Why is Harry so Darn Popular?

Scratching the Surface

Hello dear Potterheads, Spaceman here yet again rustling up something Potter-Esque for you to have an experience that hopefully contains magic, mirth and mystery. In this piece I attempt to ask of Harry Potter magic a mysterious question that will not be easy to answer. But I, as a dedicated fan, will do my best to at least scratch the surface of.

The query of which is:

Why is Harry Potter so darn popular?

Now the obvious answer to this enigmatic truth finding message is that people are devoted to Pottermania because they can relate to it. What do I mean by this? I am of course not saying that they relate to seeing reflections of themselves in the literal look at the tales, but rather in what they represent to them. For example, it has been said that Harry was intentionally made to not be a perfect character because folks can relate to imperfection.

Searching While in NYC

I know that I, Spaceman am not perfect, so that as an answer makes sense to me. It is nice to see another individual who makes mistakes just as I do. In fact, this whole analytical examination is very imperfect in itself. I have to admit I’m getting insecure writing about a worldwide pop culture phenomenon when I am merely a writer of an “unauthorized” Harry Potter fan club site here in NYC?!

It’s a Beautiful World

Clearly I am hesitating with moving forward to address this question. J.K. Rowling gets “cred” for imagining and then putting on paper such a beautiful world. And none know the beauty of this world more than us Potterheads.

Negativity

If I was to dig deep within my “inner fan” I would come back with a response that Harry Potter is symbolic of searching that all of us go through in our lives. We are searching for something wonderful and have to face the same negativity that Harry does along the way.

Fun Fact

I have never revealed this before on this series, but I, Spaceman, have a friend who is also a Potterhead. This person loves the series. And as a friend I was first shown the wonderful world of Potter by this friend and was instantly hooked. I think this made my friend feel good. And I in turn introduced Potter to others, which made me feel good. The positivity of sharing could be a part of the answer.

Growing Up Potter

I am going to make what might seem like a wild stab at an answer. I am going to state that I believe a possible draw for people is that the characters and concepts resonate with those who  experienced the evolution of Potter. A specific group in particular are those who literally grew up themselves as the characters in Harry Potter did, one book at a time. A reflection of their own trials and tribulations while looking in a Potter mirror. These individuals then passed the experience on to others.

Final Thoughts

I leave you now with one word that I feel sums up why the Harry Potter series is so popular: relatability.

Harry Potter is Everywhere in New York

Not to Be

I Spaceman was devastated when the Broadway production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”  had to close due to COVID-19. I had tickets with great seats but my experiencing of this theatrical production was not to be. Saying I was “bummed” is an understatement.

Harry Potter Presence

But thankfully even in the thick of the Coronavirus lockdowns, Harry Potter is everywhere in New York. True, I am tapped into Potter while being in quarantine, but I can still at least vicariously enjoy the presence of Harry Potter in our great city.

Our Great City

The photo included with this post is a random New York fan on his laptop. But as you can see, on the wall next to him is HP’s famous symbol. Expressions of fandom are happening all over Manhattan. In fact, I am noticing via the internet that fans and their love of J.K. Rowling’s masterful series is only getting more intense than ever as we all wait out the deadly disease.

Will Magic Save Us?

According to Forbes, the New York City lockdown is costing 173 million dollars per day. People are slowly stepping out of their apartments after nearly three months of being caged with many being participants of the ongoing protest demonstrations. They are not implementing Social Distancing. Can Potter’s magic save them from not getting COVID-19?

Spreading the Word

The official reopening of the Big Apple is tomorrow, Monday June 8th. I don’t know if I am going to venture from my apartment at that time. We’ll see. But one thing for sure is that when I do, I will spread the word of Harry Potter!

Rowling Reveals

 

Hello fellow Potter fans, Spaceman here. I have a special collection of things we’re calling “Rowling Reveals” because these are little known things about our fave Harry Potter characters that Rowling let’s out of the bag, some of which have a direct correlation to her own moods including her battle with depression. Because after all Rowling is just human like the rest of us, but she is someone who has a remarkable vision and brought together some of the most lively and fascinating characters ever.

