly Hermes
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My name is Brenda and I'm from Mexico. I have been a Potterhead for as long as I can remember (almost all my life), so the Boy Who Lived and all his friends were a huge part of me; they inspired me and got me into reading and writing (which I love the most). I study Psychology (or Legilimency), and my passion has always been acting and writing. I write horror, fantasy, and sci-fi, which you can assume that Rowling has been a huge influence in my stories. I'm a huge geek and nerd who loves video games, the paranormal, occultism, and everything related to the wizarding world. Most people can't tell, but I'm a witch living in the Muggle world to serve and lend a hand to those who need a little bit of magic in their lives. One of my biggest dreams is to travel around the world, especially to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and of course the Studio Tour in London. My Patronus is a black jaguar and my dog's name is Sirius; I once had a black cat that I named Norris – sounds familiar? If I had a job in the wizarding world, I'd probably be an Auror or work in the Department of Mysteries – best job ever!
Creative Social Media
Staff Member of the Month: 03/2017
My name is Brian Selcik and I am a proud Gryffindor! I live in Alexandria, VA and go to Metropolitan School of the Arts as a sophomore, where I am training to be a musical theatre actor. Harry Potter has been my entire life since I first read the books in 2nd grade. I have literally dedicated my entire life to it. I’ve traveled to London for the Studio Tour and have been to Orlando for Universal multiple times. I continually read the stories over and over and love to absorb new and different information every time.
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Hello, world! I am Disha, a Potterhead from India. I am a Gryffindor by heart and soul, and I believe in magic. For me, this world is not what it actually is. I see it in a different way, a magical way. For me, every mythical creature is real, every magical myth exists, and Hogwarts is not just a fantasy but my life. I don't see the world as it is but as it could be.
I like being surrounded by books and living a thousand lives. Books add magic to my life. According to me, a little bit of imagination and a sprinkle of magic is all you need to make your life perfect.
I am a reader. I am a dreamer. I am a Potterhead.
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When I read the Harry Potter books for the first time, I was eleven. I didn't realize it at the time how perfectly it added up - with Harry being eleven in the first book, but now it makes so much sense. By that time, all the books had already been out, and I missed all the movie premieres, too. I had just been too young - and English is not my native language, so my parents really did not know much about any English popular culture. Harry Potter was one of the first books I have ever read in English. There's this kind of trust that comes after reading a series so great after Harry Potter - you start thinking about how more books can be just as good. I owe this series so much.
I will be starting as an English Major at San José State University in California in the fall, and I love to read. I've met all of my closest friends through Harry Potter somehow - online, at a book store, a book club, etc. They mean so much to me, and it all started with them enjoying this books and wanting to talk about it with others. We may not have magic in our real world, but we have these books, which build friendships and character and things beyond what I could have ever asked for.
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Harry Potter has truly shaped my life. Ever since I was four, I've had the story with me, helping me with creativity and confidence in being the best of myself, and it has really been like a friend to me. The magic inside these books help me escape reality, face up to it when reality is unwelcome, and improve the reality around me. Although the spells and incantations may be a thing of fiction, I do believe that a kind of real magic does exist and it's through the impacts of a story like this that it shows itself.
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Sometime after I turned eight years old, my grandmother bought me the first three Harry Potter books. I picked up my copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and my love for Harry's adventures only grew stronger from that day forward. I was completely encapsulated in this magical world. My adoration for this series only becomes stronger and more sincere every single day. Harry and his adventures taught me to love fiercely, fight hard, cherish friendships, and most of all, believe in magic.
Outside in the Muggle world, I am a college graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies and Journalism. I am an avid reader, aspiring novelist, Mental Health Advocate/Blogger, and a lover of photography. You can usually find me sobbing over the newest YA novel.
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The wizarding world has always been such a fun part of my life. As I was growing up, my grandmother bought me the Harry Potter books; then in my teens I was always at the midnight showings of the movies with my friends; and recently in 2016, my boyfriend got us tickets into a private event where we got to go to the preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood. I now look forward to being able to continue my love for the series by working with the Facebook team here at MuggleNet.
