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Playing Harry Potter

Essays and Interviews on Fandom and Performance

Lisa S. Brenner (editor)

ISBN: 9780786496570

Publication Date: Jul 2015

Format: Paperback

Through classroom activities, wizard rock concerts and organizations like the Harry Potter Alliance, Harry Potter fans are using creativity to positively impact the world. This collection of essays and interviews examines how playful fandom not only re-imagines the canon but also challenges consumerism, questions notions of identity and fosters participatory culture.
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Through classroom activities, wizard rock concerts and organizations like the Harry Potter Alliance, Harry Potter fans are using creativity to positively impact the world. This collection of essays and interviews examines how playful fandom - from fanfiction to Muggle quidditch, cosplay, role-playing games and even Harry Potter burlesque - not only re-imagines the canon but also challenges consumerism, questions notions of identity and fosters participatory culture.

The contributors explore issues applicable to fan studies and performance studies at large, such as the role of performance, the nature of community, and questions of representation and ownership in the digital age. Presented in three sections, the essays discuss discrepancies between sanctioned versions of Harry Potter and fan creations, the reenactment and reinterpretation of the original narrative in fan performance, and collaborative and participatory performances that break down the boundaries between actors and audiences.
Illustrations 13 photographs and illustrations
Pages 248
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2015
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Popular culture   Fiction   Hobbies, quizzes & games  
Lisa S. Brenner is the Co-Editor of Theatre Topics and an associate professor of theatre at Drew University, where she received the 2013 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching and the 2009 Faculty Leadership Award for Civic Engagement. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, USA.

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