  1. For example did you know that wizard kids were homeschooled? It’s true. Rowling felt that with their powers it would be too dangerous to let them out and about.
  2. Rowling says that although a lot of people think Hermione lost her parents for good after she altered their memories for their own protection, but apparently, according to Rowling, Hermione got her parents back straight away.
  3. Rowling is known for having been unlucky in love and in fact the entire series came out of her own marriage and its negativity. Remarkably she was able to tap into this negativity and actually was able to show the other side of it by making certain that all found love in Hogwarts Place. For example Draco marries Astoria, George marries Angelina. Even Neville marries someone, in this case marries someone: Hannah.
  4. Here’s a fun one. Did you know that the reason Rowling picked Harry’s scar to be a lightening bolt was because it looked “cool.” Yes, this is true, absolutely fact.
  5. And for those who are curious about the International Confederation of Wizards and its impact. Rowling reveals that there are eleven long-established and prestigious wizarding schools worldwide.
  6. And here is a fascinating one that we didn’t know until recently is that the reason and inspiration for creating the dementors, was due to her conscious experience of having a battle with depression. After all, Rowling has challenging moods, as do a lot of us including me, Spaceman.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print for today. If you have fun facts about Rowling’s creative process please let us know and we’ll publish it!

Spaceman Takes Inventory on the Potter Experience

Spreading the Word

Potterheads let’s face it, your ole pal Spaceman here has been on this exciting Harry Potter ride known as having the honor of keeping this blog going for quite some time now. It is a passion of mine as others I know can identify. For those who have not been inducted it is hard to explain why the HP series is so important to us. I am always comforted by the response from fans that confirms why I am doing this in the first place: spreading the word of Harry Potter.

Joined Together

Why am I writing on this topic? To remind you that this website is not mine, it is ours. So any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact me at any time. There is a reason we can proudly recognize the popularity of this web venture, it is because of YOU. It is because of US.

Seeing the Gorgeous Imperfections

Remember this?

“The flaw in the plan: I’m sorry about your parents, but no spell can reawaken the dead. Harry. I trust you know that.”

Except for the time turner. We’ll use that to save Buckbeak. J.K. usually covers her plot holes, but we’ve all thought about this one.

We are outside of the story and within it. That what’s beautiful. Spaceman signing off.

 

Who is the Greatest Magician of All Time?

Is this Spaceman, our notorious blogger of this site. No one knows for certain what Spaceman looks like. Is this he? Let us know what you think.


Spaceman Greeting

Greetings folks. Spaceman is here, welcoming you to yet another novel and original take on the Harry Potter Series. Today we are going to discuss “Who is the greatest magician of all time?”

The Search for the Greatest

The greatest magician of all time is likely to be one of the two Harrys. Either Harry Houdini or Harry Potter. Either way, both are great for different reasons. Harry Houdini because he was the ultimate showman and marketer. Even though he died in 1926 he still inspires awe and mystery like the new Houdini Day Project.   Houdini’s life in the history books reads much like a famous painter who is broken down by artistic periods his work went through.

Houdini’s Different Periods

In the case of Houdini we can track him by 4 posters I have on my wall, each one representing a period including “King of Cards,” Escape Artist, Psychic Investigator and Film Actor. There are of course more periods than that, but those are the main ones.

The Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter on the other hand has periods which can be found in tiltes of his books including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010/2011.)

Comparing the Two

One could say that Harry Potter is more famous than Harry Houdini, but not so quickly please. Houdini has enduring fame starting in the late 1800’s, through his death in 1926, and into today. I am the Spaceman and I am grateful to the producers of this website, “Harry Potter Fan Club NYC,” for giving me the chance to compare Potter to Houdini. And my love for Houdini might be offputting for some HP fans. But I love Harry Potter also, for different reasons.

In the Minds of People

You could make a case for HP being a supernatural magician while Houdini is an illusionist. Both resonate for some reason with the public. Harry Houdini possibly for his memorable publicity stunts and Harry Potter for his empathy and real magic. So the fictional potter does real magic and might be more real than the real Houdini in the minds of the the public, especially the youth as well as their parents who read the Potter books to their kids and got hooked themselves.

The Real Greatest Magician?

So in truth, both are great magicians, each well known and memorable for different reasons. But as true Harry Potter Fans know, the greatest magicican could actually be Albus Dumbledore.

