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 Bianca@tapdancingspiders.com.au. 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)
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.
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
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.
Since setting up this blog about a month ago I have been deliberating over what should be the first post. I don’t want this to be the standard blogs of whining about all that is wrong in the world. Those who know me would think someone had stolen my password anyway, because that is just not me.So, what is me? I am 32 years old and live in Melbourne, Australia. I LOVE Melbourne. It has the best mix of everything and one of the most accepting cultures in the world, but more of that another time. I work full time in a range of admin roles, while slowly setting up my own events co-ordination business. At the moment I am temping for an American investment banker looking out the window at the most amazing aerial view of Melbourne (but again, more of that another time). Yep, I also tend to get off-topic heaps. OK, back to … me. This year I am starting a new course: Grad Dip in Public Relations at RMIT. Luckily it is only part-time, or I am likely to try and work full-time and study full-time like I did for my undergrad. I don’t recommend it, but that is just what I do. One of the reasons I don’t want to over-load myself is that I have the most awesome best friends and hanging with them is much more fun than slaving over text books on a Friday night. I adore Kiera and Courtney – they are the best mix of confidant, encouragers and trouble. And we are each so unique. Kiera is a nurse who loves the excitement of having to put tubes in people’s chests to save their lives, Courtney is plays in theatre (not the medical kind, that was Kiera) while studying to become a primary teacher. I am proud to be able to share fish bowl sized margaritas with them.So when not drinking with the girls I am always the one with a camera on hand. Currently, I have an old Fuji s5500 (I did say old), while saving for a Canon 400D digital SLR. My Flickr account has nearly 3,000 photos on it and they are only the ones good enough to make it online. I’d put a link here to my Flickr page, but I am on a work computer that deems it, but not blogspot WTF?, a personal site and has blocked it. Search the user PrincessTinkerB anyway and you’ll find them. The same username can find my videos on youtube. My video camera is an entry level Canon MD120. It does what it needs to, my main love is still over video. As a last resort I use my phone (a Nokia N95) for photography as well. It takes brilliant photos for a phone, and I love that they can be directly uploaded to Flickr.At this point everyone will be asking where is the Harry Potter mention. Well, hey, while it seems like it, it is not all my life. Yes, Dymocks’ PR team calls me Australia’s Biggest Harry Potter Fan. I head up Australia’s only event organisation focussing on Harry Potter – HP Events Australia. We have done some fun stuff over the last 12-months: trivia nights, IMAX movie events, Zoo Days and the two biggies, working with Dymocks Melbourne for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book release party and managing the MuggleCast Down Under live podcasts. Before you tag me a kidult, can you name any other book released in the last 10 years which has touched as many people of all ages, cultures and nationalities as much as the HP series has? No, you can’t. So, the Harry Potter fan summary is that I am totally a Ravenclaw (as if working and studying full-time, concurrently didn’t say that), yes I randomly wear robes through the city, yes I have read each book many times (favourite is Deathly Hallows followed by Half Blood Prince), yes I have watched the last two movies several times in the cinema and both at least once in IMAX), and yes I do get the giggles seeing unintentional references to the series in everyday life. and the most important, I have met the most amazing people through the fandom and developed friendships that expand past an enjoyment of the books.Really, so that is me. OK, there is more like loving movies and music etc, but you can head over to Facebook for that stuff.