In my last post, I held up fan shrine sites as an example of the interactive and viral power of the web, and how it can help build/ crush a person/ subject/ brand (you name it!). So, for this bout of webwatching, I thought I’ll unearth some exquisite fan sites that caught my eyes.
Mention Harry Potter fan sites, and the venerable LeakyNews (aka Leaky Cauldron) and MuggleNet will invariably come up. But did you know that besides these two authorities, the web is simply teeming with sites devoted to the book series, the movie, its characters and even actors/ actresses?
The-Portkey.com, like many other fan sites feature discussions on the books, movies, fun and games, downloadable stuff, besides the usual newsy links and articles on all thing Harry. But me, I just love the lay-out changer.
Besides the lead actors, Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson, who both have enormous fan support, one of the newest character who will be pushed to prominence in the next movie, Order of the Phoenix, is Luna Lovegood, played by Irish lass Evanna Lynch. She really personifies brighteyed Luna’s dreamy personality. No wonder its Irish webmaster/founder built this site in tribute to her. There’s quite a bit of fun stuff to do here: quizzes, contests and the usual downloadable goodies.
Amongst all the fansites, SnitchSeeker caught my eye with its Quidditch themed lay-out. Of course, there’s fan art, fan fiction, and other resources (news, lexicon, editorials) to help while away your time here.
But that’s not all! A tribute to the interactive and community nature of the web, these fanfiction and RPG (role-playing) sites are some of the stickiest and sure did a lot unite fans of the series.
Such as Hogwarts Extreme, a RPG site launched in, 2001 for HP fans to have a fun, safe, environment to interact in. The site boasts over 20,000 members — impressive.
That’s just about right for you to start off, and mind you, this is only the tip of the iceberg. I’ve only highlighted a few who caught my eye.
Next webwatch, I’ll show you some anime/manga fan sites.