Harry Potter fans never wanted Harry Potter to end. Even in the mid-2000s, when a book or movie release was always on the horizon, fans spent the downtime generating their own material. The time between the release of J.K. Rowling’s Deathly Hallows and the final films was a fan-generated Potter content renaissance: FanFiction.net and LiveJournal exploded with fic, college students composed three whole musicals centered around Harry Potter, and even a couple of puppets achieved viral fame. The creators behind these heralded pieces of Pottermania weren’t just big fans; they were also immensely talented. Potter was just a launch pad. Fan-created Potter content never went away, but today, the passion for those creations rarely reaches the fervor of the 2000s. Many fans who grew up in the Potter fandom became more critical of the books and the expanded universe that has grown to surround them. The validity of the theatrical sequel, The Cursed Child, has been questioned by fans, … [Read more...] about Where the stars of Harry Potter’s fan-generated golden age are today
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July 31 means we’ve hit the tail-end of the summer, but for passionate Harry Potter fans, it also means we must celebrate Harry’s birthday (and author J.K. Rowling’s, but that’s not as important). On July 31, 2018, Harry turns 38, which is a big step from the teenage boy we knew in our youths. Some casual fans aren’t aware that the Harry Potter books actually take place in the ’90s. That’s right: The Boy Who Lived rocked his teen days in the time of the Backstreet Boys and inflatable furniture. This, however, brings up one very glaring factual error in Harry’s Muggle life: Dudley’s PlayStation. In the beginning of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which takes place in the school year of 1994-5, Dudley is super frustrated with his family’s attempts to put him on a diet, so he angrily tosses his PlayStation out of the window, a humorous event that Harry recounts in a letter to his godfather, Sirius Black. They told him … [Read more...] about In honor of Harry Potter’s 38th birthday, we remember Dudley’s PlayStation
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has earned some criticism for its plot holes and contradicting established Harry Potter canon. However, it’s possible that the developers have more Harry Potter knowledge than fans are giving them credit for, as one Reddit user has found a line in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that could arguably be a clever reference to the events in the game. Reddit user Vsbux is re-reading the Harry Potter novels, and in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, they found a line that could allude to the events of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. The line in question comes about when Ron recalls that his brother Bill Weasley once told him about a “secret chamber” at the school, and while that “chamber’ could very well be the Chamber of Secrets, it’s also possible Bill was referring to the Cursed Vaults.After all, Hogwarts Mystery shows that a portion of Bill Weasley’s time at … [Read more...] about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Reference Found in the Books?
When Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery released last week, one thing stood out more than a Ukrainian Ironbelly flying over the Houses of Parliament: the price of microtransactions. So expensive were some of the in-app purchases, that simple cosmetic items like scarves and robes could cost as much as £20/$27. It was as a bit of a relief when reports came through that the prices of microtransactions were being lowered – but that wasn’t without issues of its own. Instead of a blanket reduction or sale, it emerged that developer Jam City were A/B testing pricing offers for premium currency sales, meaning players were getting the same amount of in-game resources for different prices. As you can imagine – this hasn’t gone down too well. Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery has already been on the receiving end of widespread criticism for what has been seen as a grasping and aggressive attitude to monetisation. The Guardian called it “a shameless shakedown”, … [Read more...] about Pricing inconsistencies continue as Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery microtransaction criticism grows
A Harry Potter fan film that got underway with Warner Bros.’ blessings after a 2016 crowdfunding campaign has launched. Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, went up on YouTube yesterday. The film’s makers, Tryangle Films, are very careful to say it’s a non-commercial work that isn’t endorsed by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. or any of the companies managing that canon. Still, it scratches a big itch for Potter fans — the backstories of principal characters from the eight-movie series that spanned a decade. Tryangle Films began a crowdfunding venture for the movie back in 2016, and shortly after the filmmakers were contacted by Warner Bros., the rights holders to the movie series. Crowdfunding went on hold as the two sides talked, and Tryangle emerged with tacit permission to make the film on a non-profit basis and launch it on YouTube. The tension was worth it, because the story that co-directors Gianmaria Pezzato and Stefano Prestia wanted to … [Read more...] about Harry Potter fan film — covering Voldemort’s rise — launches on YouTube