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Happy New Year! A Review of a Year of Potter

Posted by: Catherine
December 31, 2012, 01:15 PM

2012 was the first year in which neither a new Potter novel nor Potter film was released, but that has not slowed us--the mighty fandom--down one bit. In fact, we thrived on a year full of Harry Potter news and excitement. Pottermore kept the fandom feed with new content from J.K. Rowling in its release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and the first installment Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The release of games (Harry Potter Kinect, and Wonder Book: Book of Spells) and movie collections (The Harry Potter Wizard's Collection, and all of the ultimate editions of the movies are now out) kept us entertained. As well as the fact that now we can all visit the studio where all the magic was made, and shop at the real Platform 9 3/4. With the 15th anniversary of the novel that started it all (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), and the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it was a year to reflect and enjoy all that the Harry Potter empire has brought--and is still bringing.

This year, we have watched the beloved cast of Harry Potter grow and develop beyond the movie set of their childhood. We proudly saw them thrive in all of their post-Potter projects and endeavors; bringing us more joy and entertainment in their new movies and musical performances. Many awards were nominated and received; Helena Bonham Carter received her CBE in January, and Kenneth Branagh was knighted in November. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--Part 2 was nominated for many awards (5 Empire awards, and 10 Saturn awards, just to name a few), and received quite a few as well.

Ms. Rowling has kept us on our toes from early on in the year. On February 24, J.K. Rowling announced the publication of her first post-Potter, adult novel. She kept us on the edges of our seats as details of this mysterious new book were slowly released. During this excitement, Ms. Rowling received The Freedom of the City of London Award on May 8th. On April 12, J.K. Rowling launched her new website and released the publication date, few plot details, and the title of her new work. The cover art of Ms. Rowling's new novel was released later this past summer, on July 4th. Ms. Rowling took a break from enticing her fans to make an appearance (with Lord Voldemort) at London's 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The Casual Vacancy was finally released on September 27, 2012. J.K. Rowling was on the promotional road again, and stirring up a whirlwind as she went!

This coming year, we can only expect many more great things from the world of Potter. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding, and opening in new locations. We are looking forward to the release of many more post-Potter movies from our favorite actors, and J.K. Rowling is working on a children's novel and expects to be back on the promotional road soon! We here at Leaky have deeply enjoyed this past year with all of you, and we look forward to the years to come for this thriving fandom. We wish you the best, and a very Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

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211 Points

It was a really exiting Potter year, and I hope for more magic in the year to come! I wish all my Potterhead friends a happy and exiting new year :D

Posted by Milla Aiko Indie on December 31, 2012, 01:37 PM report to moderator
452 Points

Indeed, many Potter things have happened… Here’s to 2013! Everyone have a great New Year! :)

Posted by Mad But Happy on December 31, 2012, 04:55 PM report to moderator
1787 Points

Have a happy new year and look forward to more Potter related things!

Posted by horcruxhunter7 on December 31, 2012, 05:52 PM report to moderator
4092 Points

Pottermore, WB studio – its been a great year! Hopefully next year will be the same- HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Posted by Grindylow_101: Avis Mauvais Malfoy=:) on December 31, 2012, 05:54 PM report to moderator
41 Points

Happy New Year! It really was a good year and I hope and expect the next will be as good as this^^ New chapters on Pottermore for example ;)

Posted by Leslie Potter on December 31, 2012, 07:43 PM report to moderator
358 Points

Happy New Year to all Potter fans – may your year be full of wonder!

Posted by weasleywannabe1997 on January 01, 2013, 08:33 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

So much for all those who said this would all dry up and blow away after the last film came out… WRONG!!!

Posted by Won_Two on January 01, 2013, 11:19 AM report to moderator
28416 Points

The people who think it would all fade away have no idea how much this series means to so many.

The books and the characters who inhabit them are so wonderful that they will inspire many people for a long time to come, hopefully remaining in print for generations to come. The Studio Tour is completely amazing and is always busy, even people who are not especially interested in Harry Potter are also enjoying the tour as it shows the quality of work that all the people behind the scenes produce, and they are seriously impressed.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on January 01, 2013, 12:20 PM report to moderator
4366 Points
Tonight’s December thirty-first,

Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!
- Ogden Nash

Posted by devilskinn on January 02, 2013, 04:26 AM report to moderator
5723 Points

If members would like to share their Harry Potter memories, please join my group: The Pensieve.

Posted by La La Toadstone =:) on January 02, 2013, 12:24 PM report to moderator
35 Points

Even though this is the first year without a new Harry Potter book or movie, it’s hard to believe the magnitude that this franchise has had on so many people, especially those like myself who grew up with the series. The themes within Harry Potter are so applicable to everyday life such as the concept of friendship and hopefully these books and movies will inspire generations to come. Hopefully the books will also become classics and remain in publication for many years to come.

Posted by gryffindor27 on January 02, 2013, 12:39 PM report to moderator
2735 Points

@gryfindor27: In my opinion the books are already classics.

Posted by Jett Black Deatherage =:) ♥ on January 03, 2013, 10:14 AM report to moderator
229 Points

At some point the movies will be rebooted. You can take that one to the bank!

Posted by akcorr on January 03, 2013, 05:37 PM report to moderator
940 Points

Thank you, Catherine, for posting this great review of 2012. My personal HP highlights were spending 8 hours exploring the WB Studios Tour in London and visiting nearly all UK sites of HP books and films. Plus Birthday & Christmas presents of all things Potter.

Posted by PollyC on January 03, 2013, 06:05 PM report to moderator
1346 Points

Long LIve HP! Happy New Year Everybody!

Posted by HarryLover on January 03, 2013, 07:27 PM report to moderator
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