Archive for category Harry Potter

HP Events Australia Liquidation Sale

Posted by on Sunday, 6 September, 2009

When we closed HP Events Australia there was still a box of prizes and some MuggleCast Down Under t-shirts left. I’ve added in a few duplicate items from my collection to clear out in the ultimate Harry Potter merchandise sale.A few items have already sold (we had a spreadsheet sent around) but this will be the most up to date listing. If you’re interested in anything please email me at Pick up from Melbourne CBD is preferred. Otherwise postage is at cost. Cash payments or bank deposit. This is all below cost already so we can’t afford the PayPal account.The MCDU t-shirts are very big. An extra small is about a ladies 12 or mens small. They’re a unisex cut.$5 Goblet of Fire Analogue Watch (needs new battery but in box)$5 Sirius 4” NECA Series 1 figure from Order of the Phoenix movie$10 Sirius 7” NECA Series 1 figure from Order of the Phoenix movie$5 Draco and the Malfoys first album$2 Gryffindor bag tag (new but not in package)$5 5 piece pencil case study kit from Chamber of Secrets$5 Double layer pencil tin from Goblet of Fire$2 Small Lego Knight Bus (assembled)$5 MCDU Extra Small Beige T-Shirt$5 MCDU Small Beige T-Shirt$5 MCDU Large Beige T-Shirt$5 MCDU Small Lime T-Shirt$5 MCDU Medium Lime T-Shirt$5 MCDU Large Lime T-Shirt$1 “Hidden Danger in Harry Potter” small book by Steve Wohlberg (religion, anti-Harry Potter)$5 “The Harry Potter Quiz Book”$5 “Hogwarts or Hogwash” book by Peter Furst and Craig Heilmann (religion pro-Harry Potter)$5 “Wizard! Harry Potter’s Brand Magic” marketing book by Stephen Brown$5 “Magical Worlds of Harry Potter” book by David Colbert$2 Plastic Brief Case from Chamber of Secrets$5 A5 Hogwarts notebook$5 MCDU Extra Small Lime T-Shirt$10 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Book (US Paperback)

Corporate Fan Fiction?

Posted by on Saturday, 22 August, 2009

We all know fan fiction writers are hardly considered credible. Even the few talented writers cop scorn for writing fan fic. So I couldn’t help giggling when I found this during the week.Do You Remember Lost Secrets?It’s Harry Potter fan fiction masquerading as a marketing lesson. A very amusing way of living their dream while trying to maintain credibility. Would have convinced me if he hadn’t claimed five sales tips as the rules of marketing.

Harry, a History by Melissa Anelli

Posted by on Monday, 29 December, 2008

Disclaimer: Just to make it clear: this is not going to be a fan report gushing over the Harry Potter books or fandom.What I will say though, is that the Harry Potter books and fandom would not have been nearly as successful if not for social media.Melissa Anelli, a New York based former reporter and now full-time author, has presented a factual, open-minded story of her time in the fandom. Through the book an accidental secondary story is told, that is the development of social media. Anelli’s story starts with her discovering late (just before the release of book 4 in July 2000) to being the webmistress of the most professional and highly regarded fansite; co-host of the lost listened to Harry Potter podcast; and for the media, the voice of the fandom. She has interviewed series author, JK Rowling several times and is called on by the publishers and movie studios for a fan’s view.The social media story is given dedicated chapters but treated as incidental Anelli’s own story. There is the chapter on wizard rock, the music genre started by fans writing and recording songs about the series and uploading them to MySpace. Others detailing web forums connecting young teen operators of the early fansites after Warner Bros sent cease and desist letters and also enabling the fans to unite and run an international campaign that lead to Warner Bros having a more collaborative approach to the fans; and Anelli’s own story of her launching PotterCast, her weekly podcast, in August 2006. Just after Apple added podcasts to the iTunes store.To many, social media, two-way communications and user-generated content are new “inventions”. To those in the Harry Potter fandom, these are long established tools. Harry, a History is a history of social media and its growth. I recommend reading it, not for the fandom or book series, but to understand the development and practical uses of social media. Even in the last couple of months since this book has been released the fans are using newer tools like YouTube, Twitter and vlogs. To catch up on how the fandom is using social media, check out the links below.Harry, a History Harry, a History at Dymocks online store Leaky Cauldron – Anelli’s fansite PotterCast – the podcast


Posted by on Saturday, 27 December, 2008

Wow, it has been a long time since I posted. It’s not to say I have forgotten about Tap Dancing Spiders.

I’m currently working on a few review posts. Two book reviews I am working on are for Harry, a History by Melissa Anelli and Traders Guns and Money by Satyajit Das. Both are very different books. Harry, a History is a report of the massive breadth of the Harry Potter fandom from an insider. Traders Guns and Money is a highly regarded prediction of the current financial crisis, published in 2006 when people were saying it could never happen.

The new site design is also slowly coming along. Hopefully the holiday time will let us finish it off for you.

Until then I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday time.

Bringing Down the House

Posted by on Saturday, 16 August, 2008

At a rock concert at the Hilton Chicago, USA last weekend, the dancing and jumping by the fans caused a chandelier on the floor below to be damaged and the room had to be evacuated.Who was the band? What was the gig? Panic at the Disco? The Jonas Brothers? No, it was a group of bands playing songs about books. I love the Harry Potter fandom.