Harry Potter Meets Marketer Magician


Hello there. Spaceman here.

First off, we tried to have the color of the above graphic be Gryffindors gold, but didn’t quite achieve the match.

Harry Potter is More Famous than David Copperfield

It’s been a bit long since we last checked in. I suppose I could say we’ve been busy (which we have been) but quite possibly the correct reason is that we have been waiting for a good topic. The one that we have selected is “Harry Potter’s Impact on Magician Entertainers.”

Harry Potter Upstages without Meaning To

As you know by now, a good friend of mine is Manhattan Magician for whatever reason has started to call himself: MARKETER Magician. Why Marketer Magician? As he puts it, he’s the creator of “Marketing that Works Like Magic.” This is an amazingly accurate description of what he does and is. He encountered the same problem that other magician entertainers have faced which is being upstaged by the young Mr. Potter.

Not Just Anyone Can Be an HP Member

I know that Manhattan Magician is a Harry Potter fan, but he’s only read the first two books and not ALL of them. I find this disconcerting. You can’t be a true fan unless you read all the books and then seen all the movies so you can chat with your friends how the books are better. Sound familiar?

Potter Wins Again

I think that the straw that broke the camel’s back for Marketer Magician was losing out on some gigs where the decision was to not to hire a mentalist magician (him) and instead go to Universal Florida and see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Let’s face it. This attraction is a fan favorite and an important visit for any Potterhead.

A Question of Magic Ego

You see, he was about to be hired to do his somewhat Harry Potter inspired magic act for a large group of fans, but then the choice was to go as a group to sunny Florida and undergo the immersive Harry Potter experience. This devastated Marketer/Manhattan Magician – who in terms of being a “magic of the mind” favorite in New York City is probably one of the top conjurers – but losing out on bookings based on the desire of his audience wanting to go to a theme park instead, is a blow to his ego.

Wishing a Magician Well

We hope Marketer Magician feels less traumatized by all this soon. Nothing reading a Harry Potter book can’t solve to make you feel better.

The NYC of Harry Potter Fan Club NYC


Harry Potter Things to do in New York City

Props as always to Sara Funky for digging up some wonderful Harry Potter activities such as this one in our home base here in New York City which is of course why this site is called Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. Here is one such experience:

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt:

Hogwarts is supported by magic (unable to be maintained or constructed by any other means) and a good example would be the moving staircases and disappearing rooms (The Room of Requirement). Exploring the Met on a Harry Potter scavenger hunt will make you feel as if you’re following the mysterious footsteps that wander around Marauders Map. On this 1.5 hour challenge, you’ll search for art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies.

Timeout Magazine Potter Exploration

In Timeout Magazine which is a staple of New York City, they revisit the eight Harry Potter experiences they recommend here in NYC. Whether or not you were able to score tickets to Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (their theater critic listed it as one of the best Broadway shows), NYC offers plenty of other ways to experience J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding stories. From museum tours at the best museums in NYC to bar specials a couple of the best bars in NYC, these are the top ways to get your Potter on which you can check out here.

All Things Harry Potter

As I have mentioned prior in this blog, my 11 year old daughter loves all things Potter as she plows through the series, always reading the book BEFORE seeing the movie because she feels that the books are far superior to their cinema counterparts and often leave out a lot of the good stuff.

Harry Potter Lives in “Real Life”


Greetings from SpaceMan!

Hello fellow Potter fans! SpaceMan is back with a look at how, in a sense, Harry Potter lives in our “Real Lives.”

Being a Conduit

Harry Potter fandom has spawned a great many websites on the Internet, with the gust of wind from sites like Entertainment Entrepreneurship. Sites include the one you are reading right now which is Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. Although we consider ourselves the unofficial Harry Potter fan club, we still see ourselves as being an important conduit for fans.

A Different HP Angle

The thing that makes us different than other Harry Potter fan sites is that we also look at the correlation between Harry Potter and real life entertainment magicians. We believe that it is, in part, because of professional conjurers that the HP experience so stays alive.