Outside of the magical world, I am a recent college graduate with my bachelors in Business Marketing and couldn't be happier with the choice I made to major in this as it has become such a huge passion of mine. In my free time, I enjoy binge-watching shows on Netflix, cooking/baking, going to Disneyland and Universal Studios, and relaxing with my boyfriend playing video games.
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Staff Member of the Month: 05/2018
I was nine years old when I first watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at the cinema and completely fell in love with it. I immediately raced to the closest bookstore and bought the first four books. The rest, as they say, is history. Since then, I've been a passionate Potterhead, and it has become a part of my everyday. I'm lucky enough to have friends to share this love for Potter with, and I've also been known to turn people who once ignored it into diehard fans.
When I'm not quoting the movies on the hour, I'm a copywriter and have worked in branding, advertising, and marketing (while listening to the movie soundtracks on repeat). I'm from sunny Lisbon, Portugal, and it's a great honor to represent my country on MuggleNet.
I watch way more TV shows than I should, I love reading, and I prefer communicating through GIFs. Lover of London, airports, crispy croissants, and my dog, Joey. An ideal day means staying in with a warm cup of Earl Grey tea, a good book, and my comfy Harry Potter pajamas.
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My introduction to the wizarding world was in first grade when my family adopted a dog named Harry Potter, and we promptly bought the first book and read it together. By my senior year of high school, I was sitting in a theater sobbing over Deathly Hallows - Part 2 because "my childhood was over." Fortunately, that was a bit overdramatic, and through conventions, Fantastic Beasts, Universal Studios, and yes, even Cursed Child (don't hate me ,but I really did like it!), I've continued to have a life full of magic just as obsessed as always! In my Muggle life, I work for an airline, which supports my love of traveling, and I am close to finishing my degree in Internet marketing. In my free time, I enjoy running my dog's Instagram account, watching cooking shows, and drinking massive amounts of coffee.
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Staff Member of the Month: 02/2018
My Harry Potter journey began when I was about 11 years old. I got Books 1–3 for Christmas and devoured them before school resumed from break, and just like that, another Muggle-born got her Hogwarts letter. I'm very passionate about all things Potter, especially spreading the awesomeness of Hufflepuffs to anyone who dares insult them.
In the Muggle world, I'm a stay-at-home mom by day and a writer by night. I enjoy coffee, reading and reviewing books of all genres, the occasional power nap, and hanging out with my family.
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From being teased for talking about Harry Potter too much to doing it for a living, J.K. Rowling's story of boy wizard gave me the career, confidence, morals, and lifelong friends I have today. I'm an Media Management student at Columbia College in Chicago, studying to be a geek for a living a.k.a. work full-time in entertainment marketing. This has included work with the agencies Trailer Park & Deep Focus, as well as my time with the Muggles Association, which has now become the college's largest special interest group. I am a lover of memes, Game of Thrones theories, suggested hashtags, and above all, Cedric Diggory.
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Hi everyone! What can I say, Potter is life. I began my journey in 1998 when I read Sorcerer's Stone with my mother every night and have been hooked ever since. I was the kid with the Harry Potter lunchbox at school and in Hogwarts robes on Halloween – or whenever, really. I have been a user of MuggleNet since 2001 and now, at nearly 30, I'm lucky enough to have a spot on the Creative Social Media staff.
I am a *very* proud Ravenclaw and wouldn't change houses for the world. Speaking of the world, I collect Harry Potter books from around the globe and try to get a copy from every country I visit. In my Muggle life, I work in public relations and digital media at a marketing agency in Houston, Texas. Catch me doing social media for Alohomora!, Facebook for MuggleNet, or shoving popcorn in my mouth at the nearest arthouse cinema. Oh, by the way, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the best book.
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I first read a Harry Potter book when I was seven years old and was lucky enough to then grow up with the book and movie releases. These books helped me through so much throughout my childhood, and Hogwarts very much became an escape, and still is today. I’ve met some of my best friends and experienced some of the best times of my life through Harry Potter. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without these books, and I’m forever thankful for the world J.K. Rowling created. Since I never received my Hogwarts letter, being a part of the MuggleNet team is the next best thing! Aside from Potter, I’m extremely passionate about music (particularly the bands Blink-182 and PVRIS), football (or soccer, as it’s known in some countries), and dogs. I’m usually found at concerts or going to Liverpool F.C. games.
