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Fandoms and Why I Love Them

So yesterday I had a fight with my mom… I hadn’t cleaned my room and she became impatient and just went in and disconnected the internet. She promised it’d be off for a whole week, and as I kept making her angry she raised that to two weeks, a month, six months, a year… I locked the door to my room and read my new ‘Harry Potter: Page to Screen’ book. The next morning she put the internet back.

While I was wifi-less, I had time to think. Why is the internet so important to me? And my answer was, It connects me with the rest of the world.

While most of my friends use the internet mostly for Facebook, I use it for lots of other things. Mostly the Harry Potter fandom.

Thanks to, at first, Facebook, then Pottermore and then myHogwarts, I found a world that was so welcoming and warm to me, that I couldn’t stay away. Millions of people who loved the same things as I did, and soon became a huge family to me.

The Harry Potter Fandom became something I couldn’t keep away from… I’d spend hours on my fan pages and talking to other fans. It was spectacular. I’m a double beta-er, which means I got into both Pottermore and myHogwarts. Both on the first day. myHogwarts is amazing to me… I have joined to Wizard City of Tel Aviv (currently 13 strong!). It’s so simple, all of it. It’s like knowing them for years already. We’re part of this one, huge together. Something that can’t be understood from the outside.

Now, besides the fandom, I have blogging and youtube and lots of other things… But while I had no way to connect with the world from inside my room, I remembered how important this fandom was to me. One night without it and I was missing it dearly…

It doesn’t matter what you’re a fan of, as long as you’ve got a family like that around you, life’s much more beautiful…