Harry Potter in the Real World

There are a myriad of ways that Harry Potter lives in the real world. An example of one of these is a real life band that spreads Harry Potter enthusiasm through Potter lyrics and live performances! Band marketers like “How to Get New Customers” have gotten into the act.

Harry Potter in Real Life Around the World

It might even be appropriate to say that the Harry Potter series has taken over the world! Organizations like Entertainment Entrepreneurship pale in comparison. There are HP fan clubs galore available as well as many different experiences that those who are interested in HP can attend. These include an award-winning walking tour that is a must for Potterheads while visiting London.

Enjoy Harry Potter Experiences in Japan and Scotland

Or are you going to Japan? Then there is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka. Or how about Glencoe, Scotland. This is where the primary outdoor filming location is for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. And England, Japan and Scotland are just the beginning of world domination.

Film Location

How about the backdrop of Hagrid’s Hut on Loch Torren. This beautiful location doesn’t only make for memorable film moments. You can also experience gorgeous outdoor locations where you can make memories by snapping a selfie. Some of those affiliated with “How to Get New Customers” want to make those trips.

The Actor Playing Harry

Or how about the existence of Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989)? He as we all know is an English actor and producer. He is known, of course, for playing Harry Potter himself, based on the novels by J. K. Rowling.

Hard to Shake the Potter Connection

I don’t know about you, but even just hearing about Daniel Radcliffe’s non-Harry-Potter movies reminds me of Potter. So this is another example of real life activities reminding us about HP.

HP and Real Life Generational Sharing

My young daughter has become a fan because we read her books from the Harry Potter series every night before she goes to bed. During this ritual she also reads to us from the books. It is exciting and touching to see her growing interest in HP. This kind of ritual is another way Harry Potter stays alive in the real world!

Marketing Harry Potter


Even Harry Benefits from Good Marketing

“Harry Potter Fan Club NYC” is among the most popular of the unofficial clubs. This is due in part to the new Harry Potter lore that we are always supplying to fans, but it is also because we have good marketing.

It’s Good to Have Friends

How do we have good marketing? Because we work closely with organizations like the Entertainment Entrepreneurship and “How to Get New Customers.” That’s just how passionate we are about Potter. We actually enlist the assistance of those who know how to promote better than we do.

Potter, Though, Doesn’t Really Need Our Help

Of course, it isn’t as though that Harry Potter needs anymore promotion. Here’s what one News entity had to say about it in their article entitled The Harry Potter Effect:

“One reason why it is a phenomenon is because it could take them through so much of their lives in a way most other books for children and young people can’t. “In every book [the characters] become a bit more mature, the problems become a bit more complicated.”

SpaceMan Speaks:

“As the “SpaceMan” of this, the Harry Potter Fan Club NYC, I can say that the Harry Potter books have impacted me in a very specific and personal manner. You see, my daughter is growing up with the books in just the same manner as described in “The Potter Effect.” She identifies greatly with the series and it brings her great joy which makes me happy. She also helps me a lot with this website.”

Wikipedia Chimes In

And according to Wikipedia, the Harry Potter series has been popular since the very beginning:

“Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on 26 June 1997, the books have found immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide.”

And Thus the Promotion Continues

And thus, we’ll do our part in continuing to assist in nurturing the popularity of the books through our friends at Entertainment Entrepreneurship and “How to Get New Customers.”

Harry Potter Magic Tricks


Making Magic

Hello folks. Spaceman here. It’s been a while since I’ve committed words to this website but I’m back with a fun idea. You see apparently, Bloomsbury Children’s Books did a world-wide survey of the favorite Harry Potter spells. We began to read the list and a little lightbulb went off. As you know, Manhattan Magician is a friend to Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. What you may not know is that he is an expert magic tricks inventor. He can apply the basics of magic TRICKS and create illusions that stun and amaze.

Magical Inventions

So, we contacted Mr. Manhattan Magician as well as his management at USAcreate.com. Here is what our proposal was: we would share the list of favorite Harry Potter Spells and ask for instant insight from him on how an illusion might be created to simulate that incantation. We didn’t expect MM to invent an entire magic trick for each, just give some basic magic principles that could be applied.

