Magic is might: an investigation of the online and offline practices of the Harry Potter fandom

Erwood, Bethany (2014) Magic is might: an investigation of the online and offline practices of the Harry Potter fandom. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The critically acclaimed fantasy series Harry Potter has achieved success on a universal scale. Noted as the best-selling book series and the highest-grossing film series of all time, the franchise continues to flourish despite its conclusion in 2011, due to the active devotion of its passionate fandom. This dissertation was inspired by my personal attraction to the magical series, in addition to the desire to question the motives of my own fan-participation. It aims to argue how Harry Potter fans engage with the series through innovative practices, and how it is one of the first popular culture texts to inspire interaction through unique forms of fan participation, across the globe. To explore how this is achieved, firstly there will be some analysis into the processes of online interaction, and how the internet plays a significant role in fans forming relationships with each other by assessing identity and hierarchy amongst different fan-made outputs. It then looks at the types of audience participation outside the restrictions of the internet, engaging in physical forms of fan pilgrimages, geographies and fan tourism. It concludes with an investigation into the political activism that has been inspired by the franchise. This dissertation aims to promote awareness towards the unique activity and types of online and offline fan practices that are performed by this contemporary fandom.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 11:21
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 11:21
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22309

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