When we sit down and think about everything fandom has given us, it can be overwhelming. Like really, really overwhelming. The amount of people, friendships, and memories we have, all because J.K Rowling was on a delayed train and thought up a little boy under the stairs, with out of control black hair and a scar on his head. It’s incredible.
There’s a lot to be thankful for.
We’re thankful for the days where that “do not disturb” sign disappeared off the magical door on JKR’s old website. We’re thankful for the people that sat and refreshed that page until it happened and let the rest of us know.
We’re also pretty thankful that Harry Potter and the Pillar of Storge was never actually a real title.
Thank you to the parents, who every year, get dragged to conventions to chaperone their kids but secretly (or not so secretly) love it. We’re thankful for the weddings that come out of our communities, and the love that is discovered and created between the pages of our tear stained John Green books. Thankful for those one of a kind connections we make, the casual acquaintances that turn into best friends.
Years ago we stumbled into internet chatrooms against all better judgement and advice, and now these random screen names are our closest confidants. Through podcasts and message boards and Facebook groups we’ve found each other. How cool is that? It’s because of fandom that we have friends all around the world, in different states and countries, who are always just an email away.
Thank you fandom, for giving us a reason to travel, and to explore, to write and create. A place where we can be out of our mind excited and passionate about something and no one – NO ONE – will ever tell us to take it down a notch.
Fandom has given us the voice that we didn’t realize we had before. The confidence to speak up and say “no, I really think it’s Harry and Hermione,” and for someone else to say “no, you’re delusional!” and then for J.K Rowling to prove us all wrong (or right?) 8 years later. The courage to write again, to sing in public, to be exactly who we want to be. For role models that show us “hey, maybe I can really make a life doing what I love.”
We’re thankful for bands who write music about the books that we like, so we can dance with reckless abandon in our cosplay, crafted with sweat, tears, and dragon’s blood. To don our bowties, yeah–they’re cool, and hell yes, this is my fez. A place where it’s okay to want to catch them all, and to be the very best. A place where you can carry on, my wayward son. A place where we can be exactly who we want to be.
A special thank you to all the hotel staff who have cleaned up after so many of our parties. We’re sorry.
We’re thankful for the poster we saw one morning on the metro, advertising A Dance With Dragons in the summer of 2011. And thank you, Amazon Prime, for delivering it two days later. We’re thankful for Netflix, for streaming episodes of Doctor Who, and not so thankful for taking down Battlestar Galactica right after we got invested. Thank you Slate Serial Spoiler Special, for making a podcast about another podcast, further justifying our need to spend 10-15 hours a week on reddit.com/r/serialpodcast/ .
And we guess you could say, in no small way, we’re thankful to Al Gore for inventing the internet.
But honestly, here at Fantastic Fandoms, were mostly just thankful for you. Thanks for supporting our little project. Thanks for liking the same stuff we like. These friendships and connections, this is what it’s all about. Happy Thanksgiving, friends. You’re our kind of people.
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