What Does It Mean to Be an O.G. Harry Potter Fan?

Hey Brunchers! So I had the most amazing weekend where Jules and I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood this weekend! Woah – that name is a mouthful, so lets just call it Harry Potter Land West – k? K!

HARRY POTTER LAND WEST

This had me thinking… In this world of book-tubers just now reading Harry Potter – what does it mean to be an OG Harry Potter reader? Some people call us the Harry Potter Generation and I know that many of my readers are around my age so I am hoping I have some company with this one. (BTW OG = Original Gangster -> basically we are old now)

A little back story – I am currently 27 years old and started reading Harry Potter back in 1999 when Chamber of Secrets came out. I read Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber back to back then had to wait for Prisoner of Azkaban and wait and wait and wait for everything after that. This was all in the days before Facebook, Twitter or YouTube – definitely no #shelfies back then.

So What Does Being an OG Harry Potter Means to Me?:

At 27 years old I own a wand, a Slytherin robe and sweater. I sometimes get weird looks at the Parks but those people have no idea the journey I went on with these books. When I see my fellow OGHP’s decked out and there is an unspoken bond that we all battled and fought together at Hogwarts and we are proud of it.

Knockturn alley

I learned basic HTML coding making fan-sites in the early 2000’s. Like I said – no social media back then. The one online source we did have were basic HTML fan pages started by 12 year old kids which ended up becoming sites like Muggle Net and the Leaky Caldron. Yes we were the creators back then (oh and still are today!) These were the glory days of geocities and anglefire. But who would have thought building your own common rooms would teach us coding! Do you remember geocities?

We had no clue how to say Hermione for like ever! We read the books before the movies were even a thought, and we had no clue how to pronounce any of the names. A bunch of 12 year old American kids trying to figure out how to say Hermione was something to behold. I think the trailer came out and we all said – oh thats what it was…

We waited and waited and waited. The biggest marking of the OG Harry Potter fan is that we had to wait. There was no binge book reading and no next book to start right after finsihing. We had to wait and deliberate on what we thought was going to happen next. Who was good – who was bad? We had to wait. I shared some of my older crazier theories here. The new generation of readers has some idea of what was going to happen or they can just head strait to the next book. I think the unique thing for us was the global pause – no one knew more than you did and it was kind of awesome. You do not want to know how many times I tried to dissect that prophecy – good lawd. I think I drove my mom nuts wanting to talk about the books but that was the entire generation.

Inside your head

Now, people get touchy when we talk about the “Harry Potter Generation” or being an OGHP Fan as I like to say but I want to make it clear that being a Harry Potter Fan has nothing to do with the above. A large and passionate group of us were truly fortunate to literally age up with Harry Potter. Are we better than any other fan? Who know… Probably some of us are and some of us definitely aren’t. But what I will say is that we were lucky. The last Harry Potter book came out the summer I graduated from High School and the last film right after I graduated from college – this was my entire childhood and led me into adulthood. I was one of the lucky ones! That’s probably what being an OG Harry Potter fan really means is that we were lucky!

HOGWARTS LETTER

 


  • Mariah Kaercher

    I identify with this on so many levels! I have some friends just starting to read the books, but I read the books way back in the 90’s and I had to actually wait for them to be released!

    • OMG it was special moment that I am so glad we had – now we just have to wait for Cursed Child – were Harry becomes old like us lol

  • This post is so relatable for me! I’m the same age as you AND I started reading around the same time as you, by the sound of it. I remember waiting in line for the release of Prisoner of Azkaban and reading it in two, three days tops! Did you ever hang out on the Harry Potter message boards? I used to have so much fun writing fanfic and creating signatures:P I can’t for the life of me remember what site that was, but it was so much fun when I was a kiddo (and still would be today)! And I remember learning how Hermione’s name was pronounced when she was trying to teach Viktor Krum how to say it at the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire<3 Anyway, I'm glad you're proud to be an OG HP fan. We really did go through so many with Harry and the rest of them, and I think that's something epic!

    • Ah I didn’t even know about the message boards… I was all about the geocities lol!! Love the OGHP love!!

  • Kay

    YES YES YES. I am also this same age, and this entire post is my HP experience. The waiting for each book…the websites…YES. And most definitely having ZERO clue how to pronounce Hermione’s name!

    • OMG what I would do for some screenshots of those sites… the original java scripts and terrible graphics – I miss it so much!!

      • Kay

        Right?! Geocities was my jam…so many Sailor Moon fan sites I created ahaha!

  • Emma

    Haha, this is brilliant. We must have been born in the same year because my experience with HP has pretty much been the same as yours. People don’t understand how a 27 could be so obsessed with a children’s story – what they don’t understand is that I LIVED Harry Potter, I can’t let go of it now.

    Also – the Hermione spelling issue, so know what you mean. I always ended up calling her H..

    • I feel you!!! It happens all the time – people even ask my mom why I like them so much and she is like Mal grew up with Harry Potter LITERALLY!! Glad to know I have some fellow OGHPers here in the blogosphere!!

  • Danielle Knapp

    I’m actually so jealous of you OG HP fans. I’m of the right age (31), but just had zero clue about the books until I was in college and then never ended up reading them until last year. I do absolutely love love love the series to my core, but it does make me sad I missed out on growing up with it. Great post :)

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  • Man, the wait in between books felt like an eternity at that age. Although waiting on the installments in the ASOIAF series makes me wish for the days waiting between HP books.

    • Right!! Our buddy George needs to talk to JK about keeping the time table moving… 2 year top wait

  • Oh yes….the wait. Lol. And when the books finally came out, goodbye outside world for a couple days.

    • OMG when the Deathly Hallows came out I was a lifeguard and they shut our pool down for 2 days because EVERYONE was reading it… Like every kid and off duty guard were reading non stop – oh the memories…