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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
“The Killer Women Mentoring Scheme is a brand new initiative designed to support emerging female crime writers from BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) and working-class backgrounds. The scheme, which will offer mentorship, workshop and possible publication opportunities, has been backed by one of the most loved writers in the crime genre: J.K Rowling, otherwise known under her crime fiction alias, Robert Galbraith.”
Another Harry Potter site of interest is Pottermore at:
Our own fan club here in New York City is one of our favorites also, as well it should be. Hey, if you don’t love yourself how will others love you? Our web URL contains where we are from in abbreviation as seen here:
I, SpaceMan, am your host once again here at the Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. Today we are exploring a topic that has Potterheads all over the world abuzz. We’re talking of course about “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the new play on Broadway!
About the Play
We’re starting at the beginning by showing you how the website for the production describes itself. Here’s an excerpt from the “About” page of HarryPotterThePlay.com:
“Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. This epic two-part event brings one of the most iconic characters of our time to life on stage – now as a husband and father of three – with his friends still by his side. Cursed Child sends the imagination soaring with awe-inspiring theatrical wizardry – the likes of which have never been experienced until now.”
“New York Times” Review
Since we’re based in New York, NY it only makes sense to give the #2 spot to the “New York Times.” Here’s a portion of what NYtimes.com had to say:
“Part of the generation-crossing appeal of Ms. Rowling’s novels lies in her ability to give operatic grandeur to the most universal and pedestrian hopes and fears — feelings harbored by anguished adolescents of all ages — by placing them in a wildly fantastical context. (In this sense, her fiction resembles that of Stephen King.) And this show more than honors that dichotomy.”
Now we’ll examine a tidbit from One of Hollywood’s rags, Variety.com:
“Once you get past the sensory (and commercial) blandishments and the show begins, it’s clear that director John Tiffany and his wizard designers have answered the big question: What can the theater do for the story of Harry Potter that the books and movie treatments haven’t done? In a word, the theater has brought its own brand of wizardry to the material. Visually and aurally, the show presents a panorama of dazzling effects that draw audible gasps from the audience.”
“For readers who stayed up all night to pore through the brick-sized books, the show’s five-plus-hour run time (over two nights) is only fitting. Our favorite characters (now adults and parents) all show up, and just as in the books, they’re different enough to show they’ve grown over the years, yet are exactly the same in their habits and hearts.”
“The time-travel effect is a marvel of deftly deployed lights and video that yields a big wow moment, prompting a surge of anticipation whenever it’s about to occur. But what’s most satisfying is the way the story expands as it trips back and forth between past and present to revisit much of the known Potterverse.”
Potterheads, if you haven’t seen “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” yet, do! And give us your own personal review!
Welcome fellow NYC and international PotterHeads of PotterMania. It’s none other than SpaceMan here. And I’m not only a Harry Potter fan but I myself practice the art of conjuring in another life. So imagine my excitement when I learned there is a place that has the best of both of my worlds: one aspect being Potterdome and the other legerdemain!
I am speaking of course about “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” that is cohabitating with the “Summer of Magic” program. Where? It goes without saying that both exhibits are occurring at The New York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West, New York, NY, (212) 873-3400. Also, here’s the website for more information.
I give you the necessary information up front because if you, like me, are interested in seeing BOTH exhibits, you’ll have to act quickly. Though Harry Potter will be around until January 27, 2019, the “Summer of Magic” happening is going to be leaving us, well, just like summer on September 16. Yes, disappearing. Poof!
Harry Potter Fun
Harry Potter I must admit is what I am most excited to see. I have heard it is wonderful. It is described as a journey to where magic and myth began! And as every wizard knows, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the United States publishing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
“…Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.”
The showing also boasts of such things as the first recorded mention of “abracadabra,” as a cure for malaria, in Quintus Serenus, Liber Medicinals. Courtesy the British Library Board. Neat!
And Then There’s the Second Attraction, in this Double Feature
“…Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection” June 15 – September 16. Travel to New York’s magical past and discover a world of treasures from the collection of Emmy Award-winning illusionist David Copperfield. Explore the careers and exploits of the legendary magicians that inspired him, see iconic objects used by Harry Houdini, and be amazed by the Death Saw from one of Copperfield’s most famous illusions!”
And Before I Vanish Just Like “Summer of Magic” Which I Will be Doing Soon, I’d Like to Thank Those of You Who Contacted Me Regarding…
The blog entry, just as the title describes, details five talented finger flingers who perform in our terrific city.
Kudos also go out to the Manhattan Magician for being accepted as a card carrying member (it actually says “Manhattan Magician” on his membership card) of the Society of American Magicians. And since MM is in New York, in September he’ll be attending meetings at the very first chapter of S.A.M. that was once presided over by Harry Houdini himself!
All right then. It’s time for SpaceMan to dematerialize…
Which Harry Potter Fan Experience is Right for You?
There are many Harry Potter fan clubs and experiences to be had, one for every taste. But sometimes it is not clear if a Harry Potter experience is right for you. That’s why I, SpaceMan, of Harry Potter Fan Club NYC (the unofficial Harry Potter fan club) have taken it upon myself to provide details regarding some of our favorite clubs and adventures. That way, you can judge which one you like the most as well as can consider becoming a part of it.
The Group that Shall Not be Named
We start of course with “The Group that Shall Not be Named.” This club is located in New York, NY like we are and is organized by J.Rosenthal and 6 others. It boasts over 3,500 members. They are united by their love of the books. They meet regularly on the 1st Thursday of every month and have special events, usually around 12 per year. They describe their organization as a way to meet new friends in this huge city.
Target is having a special Harry Potter event to showcase the new product lines for the 20th anniversary. This is a heavily cosplay encouraged happening at a Target in Brooklyn to help promote and showcase TGTSNBN. If you would like to attend please go to TGTSNBN meetup page. The event will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Target located at 45 Albee Square, Brooklyn, NY.