Harry_Potter (mailing list)

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Mailing List
Name: Harry_Potter
Date(s): 18 July 1999 — present
Moderated: no
Founder(s): Gypsy Silverleaf
Type: news
Fandom: Harry Potter
Scope: Harry Potter news and discussion; Harry Potter Realm announcements
URL: Harry_Potter at Yahoo! Groups (previously ONElist then eGroups)
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Harry_Potter was a Harry Potter mailing list, originally started in July 1999 on ONElist by Gypsy for her website, Harry Potter's Realm of Wizardry. It may have been the first Harry Potter mailing list.

The list is still online at Yahoo! Groups, where it moved after ONElist merged with eGroups then Yahoo!, but it has been overrun with spam.

Group Description

Many people around the world love Harry Potter. This mailing list will provide you with new information periodically and I, Gypsy (and my "lovely" personalities), hope you enjoy this. Visit my site (http://www.HarryPotterRealm.com) for more info and fun!

Activity

Although the list was founded in July 1999, there was only a small amount of sporadic posting until May 2000, which saw 57 posts for the month. In July 2000—corresponding with the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—there was a rapid increase in activity with 938 posts for the month.

Overall activity peaked in January 2001, with over 1800 posts that month alone. Activity dropped steadily after that, coming to an average of around 300 posts per month in 2002 and under 200 in 2003. As of January 2002, the group had over 600 members.[1]

The list began to have issues with spam as early as 2001.[2] The moderator, Gypsy, appears to have not been involved with the group after around 2000. As time progressed, spam outstripped legitimate discussion, although on-topic conversation did continue through the publication of Deathly Hallows in 2007.

References

  1. Harry_Potter at Yahoo! Groups, archived 09 January 2002 by the Wayback Machine.
  2. For example, see Topic #15319, started 23 December 2001, for some complaints about a rogue calendar "reminder" about Order of the Phoenix that was automatically posted to the group twice a day, every day for years. It appears to have finally died in late 2005.