Looking to the Future

•January 29, 2013 • 2 Comments

This is another page I’ve had sitting in queue for a while, and wanted to go ahead and post. It’s actually one of the Off Camera pages I’ve always most looked forward to. It takes a look at what life might have been like for the first days, weeks, and months after Voldemort’s fall:

Harry Potter Off Camera: The Aftermath

The extremes of emotions in those times are really appealing from an artistic perspective, and the artwork absolutely lives up to them. So I hope you enjoy!

Harry Potter Off Camera: Growing Up

•January 27, 2013 • 2 Comments

Well I couldn’t make a post like that last one without at least adding *something* to the site, could I? :)

So I thought I’d continue the “Harry Potter Off Camera” series. I’d already published a collection of drawings from the Marauder era (up through Harry’s birth) and the Potter family (from Harry’s birth through his parents’ death). But this left a gaping hole – where can we see artists’ interpretations of the years of Harry’s childhood? Here’s your answer:

Harry Potter Off Camera: Growing Up

This completes the “Before the Books” section of Off Camera; I’d wanted to do a series on the pre-Marauder era as well (Voldemort and McGonagall growing up, for instance) but there just isn’t enough material. Instead that can eventually be folded into the character pages.

Finally, a couple more quick site updates, too: I’ve closed most comment threads but set them to remain open on new posts and pages for 60 days, so you all will still have the ability to respond to new pages like this one. And I’ve also updated the FAQ to reflect more recent changes to the site.

Thanks as always for reading, and enjoy!

An update

•January 26, 2013 • 9 Comments

Well, hi there. :) It’s been a crazy long time since I’ve posted here, obviously. Thank you for checking in!

I want to be completely up front about where I am and the future of this site. I spent seven years immersed in the Harry Potter fandom (three as an editor at the Lexicon and four building the HPC), and it was an incredible experience – I met some wonderful people and experienced some some really cool things, and I will always treasure that. The folks who read and commented here were a huge part of that, and I thank you sincerely for it.

Once I finished the main project of this site, part of me always knew that I had completed what I’d once set out to do. It was a massive, massive project and one I’m quite proud of. I’ve also always known that I would want to keep this site active; I still strongly believe that this is one of the only fan sites around that was set up to exist in a post-fandom world. I still hope to update it from time to time, especially as new artwork is created that fits the stories. And I hope that, as new generations grow up who love Harry Potter but never know what it was like to attend a midnight release party, some of them stumble upon this site and get a taste of that experience.

In the meantime, I’m going to keep the site active but disable comments. I hope it’s obvious that I thoroughly enjoyed the comment pages – the site received close to 10,000 comments and I loved the intelligent, thoughtful discussion that we enjoyed in them. But when I am inclined to stop by here, I’d much rather spend my time adding new artwork than diving into comment moderator mode.

Anyway, thank you all so much for participating in this with me. I hope you continue to enjoy it. You can always email me at john@hpcompanion.com. And I’ll still drop by on occasion. I promise. :)

Take care,

John

Updates: Philosopher’s Stone

•January 4, 2012 • 16 Comments

Happy new year! I’ve been on a bit of a roll this week, making lots of updates to the site. I start tech rehearsals at my theatre in a few days, so it will likely be short-lived, but I’m enjoying it while I go at least. :)

Among other things I’ve had a backlog of drawings that I’ve been saving to add to the site. These are drawings either that were done after I posted the chapters, or that I found later on in my search. But I’m excited to begin adding them, as I think they will really enhance the chapters I’m adding them to. So I began today with Philosopher’s Stone, and the following pieces:

Enjoy!

Harry Potter Off Camera: The Potter Family

•December 31, 2011 • 1 Comment

I remember one day, a little over a year ago, when I was working on this site and it occurred to me that my son was almost exactly the same age Harry had been on the day James and Lily were killed. As a parent you’re always worried about the safety and future of your family, but that realization really made Harry’s story hit home for me in a new way.

My little boy is now almost two and a half, but our family otherwise looks much the same as the Potters once did. So it’s probably not surprising that the story that this new page tells is one that fascinates me – the sort of thing that makes me want to cry with joy and horror all at the same time. The Potter Family wasn’t a family for long, but they sure left their mark on the world.

Harry Potter Off Camera: The Potter Family

By the way, I appreciate the comments and e-mails I’ve gotten expressing folks’ excitement that I posted a new page again this week. Even as I’ve been updating less frequently recently, the site is still going strong (we’re over 3.5 million page views now), and I can’t thank you all enough. I’m sure I’ll still be in and out over time, but I’m no less determined to finish the projects I’ve started (and I have a new project or two that I’ve been mulling over for when they’re done, so we’ll see how that goes). So, thanks! It’s good to see you all again. :)

The Marauder Years

•December 28, 2011 • Comments Off

I think it’s high time for another new page, don’t you?

It always amazes me how much people love the Marauders – there is so much artwork, and fanfiction, and simple fascination with these characters and the era in which they grew up. I was never the type to think about them much, but I will confess to have enjoyed living in their world for a few days and building one of the most requested pages in the history of this website. Here it is:

Harry Potter Off Camera: The Marauder Years

I also need to welcome a new addition to our team of artists, Iria Abella!

I hope you’re all enjoying your holidays, and have a wonderful new year!

Pottermore

•September 27, 2011 • 33 Comments

From the looks of things, a whole lot of people have gotten access into Pottermore for the first time over the past couple of days. I’ve been exploring it thanks to a friend for a few weeks now, and got my own account this week – I’m a Ravenclaw, of course (anybody surprised?). My initial impression is that while it’s a fun site, and has some cool resemblances to this one, it’s not going to be a project that fundamentally affects anything that I do here. Which, I must admit, allows me a bit of a sigh of relief. :)
 

A couple of quick things for those who signed up for early access. First, a dear friend of mine is collecting data on the wand selection and Sorting processes, and for those who have already been Sorted, it would help her out greatly for you to fill out her anonymous survey. Please only do this if you’ve already been Sorted, so her results are meaningful! Here are the links:
Wand questions: tinyurl.com/wand-questions
Sorting questions: tinyurl.com/sort-hat-qs
 

Finally, if anybody is interested in being Pottermore friends, I’d love to see you there! Drop me a comment or an e-mail (john at hpcompanion dot com) with your screen name and your real name (or the name you use on this site) and I’ll send you a request.
 

In the meantime, I am indeed working on my next post for *this* site, which should be arriving soon! Take care….

 
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