It’s been coming on for awhile now. I’m not sure when it started, or how it happened. But it has. When watching television and FreeForm plays the Harry Potter films for the umpteenth time, the music starts, usually a tingling sensation starts in the back of my neck and I would binge watch the entire film series in one day. Now, it’s, “Really? Again”, and change the channel or go read a book. For the past couple of years all my Harry Potter stuff has started migrating either to the storage shed, or the spare room. As I visit my facebook and twitter feeds, I stray away from those that post or share Harry Potter related stuff, instead I find myself looking for new interests, and doing other things. So, what the hell happened? After fifteen years…the spell has been broken…
It has been a wild ride, and I have enjoyed it, but the fandom is changing and it’s long since time to move on. For fifteen years the message has always been love and tolerance. Fans would openly welcome one another no matter what, we all shared a common love of the boy wizard. Now, tweets are blasting those that do not agree with the JK Rowling’s point of view on whatever she says. Even the Queen herself has been tweeting hateful messages, not just about the U.S. President, but to her long time and loyal fans as well. This is not the fandom and the public figure that I grew up with. Don’t believe me, it even made Time Magazine.
Guess it’s true what they say: you can lead a girl to books about the rise and fall of an autocrat, but you still can’t make her think.
7:56 AM – 1 Feb 2017
And there are those that agree with Rowling, stating that she is just sticking up for herself. Childish all the way around. So, to keep from having to hear a foreign public icon that I once loved so much bash the leader of my Nation, I no longer follow JK Rowling. On top of that, I no longer get chills and thrills when news of the Harry Potter or Wizarding World comes about. The magic is gone, the fandom is changing and I don’t care anymore. Sure, the Fantastic Beast films are rolling out, and they did a magnificent job, but I will go on as an ordinary muggle enjoying the films, but no longer being a part of the fandom.
Beyond the woes of writer tweets, there is the factor of those within the fandom. It used to be a widespread but close knit welcoming group. Now, many of them have grown up, and Harry Potter has become an obsession, a way of life, rather than a world to read or play in and just enjoy. I have run into numerous fans of Harry Potter and if you mention another book, or something else of interest, I get blasted for it, or ignored. The world I once knew that was loving, and accepting of others and their ideas has turned into an obsession. The very same people are now lonely and spend their lives searching for Harry Potter paraphernalia and surround themselves with stuff, and only befriend those that are Harry Potter fans, rather than making outside friends, relating to family, and in general, a life outside of the Wizarding World. And each time I go to lunch or hang out with them, I look around and see what I might become if I don’t let go now. It’s like going to Neverland, “you’ll never grow up, never grow old. You can spend your days playing without a care in the world”. Sorry world, but I rather enjoy being an adult with a family and friends who read other books, see other films and live life outside of the box.
Sorry to say, I have well and truly fell out of love with Harry Potter. I still enjoy the books and the films. But the theories have been proven, one way or another, the tale has been spun and I am off to expand my horizons in the minds of others, and soon one day, let others dabble in the thoughts of my own. Muggles Behaving Badly probably won’t go anywhere, and neither will I. But there will be some changes coming, as the others basically feel the same as I do. Once college is finished, and we all turn 40, we have plans to kick off some long-awaited projects, not revolving around the Wizarding World. I hope you join me and my friends for the next great adventure. I wish all those that keep on believing the best of luck, and I raise my wand one final time to ya!
~ Good Luck & God’s Speed!~