This is for Conjurers Only

Here’s where we ask that anyone who is not committed to the idea of being a magician to leave this post now. Manhattan Magician is a member of the Society of American Magicians and has taken an oath to not reveal secrets except for those who are a part of the art. Therefore, if you are not a conjurer, we ask you to, well…disappear.

All Clear? Okay…

Now that, that is cleared up we can get back to our trick making project.

It Starts with the List

The way we are going to do this is to first show Manhattan Magician the list in its entirety so his magic invention skills have something to percolate on. And then we’ll apply a little bit of pressure to have him one by one give us ideas on how the Harry Potter spells can be simulated by prestidigitators.

First here’s the list:

10. Riddikulus.
9. Obliviate.
8. Sectumsempra.
7. Avada Kedavra.
6. Alohomora.
5. Lumos.
4. Expelliarmus.
3. Wingardium Leviosa.
2. Accio.
1. Expecto Patronum.

Spells into Tricks

Manhattan Magician is an incredible human being, not only with nimble fingers for sleight of hand, but also an encyclopedic mind. He took a look at the list for maybe 30 seconds and then began to spout out information. I myself am not an expert in the magician’s art, but thankfully I was recording the entire thing and now give you what Manhattan Magician gave me. Ideas on how to make favorite spells of Harry Potter into magic tricks.

Magic Talk

Again, I must stress, these are by no means finished ideas, but for emerging magicians who have an interest in Potter, this could prove valuable as a kind of jumping off place. Before actually making these into a magic act through we recommend that you consult with an attorney with regards to the legal ramifications of creating a Harry Potter Magic Show full of Harry Potter Magic Tricks!
Warning, much of this is in “Magic Talk” that only those who wield illusions will understand. Here now the list and ideas for your own performance:

10. Riddikulus.

Since this is the transformations of nasty Boggarts from something scary into something silly, a suggestion would be to use any transformation effect such as the color changing silk as a basis. Maybe adorn the first scarf as a scary Boggart which then with the proper spelling casting process, results in the silly version/picture.

9. Obliviate.

This is about the charm that Gilderoy Lockhart uses to accidentally wipe his own memory, and you could offer to the audience that you will simulate the same thing. Have someone come up onto stage and do something like the sponge balls where the spectator holds one and you hold one. Then you cast your spell and claim to the spectator that they will now have a loss of member just like Gilderoy Lockhart did. You ask the audience member if they remember when you took your sponge ball and gave it them. Sure enough, you no longer have your sponge ball and the spectator opens her/his hand and has both sponge balls, proving a loss of memory.

8. Sectumsempra.

Since Sectumsempra is quite a mouthful of a curse invented by troubled teen Severus Snape, a good concept for this effect would be to put the words themselves on a board that can be shown by the audience. You tell the audience to pronounce the curse along with you. Suddenly something odd happens, a magic effect of some kind. This prompts you to put away the board and not use it again

7. Avada Kedavra.

Avada Kedavra means “let this thing be destroyed”. The modern version can be considered as Abracadabra. Us a card changing principle to make Avada Kedayra into the word: Abracadabra.

6. Alohomora.

Since this is the one Hermione keeps using to unlock doors when they go sneaking around in the first book, a lock and key effect could be used. Maybe something like “Locked for Life.”

5. Lumos.

This spell has been equated with the that little torch app on your iPhone, so it makes sense to get the app and demonstrate it. Then show it having an effect on something in a magical way.

4. Expelliarmus.

Since this is the only spell that Harry ever uses when he’s in a duel, maybe challenge an audience member to a duel, a magical duel where the tricks they attempt either do or do not work depending on whether you are going for comedy or not.

3. Wingardium Leviosa.

This is about making something levitate. There are many possibilities here for the conjurer to use something like the floating zombie ball.

2. Accio.

Making things move at the speed of light is easy from magicians. They just use some teleportation effect and garnish it with patter that relates to the retelling of Accio.

1. Expecto Patronum.

A great way to get rid of Dementors by summoning a Patronus to chase them away. Therefore, applied to the magic tricks, a disappearance of a Dementor by a Patronus you make appear, might work here.

In Conclusion

Rough ideas, yes, but my hat’s off to Manhattan Magician for planting some seeds as well as USAcreate.com for their help in getting the word out to the people. Now magicians, go forth and work these concepts into tangible routines!