Yes, you heard correctly, I used to write Harry Potter fan fiction. How old was I you may ask, at the budding age of 14. It was in 2005 when the 6th book of the series came out and the third movie as well. I had never read the books before until that year. I had a friend who was reading book 4 and another who was reading the new book 6. After reading a couple of pages of book 6 I was hooked. Towards the end of the year after finishing all the books of the series, two friends and I wanted to read more, it turned out, there was loads of fan fiction online. I came across one story on the http://www.harrypotterfanfiction.com website and the first story I read was a Draco and Hermione romance. Yes, to a lot of peoples horror, I became a Dramione fan – something about unforbidden love and opposites attract stood out to me. I wonder how many other fans are out there? I even read, if I can remember, oh yes, Oliver Wood / OC romances, and friends of mine read stories based in the Marauders period on Lily and James Potter and Sirius.
Then, at one point, after reading a lot of fan fiction – and I blame this activity for the reason why I need to wear glasses – I thought to myself, hey, I could write something like this too. So off I went on the Harry Potter train ride (figuratively speaking of course) and started writing fan fiction stories. This was the time I started taking my writing seriously and experimented with telling a story. I wrote 3 novellas (and to my horror they are still not finished) and one short story. It has nearly been 10 years since I first started writing Harry Potter fan fiction – do I still write them now? No, although, I still have that voice at the back of my mind saying, finish them, finish the novellas you started. But then I think about all the great work that I am doing now, how my writing has changed so much since my younger years. Writing fan fiction can be something embarrassing, a dark secret; but it was the first time I started practising writing on a daily basis, writing stories that I ‘published’ on websites and contributed to the fan base, something that I cared about. Because, I will admit, I’m part of the Harry Potter generation, and J. K. Rowling inspired me with her imagination. Whenever I sit and watch a Harry Potter movie, I always think, wow, someone actually came up with this story, and if it wasn’t for her, we would not have it. That’s what I want to do.
How many others are out there like me who started this way with online writing?