Kyla’s presentation on Monday got me thinking about Fanfiction and my own experiences with it. I originally started reading Harry Potter fanfic, then transferred over to Twilight (Yes, I am ashamed), and have since read fanfic in a lot of different fandoms. I dabble.
However, my heart always goes back to those one or two Harry Potter fanfictions that I really loved a few years ago. Every once in a while I’ll be hit with nostalgia, I’ll log back into the site to reread this treasured tome from my youth, and then I’ll remember. “This story hasn’t been updated in 2 years. The author has been notified by email.” I look at the last updated date: “05/24/2009.” A single tear rolls down my cheek, and I turn and yell at the sky (metaphorically; a lot of times this phenomenon happens in public places where getting upset at an unfinished fanwork would result in mocking).
And that’s why I’m so excited about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out this year, in addition to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Finally! New material! I have this hope that all the new material will rejuvenate the fiction writers of old. Perhaps seeing a new movie will excite them once again. Maybe, just maybe, my favorite fanfic authors will finally update my favorite fanfics.
One can only hope, right?