Fan Focus: Angie – January 4, 2015
Age 45 – Toronto, Canada
How did you become a Harry Potter fan?
In July of 2010 I was home sick for a few weeks with a respiratory illness. I couldn’t do anything but watch TV and read. I had been seeing all [of] the movies as they came out but had not read the books. A friend had lent me the first couple. Once I started reading them I was hooked! I quickly got my own copies and have read the series many times. I enjoyed the movies, but so much of the story is lost in them. I fell in love with the Harry Potter story because of the books.
If you could have one prop from the set of the films, which would it be?
The “H” sweater that Mrs. Weasley gives Harry for Christmas in the first book. I lost my own [m]other to cancer three years ago, and that scene is very symbolic to me. To me it symbolizes Molly taking Harry into her family. The sweater would be like a [m]otherly hug and wrapping myself in the magic J.K. [Rowling] created.
What Potter fandom memory would you keep in your Pensieve?
My first trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, the year it opened. It was amazing! It was like walking into the books! Tasting Butterbeer for the first time, hearing Moaning Myrtle talking in the bathroom, walking through the Hogwarts Castles [sic], it was all so magical!
Describe what being part of the Harry Potter fandom has meant to you in seven words or less.
It keeps me young at heart!