Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan
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'Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan' has been released in April 2013 as an English e-book.
The book is a translation of the German-language original opus 'Chronik eines Harry Potter Fans'; the original has been published just a few months earlier, back in November 2012.
The initial version of the books is restricted within its reach to the German-speaking area and thus not accessible for the huge majority of the worldwide Harry Potter fandom. But now, the book is easily available and understandable for interested people all over the world!
For many years, beginning in spring 2005, I was active in the virtual Harry Potter fan community: I started helping out on the renowned fansite 'Emma Watson Empire' and advanced, from a normal site visitor, to the site's representative just within a few months.
Two years later, I founded the Knight Bus, world's most likely biggest Harry Potter link archive. And finally, I started the organisation 'The international network of Harry Potter Websites': My attempt to get the worldwide fandom to collaborate and to keep it in one piece after the release of the final Harry Potter movie.
In this book, I talk about my activities and inducements, as well as the influence which the Harry Potter story had on my life.
Me, holding a specimen of the German original.
In autumn 2009, when my activity in the virtual Harry Potter fandom seemed to be most widely over, I felt the urge to write down all my experiences which I had made during my time as a dedicated fan; thoroughly with the idea to get it published. I wrote eagerly, until the likely most work intensive period of my whole college days - for the moment - did not let me enough room for it.
Basically, I planned to go on writing the chronicles in the beginning of the next year, but things came different: I found a manuscript which I had begun writing years earlier and decided to accomplish it; completing my first novel kept me busy until December 2011.
And it turned out good that I have not published the chronicles first: On one hand, because I simply lacked of practice in writing back in those days; on the other hand, because, as the future revealed, I was not finished with the virtual Harry Potter fandom by that time.
After my debut novel was released, I got new incentive to complete the chronicles during the last few days of 2011; so I did this parallel to writing my second novel.
Finally, when the chronicles were added some essential details, relieved of redundancies and stylistically completely revised, the opus got published on November 9th, 2012.
Due to the distinct interest from the international fan community, it soon was fixed that the book would get translated into English. The translation work started still in December 2012 and was already finished in the beginning of 2013!
In summer 2013, there will be a Blog Tour for about two weeks, during which I will visit one book blog every day to promote 'Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan'. The event will be organised by the Dutch, currently UK-based book blogger Juliane Witte, who will take part in the Blog Tour herself with her blog 'Universe in Words'.
List of participants
(22nd July):Little Read Riding Hood
(23rd July):Guiltless Reading
(24th July):Scott Reads It
(26th July):Confessions of an Inner Aspen
(28th July):Memories In A Box
(29th July):The Diary Of A Book Addict
(30th July):A Night's Dream of Books
(31st July):L.K. Hill
(1st August):Universe in Words
Just as it had been the case after the release of 'Chronik eines Harry Potter Fans' there was a brisk media response to the English translation as well. Here go some links to online-reports which I have found:
Simply Daniel Radcliffe (USA)
Daniel J Radcliffe Holland (Holland)
Portal Radcliffe (Brazil)
Beside reports on fan based websites, the book got already mentioned twice on the book blog 'Universe in Words':
To the article:"Follow Friday and 'Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan'"
© Thomas Sailer