22nd: Little Read Riding Hood
28th: Ashley Nemer
30th: A Night's Dream of Books
31st: L.K. Hill
Now, to the book at hand!
When Thomas Sailer's book 'Chronik eines Harry Potter Fans' was published in November 2012 word quickly spread throughout the Harry Potter community. Now translated into English, 'Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan' offers an exclusive and intimate look into the Harry Potter fandom and its workings.
Sailer became active in the Harry Potter fandom in 2004 after the books and films became an inspiration for him to change his life for the better.. From contributing to different websites to being the representative for a major Emma Watson fansite, he had an increasing presence in the Harry Potter fandom, until he founded the Knight Bus, one of the biggest Harry potter directories, and the International Network of Harry Potter Websites, helping Harry Potter fans to remain in contact with each other after the final book and film appeared.
'Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan' is an autobiography from a fan for fans, filled with stories about amazing projects and unforgettable experiences.
Guestpost by Thomas Sailer:
Hello there, this is Thomas Sailer, author of “Cronicles of a Harry Potter Fan”, speaking about my book here on A Universe in Words.
Looking back now in 2013, it has been a long while since I started becoming active in the online Harry Potter fandom: I remember clearly when, in the spring of 2005, I started looking for HP sources on the web – eager to get active in one of these communities. For me, being a fan always meant more than just enjoying the books and movies. I wanted more … and I wanted to get involved.
As I always try to find ways to change my dreams into action, I managed to work my way from a normal fan up to a recognized name within the virtual Harry Potter fandom. And, for a very long time, my activity in the fandom appeared to me like a window and maybe even a possible gateway, to something amazing.
What I really enjoyed about my work was all the creative projects which I thought up and later put into practice. I loved the various tasks which this activity gave me. For instance, to inform other webmasters about project ideas or to work in my friend’s garage and try desperately to complete a wooden keepsake box for Emma Watson’s 18th birthday from the fans.
In the course of my project activities, I got to meet many new people from all over the world; many of whom I am still in contact with and enjoy talking to from time to time. They were webmasters, staff members of Harry Potter sites or normal fans who did not take part in the virtual fandom the way I did. It was a real pleasure to meet such a variety of new and interesting people.
The decision to write a book came along at a time when I felt like I was over and done with HP. In the end of 2009 I started to realise how many things I had done, moved and achieved within the HP fandom. So I considered it a great chance to gather my memories and thus share my experience.
Writing this book did not happen at once; I had to interrupt my work very soon, as it was some weeks before Christmas and I had no idea how to get all my stuff for university done. And in the beginning of the new year, I had the incentive to write a novel – what put this project on ice for the moment. Further, I was not able to put a proper ending to the book, as at that time I was not finished with my activity in the fandom.Almost two years later, in the last days of December 2011, I made the decision that it was time to finish this book. So, along with writing my second novel, I completed it during 2012. It was a great experience to confront myself with all those memories once again and to work them out a structured book.