Two interests that have endured through the life of the children of the nineties are Harry Potter and social media. The Harry Potter books are very popular with a great number of people; the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies its first day of release. Social media is popular with many teenagers. Social media has done a great deal for fans of the Harry Potter series; it has not just expanded the ways that people learn about Harry Potter, it connects fans from all over the world. Pottermore.com and MuggleNet.com are two online communities dedicated to Harry Potter. They are both very different, but they both have aspects of the site dedicated to community building.
The Harry Potter community is very interesting in a variety of ways. Pottermore.com and MuggleNet.com are both part of the Harry Potter community. These sites are structured very differently, so here is an analysis of what each the sites have to offer. Pottermore.com is more of an interactive journey through the books. J.K. Rowling created this site and although it is not open to the general public as of now, it gives a lot of information to the users who are lucky enough to have access. This is an interactive journey, and you are sorted into a house and given a wand. The sorting is based on a short quiz, and the wand choosing process is the same; this ensures that you are in the right place based on your personality. You can compete for house points by brewing potions or by dueling other users. As you make your way through the book, new information will appear. This information is about a variety of topics, such as characters, places, or items in the books. Although MuggleNet.com is also fascinating, it is quite different from Pottermore.com. MuggleNet.com gives users the chance to get updated news, interact with other users on the forums, and learn about the books and films. All of these aspects of MuggleNet.com encourage the building of communities. Both Pottermore.com and MuggleNet.com are very interesting and fun Harry Potter communities.
Many Harry Potter communities are centered around the fans. Although the Harry Potter books and movies have all been released, people are still talking about the series and their favorite characters. The forums from MuggleNet.com say, “The series may have ended, but that doesn’t mean we cannot speculate on the futures of our favourite HP characters”. The Harry Potter communities will not die easily. This also happens on Pottermore.com, but just a bit differently. J.K. Rowling gives the background stories of many different characters that had not been explored in the books. One example of this is Minerva McGonagall’s backstory. Although McGonagall was a popular character in the books, the readers never knew much about her background. Pottermore.com gives users the opportunity to learn valuable insight about the different character’s minds. Both MuggleNet.com and Pottermore.com give users the chance to discuss and learn more about the characters in the Harry Potter books. Although somewhat different, this aspect of both these sites is a part of the community building process.
Social media really helped the book and movie release events; when a new book or movie was about to come out, many fans would flock to their favorite Harry Potter online communities. They would plan events around the releases and conjecture what they thought would happen in the book or how closely the book would be related to the movie. Pottermore.com was not around when the books and movies were released, but MuggleNet.com was. There are a great number of threads focused on predictions for the upcoming books. Most of these threads were focusing on the love and death aspects of the book. The conjectures in these threads are very interesting, especially now with all of the books published. Most of the conjectures were wrong, but a few were correct. Pottermore.com and MuggleNet.com are both very user-centric and both sites facilitate community building and are very useful sites to learn news and new happenings in the Harry Potter universe.
Harry Potter and social media come together to form a wonderful and entertaining bond. Many people have grown up with both the Harry Potter books and the evolution of social media. The online communities of Harry Potter live on even though the books and movies have all been released. Pottermore.com and MuggleNet.com are two examples of Harry Potter social media networks. They are both very different, but they both have aspects of the site dedicated to community building.
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I thought the ideas in your presentation were very solid and cool. It is very interesting that colleges have programs big enough th have twitter accounts and followers in the online communities. It was very interesting!
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