Fan Focus: Jade – December 22, 2013

JADE

Age 18 – Melbourne, Australia
GRYFFINDOR

How did you become a Harry Potter fan?
I am an only child and was always bullied for being different. The one day my mum took me to see the first film and all of a sudden, my world changed. I finally had friends; Harry, Ron and Hermione. I was only 7 but read the books as much as I could. I would write Hogwarts letters to myself and get a stick as my wand. Now I’m 18, and have been in the hospital with anorexia, severe depression and anxiety. I have wanted to give up many times, but then I would pick up a book or the movie and fight for my life.

Describe what being part of the Harry Potter fandom has meant to you in 7 words or less.
Made me believe in love and happiness.

What Potter fandom memory would you keep in your Pensieve?
The first time I saw the movie, even though it’s not quite like the feelings I get when I read the books. I remember every detail about how I was feeling when the screen became filled with this new world. It was the first time I remember feeling happy.

What do you think you might see if given the chance to look into the Mirror or Erised?
I think I would see myself happy. Just perhaps me smiling. That’s all I really want, I just want some day to be happy.

Jade