If you are someone that spends a lot of time on the internet, something that you are likely more than familiar with is fandoms. Fandoms can be described as a group of people that have an intense interest in a certain topic. Fandoms are usually obsessed with a certain TV show, movie, book, or game series.
Fandoms surpass your standard fan and for them, their obsession of choice usually takes up plenty of their lives. People that are involved in fandoms usually spend a lot of time discussing their interests online with their fellow fans. Many even make videos, cosplay and generally share their appreciation of what they love.
These fans can get pretty intense and they are often very defensive of the topic that they hold dearly, so it is best to just allow them to enjoy their thing. Nobody knows where fandoms started and it has been a topic of debate for some time now. I personally have my own opinion on when I think fandom culture started.
I believe that fandom culture really made its way into the public spectrum after the release of Harry Potter. You may think that this is a ridiculous claim, but I have some reasoning behind my claims.
Harry Potter Merchandise
No series has ever had as much merchandise released in public stores as Harry Potter. Even some of the most popular book series never reach a point where they have publicly sold merchandise.
This merchandise would not be available in so many stores if the owners did not believe that it would be bought. This is because the Harry Potter fandom, also known as Potterheads, are very dedicated to the series and want to wear merchandise that shows off their love for the series.
If you go to any clothing store, you are bound to run into a Harry Potter themed item of clothing, even though the last movie was released over a decade ago. The fact that these items still appear in-store shows just how in-demand they are. You could not name a single other book series that has had this effect on the mass market and it has been this way since the early 2000s. Potterheads are not dwindling, they are only increasing by the year. This means more and more merchandise will continue to be bought, showing just how powerful the fandom is.
The Online Culture
There are many online forums that are dedicated to everything Harry Potter. If you go online and type Harry Potter, you will get Billions of results, many of them being recent publications. If you think of the world of online quizzes, many of them are still dedicated to Harry Potter. From ‘Which Harry Potter character are you, to the classic Harry Potter house quiz. Fans are still actively making content for other fans to enjoy online, which shows just how prominent the fandom continues to be. This has been something that has spanned almost 30 years and it shows no sign of slowing down.