How to be a (True) Harry Potter Fan
How to Be a Harry Potter Fan
Harry Potter is a series of books written by J.K. Rowling that has inspired eight different movies. If you enjoy Harry Potter and want to become a bigger fan, you'll need to incorporate more of the Harry Potter universe into your real life. Luckily, you can become an even bigger Harry Potter fan by doing your research, visiting Harry Potter landmarks, and talking with other Harry Potter fans.
Learning More about Harry Potter
Read all the books.There are seven Harry Potter books in total. In order to be a true Harry Potter fan, you’ll need to read them all. Start with the first book,Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stonebefore moving onto the next book in the series. You can read the Harry Potter series at a library or you can purchase the books online or at a bookstore.
- Take note of all the names and characters so you can talk about Harry Potter with other fans.
- The Harry Potter books includeHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,andHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- You can also purchase a collector’s edition book set online. The books are stored inside of a Harry Potter-themed treasure chest.
Read other books about the Harry Potter universe.J.K. Rowling has written a variety of other things outside of the main Harry Potter book series. Read books likeHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, andThe Tales of Beedle the Bardto read more about the extended Harry Potter universe. J.K. Rowling also occasionally publishes her work in e-book format or on the website .
Watch all the movies.There are corresponding movies that go with each book, and the last book,Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsis broken up into two separate movies. If you haven’t seen all of the movies, make sure to rent them or purchase the ones that you haven’t seen. If you’ve already seen the movies invite some friends over and host a movie marathon.
- The movies are available to stream on Amazon, Google Play, and YouTube for a fee.
Learn Harry Potter lingo.Learn the most common phrases and terms like muggle, half-blood, snitch and what they mean in the Harry Potter universe. This will make it easier to talk to other Harry Potter fans. Read the books or watch the movies to discover what each of these terms mean.
- A Harry Potter fan may say "Merlin's beard!" or "Gulping gargoyles!" if they get shocked.
- "Send me an owl" is a request for communications.
Incorporating Harry Potter into Your Life
Play Quidditch.Quidditch is a sport that was invented in the Harry Potter series. In Quidditch, there are seven players on each team and the goal is to get a ball through one of three hoops on each end of the field. All players must ride on broomsticks while they play the game. Search online for local Quidditch teams and events and see if you can get involved or form your own team.
- There are teams that play for different colleges across the United States.
. Butterbeer is a popular beverage in the Harry Potter universe. It’s also a drink that you can make in real life. Create your own Butterbeer at home and drink it with your friends to act like the characters in Harry Potter.
Wear Harry Potter-themed clothing and accessories.There are a variety of different shirts, pants, hoodies, and sweaters that are Harry Potter-themed. Search online for Harry Potter-themed clothing and wear it. You can also get Harry Potter-themed accessories such as Harry Potter scarves, cell phone cases, and jewelry.
- Some Harry Potter fans even get Harry Potter-themed tattoos.
Decorate your house with Harry Potter-themed items.Use Harry Potter-themed sheets, curtains, and posters to decorate your house or apartment. Look online for other Harry Potter-themed decor items that you can purchase and use in your space.
Meeting up with Other Fans
Meet up with other Harry Potter fans online.There are a variety of meetup groups in cities across the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Visit to find the group that’s closest to you. From there you can attend monthly meetups and learn about Harry Potter related events.
LARP with other Harry Potter fans.LARP stands for live action roleplay and is when people come together to act like characters from the series. Some LARPing experiences like the College of Wizardry are more entailed, while other LARPing experiences are more casual. Search for LARPing groups near you.
Sign up to join fan forums online.There are a variety of online communities that you can join and talk about Harry Potter. Search for the forums online and start posting. Chat with other Harry Potter fans and talk about your favorite aspects of the movies and books.
- The most popular forum is Pottermore, which is considered the "official" forum for Harry Potter.
Visiting Harry Potter Landmarks
Visit Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter.The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida is a theme park that’s dedicated to everything Harry Potter. When you visit, you can go to Hogwarts Castle, take a ride on the Hogwarts Express, see Diagon Alley, or travel to the town of Hogsmeade. If you’ve ever wanted to experience Harry Potter in real life, a visit to the amusement park is the closest thing to it.
Visit Edinburgh to see where Harry Potter was written.J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books in Edinburgh, England. Places like The Elephant House and Spoon are the locations where she wrote the Harry Potter books. She drew inspiration from several places in Edinburgh such as George Heriot’s School, Victoria Street, and The Balmoral Hotel.
Visit Platform 9 ¾.Any Harry Potter fan will know about Platform 9 3/4, the train that takes students to Hogwarts. This location actually exists in King’s Cross station in London. If you are in London, make sure to give it a visit.
Take the Harry Potter tours in England.There are multiple Harry Potter tours that take place in the United Kingdom. These tours will take you to the same locations that the movie was shot in. Search online for different kinds of Harry Potter tours and visit one that matches your interest and budget.
- Some locations include the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron from “Prisoner of Azkaban,” Professor Slughorn’s house, James and Lily Potter’s house in Godric’s Hollow, and the entrance to the Ministry of Magic.
QuestionHow come I love Harry Potter so much and my friends don't?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionWhy do people hate me just because I adore Harry Potter?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionWhat if you're still reading the books, can you still be Harry Potter crazy?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAs long as you love Harry Potter you are a Potterhead. Reading the books for the first time is the best way to get caught up in the magic.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if people at school constantly put me down for loving Harry Potter?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't worry about them. If you love Harry Potter, ignore all the people who don't. They are the ones who are missing out.Thanks!
QuestionIs there a way to express my love for Harry Potter without people judging me so much?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you love Harry Potter, stick with it! Ignore the rude comments. You can doodle the deathly hallows symbol on a note book, or read the books at home if you get teased too often. Be like Hermione who doesn't let it bother her.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I convince my friends to watch/read Harry Potter?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry to have them over and watch the first movie with them, then say "Would you like to find out how it all ends?" The suspense may convince them to read the second book and finally the whole series. Or, just bug them until they do.Thanks!
QuestionWhy do people disbelieve? Magic does exist!wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTrue. While we don't know for sure if the magic described in Harry Potter exists, we can't automatically write it off just because it hasn't been seen before. Seeing may be believing, but sometimes things must be believed to be seen. On top of that, there's more subtle types of magic, such as kindness and music, that exist in the world, and are of equal if not greater value.Thanks!
QuestionI got Hufflepuff on Pottermore and am very disappointed because I want to be in Gryffindor. How can I get over this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't be disappointed! You are who you are! Besides, who's to say that you're not brave? So many Hufflepuffs fought in the Battle of Hogwarts even when they could have run! Loyalty and kindness aren't your only traits; people would be very two-dimensional otherwise. You've likely got a lot of Gryffindor traits in you.Thanks!
QuestionHow come people tell me I'm being silly whenever I say I can't wait to get my Hogwarts letter?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThey're probably just teasing you for being invested in an imaginary universe, but don't let the Muggles get you down. Being part of the Harry Potter community is a wonderful thing, and you're not alone!Thanks!
QuestionWhat if you don't have enough money to buy the series? The books only come in packs, and the movies are not in any stores.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
To be a Harry Potter fan, start by reading the 7 Harry Potter books and watching all of the movies. You should also take an online quiz to find out which Hogwarts house you're in, as well as get some Harry Potter-themed accessories like a robe and a wand. You can even try out for a local Quidditch team so you can ride a broomstick while playing Hogwarts' signature sport.
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