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Harry Potter, Still Recruiting is a fantastic resource for those new to the fandom and a great read for more seasoned witches and wizards who just want to spend an afternoon nerding out on the sofa. -The 100 Books Project

The book covers the rise and failure to fall of the many aspects of the Harry Potter craze, from Wizard rock to annual Quidditch events to philanthropic works of organizations like the Harry Potter Alliance. Expect to find interviews and essays from the creators of Harry Potter crafts, costumes, events, and more. -Hogwarts Radio

About the Author

Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine's Journey in Myth and Legend and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey (McFarland 2010, 2012). Her next book from McFarland will be Teaching with Harry Potter, an anthology by teachers and professors in all disciplines. Once a lecturer at San Jose State University, she's a frequent speaker on fantasy, myth, and pop culture with fans of all ages. Her parody, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock, was winner of the Indie Excellence Award and was a USA Book News National Best Book. Along with its sequel, Henry Potty and the Deathly Paper Shortage, it's been featured by US News and World Report, radio shows, and Potter fan sites from Turkey to Sweden. Learn more at HarryPotterParody.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Zossima Press (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936294176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936294176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,176,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty parodies. She's the author of many books on pop culture, including Doctor Who - The What, Where, and How, History, Sherlock: Every Canon Reference You May Have Missed in BBC's Series 1-3, Homages and the Highlands: An Outlander Guide, and How Game of Thrones Will End. Many of her books focus on women's roles in fiction, from her heroine's journey guides From Girl to Goddess and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey to books like Women in Game of Thrones and The Many Faces of Katniss Everdeen. Once a lecturer at San Jose State University, she's a frequent speaker at conferences. Come explore her research at www.vefrankel.com.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Way_Moby on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the Harry Potter book I've been waiting for! A critical examination of the Potter fandom, including reviews with some of the fandoms coolest people, like all those members of the wizard rock bands!! That is so awesome! This is a must read for any Potterphile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2012
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Getting to review Valerie Frankel's "Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom" was an absolute treat for me. I've been a huge HP fan for a very long time. But my involvement in any fandom has taken a seat on the back burner since the birth of my first child.

Reviewing "Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom" gave me a chance to see it through a fresh set of eyes.

Nothing could have prepared me for this book or the emotions it was going to bring with it.

A quick look through the table of contents tells you that this was a book that was taken seriously. Reading it you quickly learn that this was a book that was taken seriously by a fan and not just an author cashing in on a franchise.

That is what makes this book different.

Interviewing Cornelia Remi, the author of the Harry Potter bibliography Valerie Frankel calls it the "the best resource around"(P.109) and "a godsend for scholars." (P.110)
If those statements are to ring true [and I believe they do] then it's also fair to say that Valerie Frankel's book " Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom"is the go to model for writing about a fandom. It is also the [only] book for understanding [or finding your way in] the fandom.

If you're looking for a light and fluffy [i.e mindless] read, this book is not it.
Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom is a book full of heart and soul. It captures all those feelings that Harry Potter brings out in all of us and literally brought tears to my eyes as I remembered just how much this fandom means to me. It showed me how much I miss it, not having/making as much time for the magic of Harry and Hogwarts.
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