The Internet is something that has revolutionized our lives forever. Never have we lived in an era where everything is so connected, making day to day activities so much easier. Accessing media is only one click away and there is no need to wait as much as people did in the past. It is truly an exciting time to live in because everything is constantly changing. In the documentary “We Are Wizards”, the filmmaker Josh Koury delves into the dedicated fans of the Harry Potter world, discussing various topics ranging from intellectual property rights and the concept of fan-dom.
I feel like intellectual property was the balance of power between fans and Warner Brothers. When WB reacted negatively to The Leaky Cauldron made by a 12 year old fan, they believed that the creation of such a site was a threat to their business. However, as a response, the fans decided that boycotting everything (besides the books) was their best option. This was living proof that the Internet was a powerful medium of not only communication but rallying the like-minded individuals, making their cause more effective and potentially a threat. The growth of the Internet has high correlation with the rise of fan culture – not in just the Harry Potter world but other topics of interest, whether it be a band, sports team, or video game. Due to the ease of accessibility of content, it definitely is easier to spread the word and garner more fans. In other words the fan culture is growing. Compared to the era of Harry Potter when the Internet was still rising, I did not know that sites with similar interest or topics existed at all. I did not know that they were even a possibility. However, with the Internet, fan sites are so common and literally everywhere.
The most important thing in this movie for me is the aspect of fan culture and how it has come so far. I myself am a huge Starcraft: Brood War gaming fan – I followed professional players & teams for years, watching live games at 4 or 5 in the morning (which was afternoon in Korean time) to cheer for my favorites. However, it was a really fun time while it lasted. When many people share the same interest or passion that you have, it really makes everything not only fun, but also very interactive. I feel like fans (of whatever) may have some sort of negative view for being too obsessive but this is definitely not always the case. Do what you enjoy!