Timeline of Harry Potter Fandom

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Fandom: Harry Potter
Dates: 1997-
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1997

1998

  • July: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second novel, is published in the United Kingdom. The characters Gilderoy Lockhart, Colin Creevey, and Dobby are introduced.
  • October: The first novel is published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone.

1999

2000

2001

  • January: The Sugar Quill, a fanfiction and fanart archive, opens. SQ is for canon-compliant pairings.
  • June 22: Fanfiction.net removes The Draco Trilogy from their site for TOS violations (plagiarism).[2] Some fans of Cassie Claire are upset.
  • Summer: FictionAlley, an all-pairing, all-genre fanfiction archive, opens and gives a new home to The Draco Trilogy.
  • November: The film version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is released.
  • November-December: Cassie Claire and others are stalked by the husband of a Gryffindor Tower admin.

2002

  • June: Harry and the Potters is the first wizard rock group to form.
  • October: The fansite HPANA, a news aggregator, opens.
  • The Livejournal RPG Nocturne Alley starts.
  • September/November: On September 12, Fanfiction.net bans NC-17-rated stories.[3] By November, the adult fanfic archive Restricted Section opens.
  • November: The het fanfiction archive Portkey.org opens.
  • November: The film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is released.

2003

2004

  • May: J.K. Rowling launches her redesigned official site, featuring exclusive content and new information about the HP universe.
  • May: The newsletter community Daily Snitch starts.
  • May/June: The film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is released.
  • June 30: The RPG Nocturne Alley concludes its two-year arc.
  • November 18: Recs community Crack Broom founded.

2005

  • Big Bang, Baby, a Harry/Draco fic/art challenge, is the first Big Bang challenge.
  • April: The newsletter community Hogwarts Today starts.
  • July: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is published. Fans and non-fans alike are spoiled for Dumbledore's death.
  • October 6-10: The Witching Hour convention is held in Salem, Massachusetts.
  • November: The film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is released.

2006

2007

2008

  • July 10-13: The fan con Portus [4] is held in Dallas, Texas.
  • July 25-27: The academic? conference Accio [5] is held in Oxford, England.
  • August 7-11: The fan con Terminus (2008) [6] is held in Chicago, Illinois.

2009

  • May 21-24: The first LeakyCon is held.[7]
  • July: The film version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is released.
  • July: The fan con Azkatraz[8] is held.

2010

  • June: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park opens to the public at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.
  • July 15-18: The fan con Infinitus[9] is held in Orlando, Florida.
  • November: The film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is released.

2011

  • April 28-May 1: The fan convention Aeternitas [10] is held in Laconia, New Hampshire.
  • June 16-19: The fan convention Lubricus is held.
  • July: The film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II is released. Various mainstream media outlets publish a number of accounts that reference HP fans and fan activity, including The Boy Who Lived Forever by Lev Grossman.
  • July 31: Pottermore opens registration for its limited beta release.

2012

  • April 14: Pottermore opens to the public.
  • August 16-19: The fan convention Lubricus is held.

Footnotes

  1. Gypsy Silverleaf. Harry Potter and the Man of Unknown. Posted to FF.Net 09-04-99. (Accessed 8 May 2011)
  2. Avocado. The Cassandra Claire Plagiarism Debacle [1]. Posted 4 August 2006 to bad_penny. (Accessed 14 May 2011)
  3. Wikipedia's FanFiction.Net article. (Accessed 14 May 2011)
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