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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.
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!
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!
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.
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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.
Harry Potter has been a part of my life since I was in third grade. I have read the books multiple times, as well as watched the movies. There has never been a time when I have gotten bored of Harry Potter! The series inspired me to create stories of my own, and even pursue fiction writing in college. I am also an actor and animal lover. When I’m not transcribing, I love to read, write, and hang out with my bunny, Lucas.
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.
I've been a fan of Harry Potter since I was nine years old, and have been longing for my Hogwarts (or Ilvermorny?) letter every year since. My mother introduced me to the book series just before the first film came out, and I soon became obsessed with all of the midnight parties, fan fiction/fan sites (hey there, MuggleNet!), and generally getting my hands on anything and everything Harry Potter related. My husband and I even spent our honeymoon at the Wizarding World in Orlando and named our dog after one of my favorite characters, Luna Lovegood.
I currently work as the Box Office/Patron Services Manager at my local community theater. The wonder of the stage and my equal obsession with musical theatre keep the magic alive in my otherwise very Muggle-y life.
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!
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 way back in 2010. Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life, and I seek out the fandom wherever I can; for instance, I'm also a copy editor for the Quidditch Post (which you should totally check out because it's Quidditch! In real life!). When I'm not transcribing, I work as an Educational Mentor where I tutor students with executive dysfunction and ADHD.
Harry Potter has been in my life for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is hiding under my bedsheets at six years old reading Goblet of Fire when I should have been sleeping. That first chapter was terrifying to little me, but I persevered as I was already so invested in this magical world that my mum had introduced me to through bedtime stories. As I've grown up and become an adult, Harry has stayed with me through good times and bad, always being there for me when I needed him. Now I am at university and am currently the president of our Harry Potter society. It's great fun spending time with other Potter fans who are just as obsessed as I am. I also love delving back into Potter with Alohomora! and looking forward to Fantastic Beasts with SpeakBeasty.
I'm a literature student from Uruguay whose life has been absolutely shaped by Potter. I started reading the books (well, my mum started reading them to me until I got too eager and started reading them myself so I didn't have to wait) when I was five or six, but when I read Goblet I got scared and waited a couple of years to read them again. Little did I know that in the next book would appear a character that shared my name and would become one of my favorites (to this day, this brings a huge smile to my face every time I think about it).
Sadly, I didn’t know of the community until 2010/2011 (ten years later), but it has since been a great source of happiness and wonder. Frankly, I don’t know how I survived all of those years without the many in-depth discussions and theories.
My interests (which have all been influenced in some way by HP) include literature, the English language and culture, translation, music, knitting, and making people read Harry Potter (almost in a religious way) because I believe that the world would be a better place if everybody did so.
I am a proud Gryffindor with a hawthorn and dragon heartstring wand. I got into Harry Potter late in the game. My aunt lent me her French copy of Prisoner of Azkaban, and I got hooked immediately. I am bilingual and fluent in English and French. I attended Concordia University and obtained my degree in biochemistry. In my spare time, I love to read, play my violin, play Pokémon, and enjoy the company of my two cats, Bijou and Katou. I am also a pegasister (a female fan of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) and attended BronyCon in 2016. As an avid Harry Potter fan for more than a decade, I do what I can to spread as much of the magic as possible!
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.
Harry has been part of my life since I first found Sorcerer's Stone on a bookshelf in my 4th grade classroom. I have always loved how the books transport me away from the Muggle world and into the richness of the wizarding world. On each reread (or relisten in the car), I fall in love again with each new detail I discover. My first and (so far) only time to the Wizarding World in Florida, Ollivander picked me to test the wands and I was overcome with happiness! I am also a dedicated Alohomora! listener (and was once a guest host!) and somehow only recently began listening to and loving MuggleCast. I am so excited to be a part of the Transcription Team here at MuggleNet!
I have a BA in Dance and was a member of a small dance company for two years. I am now a proud dance teacher, a preschool teacher, and I also professionally fit pointe shoes. I also enjoy baking, cooking, coffee, naps, and my two black cats.
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!