Reading the Harry Potter books is a magical experience. From the beautiful mind of J K Rowling, it is a fantastical journey filled with magic, adventure and a boat load of twists. Not to mention the depth of characterization, each with their amazing uniqueness they feel so real. While the tale has been told and books have stopped, the movies have not.
Just like real life celebrities, the characters of Harry Potter series have millions of fans as well. There are always conversations, book readings and debates happening online and today we’ve compiled a list of online hangouts for us Potter fans. Since this site was designed by muggles, Alohomora won’t work, so click on More instead to read on.
MuggleNet claims to be the world’s number one Harry Potter website. Like all the other fans of the wizarding world, folks at this site are also eagerly expecting the release of the latest installment of the movie, The Deathly Hallows and even have put a countdown clock till the curtains go up. The blog is updated very frequently with information about the movie, soundtracks, the stars, links to video interviews and the like. They have a fan of the week section where a wanna be wizard is featured along with his/her story of how he/she became a fan.
MuggleNet has some fun trivia widgets showing quotes and Did you know nuggets from the books. Occasionally they conduct contests like the one currently running where buying cookies could get you free passes to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.
Named after the favorite hang out of the Hogwarts dwellers, The Leaky Cauldron boasts itself as the most trusted name in Potter. Their regularly updated blog should be enough to stay on the happenings of the wizarding world. The Leaky Cauldron has a bunch of neat tools to consume information regarding the boy who lived. First and foremost among them is their Wiki. Though it is a work in progress, it is great for a quick look at some reference or a character from the books.
The interactive section of the site hosts a forum, chat rooms, quizzes, countdowns, reading groups and more. The Leaky Cauldron galleries are worth taking a look too. Right from the images from movies to pictures of merchandise, they have got it all. Every year they also conduct the LeakyCon to celebrate all things Harry Potter and they have opened up registrations for the event in 2011. Dedicated apps to access the website from your iPhone or Android mobile phone is available as well.
When The Harry Potter Lexicon says that it is the most complete and amazing reference to Harry Potter, they definitely are not lying. They have put together Wiki like sections and guides on a variety of magical topics. Some interesting ones are Encyclopedia of spells, Magic & Magical theory, The Quidditch Handbook and the Visitor’s guide to Hogwarts. The Encyclopedia of spells is so thoughtfully organized and comprehensively compiled, it would just blow the minds of a first time visitor.Not only we have a spell, its pronunciation and description, we also get to see which top character used it and in which installment of the series. While the content in the site is amazing, their design isn’t and looks like it belongs to the Geocities era.
Fan fiction is a great way for hardcore fans to carry forward the characters they love in their own words or create an alternate version of the same story that they find to be right. Without doubt, the Harry Potter series has so many characters and twists making it one of the best literary works to be rewritten. Harry Potter Fan fiction has a lot of such fan contributions and in several formats. We have one page stories to fully blown novels competing with J K Rowling herself. Works are categorized by their genre (yes, lots of them) and am sure Twilight “Saga” fans will love the angst section in particular. An ideal destination for Potterheads who have some time to kill in their hands.
Harry Potter Fans sits on a very enviable domain name. It is basically a blog which is regularly updated with news regarding the book, the crew, the movie etc. They have a bunch of games and I was very much impressed with the word search games. To play the word search game, use your mouse to circle the words and titles from the list on the right. If you’re right, the circle will change to blue and the words will disappear from the list. If you needed any help, select a word from the list and press ‘find words.’ (Your browser must be Java-enabled to play.). Gifts and gift suggestions are available as well. For those who have just started reading the books, the character bios section will be really useful to get an introduction about the Wizards.
Harry Potter Fan Zone is more inclined towards giving fans access to Harry Potter goodies rather than dishing out news like a typical blog. They have a fantastic collection of Harry Potter fonts and you can download & install them for free. Fonts are available for both Mac and PC users. You can get your favorite characters in the form of Avatars and wallpapers. Bookmarks, emoticons, LEGO sets are available as well. If you are planning to ask about your future, use the Ask Professor Trewlaney section. Wondering which house you would belong to if you were at Hogwarts?, take the help of the sorting hat (I am a Ravenclaw!). A list of Harry Potter stars who are on Twitter is also maintained at the Harry Potter Fan Zone.
Scholastic has a dedicated subdomain with brilliant graphics and sound effects for Harry Potter fans. It is such a fun experience to navigate through the site that feels more like a flash game. You can access the site based on the titles and each section has a description & glossary to start with. While at the site be sure to check the pronunciation guide without fail. They have actually compiled all the spells and got a muggle to pronounce it for you!
You guys know what AppStorm and Harry Potter have in common? Both have a lightning mark on their top right side!
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So which one is your favorite Harry Potter hangout? Did we miss a site in the list? Share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks!