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Anyone For A Game of Street Quidditch™?

13 Aug

The International Quidditch Association‘s hoop design contest ended Thursday at 11:59PM. Sadly, the above design by Diary of a Harry Potter Addict‘s contributing artist, Victor Morataya, could not be submitted due to technical difficulties (ie., we couldn’t get our scanner to work). But since we think it’s absolutely brilliant , we’ve decided to share it.

Cheap, easy to make and perfect for Street Quidditch™!

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“‘Cause I’ve Got a Golden Ticket…”

13 Aug

Golden ticket

Isn’t it pretty? Sure, it’s only an owl telling us to wait for another owl but still… We’re beyond excited! So excited, in fact, that we’re planning a little Pottermore-related surprise for one lucky fan… Details coming soon!

PS. Thanks to Harry Potter Wiki for posting our screen grab because it made us feel special. 🙂

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Reading Diary of a Harry Potter Addict is a great way to pass the time while waiting for your second third Pottermore owl. Get the paperback
directly from CreateSpace!

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Reason for Loving Harry #14: Harry Potter Inspires Social Activism

8 Aug

Chapter Seven of Diary of a Harry Potter Addict features a great, in-depth interview with Andrew Slack, Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance and co-founder of Imagine Better which is a coalition of internet and fan communities who have united for social activism. Here’s a small excerpt to whet your appetite for more of our bookette…

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Have you witnessed any signs of Harry Potter Series-End Disorder? What is your advice to someone who might be feeling H.P. withdrawal symptoms?

I recognize that the Harry Potter fandom since 2007 has had the movies as a unifying factor – and the fact that the last movie stimulates a significant change. No longer will Harry be in the zeitgeist of culture the way he has been for so long. We’ll need to find new adventures and journeys – and already I’m seeing plenty of Harry Potter fans doing that as Nerdfighters and fans of Dr. Who. Moreover, I’m seeing them take the characters they know and love and the friends in the fandom and going beyond the contours of this one particular moment in movie making and for that matter, Harry Potter history. But Harry will always be there, waiting for us, for another adventure both in our heads and still in those books.

It is true, and this can’t be denied, that the experience of Wizard Rock, fan sites, podcasts and livestreams, fan art, fan fiction, role play, Harry Potter Alliance, conferences and more have allowed, as Paul DeGeorge [HPA co-founder and Harry and the Potters band member] would say, the solitude of reading to become a communal experience. That’s why with the Harry Potter Alliance, we started Imagine Better. We don’t want to see an end to that communal experience and the power that that communal experience has to renew both our souls as individuals and the soul of our collective world and humanity. That is why we have already begun working with fan communities of other blockbuster books, TV shows, and movies (while remaining committed to Harry Potter) as well as the world’s most prominent YouTube celebrities and NYT best selling authors in an unprecedented network that takes a bottom up approach toward harnessing the energy of modern myth, social media, and popular culture for social change.

Harry Potter is the most popular piece of fiction in human history. That is how we began this journey of using story to change the world. And we will stay committed to the values within that journey. But it is only our beginning; our moment of landing in Oz. Now we leave the Munchkin City and begin this adventure anew, always knowing that the power to return to home is right at our feet.

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Ready for more? Pick up a copy of Diary of a Harry Potter Addict
directly from CreateSpace!

** eBook and PDF versions available as well,
through Amazon, B&N, iBookstore and our blog! **

Pottermore and The Magic Quill Blow Up Twitter (and Change Potterhead Sleep Patterns)

1 Aug

If you start to notice more people sleeping during the middle of the day, pulling over to take naps at rest stops, drowsily blabbering in Parseltongue… you very likely have stumbled across a (fellow) Potterhead who was up all night trying to be among the proud 1,000,000 who will participate as a Beta tester for J.K. Rowling’s new Pottermore project. What? You think 1,000,000 sounds like a lot?

In terms of Potter fans, that’s just a tip of the Sorting Hat. These fans are from around the world, so those who aren’t on UK time have had to revamp their sleeping habits in order to take on the Magic Quill challenge and discover their new magical name. We seriously advise bosses to give workers the week off (with pay), because this will be going on through August 6th (and who knows what’s to happen after that!).

Diary of a Potter Paperback

16 Jul

EDIT ALERT: The paperback is NOW AVAILABLE through our eStore. Click here for instant, easy, secure, Amazon-affiliated shopping experience.

Kids! (yes adults, that means you too!) We are working our tucheses off trying to finish the paperback version of Diary of a Harry Potter Addict. It should be available in a week via Amazon (and heck, you can also ask your local bookstores to order it – support the stores!). It’s super cute, reverent, user friendly, will fit EZ into your purse or bathroom magazine rack. For Harry Potter fans showing signs of Potter withdrawal, this book will be an essential part of your recovery program. It also makes a great gift. Lovin’ you all for your support – mahalo!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Carmageddon

1 Jul

Photo by Toni Wells

There have been some strange occurrences going on in the world recently, from disastrous oil spills, earthquakes, solar flares, massive animals deaths, floods, and nuclear accidents. With 2012 approaching, many fear armageddon is upon us. Fact is, people in Los Angeles may experience it sooner rather than later, as we are going to be witness to one of the most powerful alignments of the stars, when the Harry Potter premiere coincides with the closure for repairs of the 405 freeway; what is being referred to as carmageddon.

The massive closure is putting a somewhat ironic spin on the Harry Potter poster tagline “it all ends 07.15.11” since chances are you may find it a challenge to get yourself to a decent movie theatre in order to watch it end. Were you planning on watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 in 3D or IMAX? Pop that cinematic balloon dream. What Los Angeles-based Harry Potter fans have to look forward to this weekend is nothing less than the 8th Horcrux; the one no one knew existed.

As usual, Potter fans are going to have to rely on creativity, magic spells, a sword of Gryffindor perhaps… Good luck!

Diary of a Harry Potter Addict Book Now Available

21 Jun

The new book, Diary of a Harry Potter Addict is out now! Available at Amazon, iBookstore, and B&N with more online retailers to be added soon.

PAPERBACK EDITION COMING JULY 21st to AMAZON.

A humorous take on a serious issue, Diary of a Harry Potter Addict captures the struggles of an anonymous Harry Potter fan coming to grips with life post-Deathly Hallows. Part diary, part clinical narrative, the book spans several years in the character’s life, from the moment they first pick up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone through their exploration of ways in which to manage – and eventually make the most of – their chronic Harry Potter addiction.

Utilizing diary entries, original artwork and interviews with members of the International Quidditch Association and the Harry Potter Alliance, the book offers alternative ways to ease the pain of saying good-bye to old friends and goes great with a swig of Butterbeer.

“An essential part of any respectable Harry Potter collection… A national treasure.” –Antiques Roadshow

“Not good. BRILLIANT!” -Rupert Grint (as Ron Weasley)

“A very interesting literary approach to the subject of Harry Potter Series End Disorder (HPSED)… These women are dangerous.” –Dr. Juana Fuchenstein, DFA

“I laughed… I found it a loving tribute to the fanbase and the running dialogue is great. I need to mention that the cover is awesome!” -Josh Guerrero, ETS