Many of you I’m sure remember “Emma Watson Empire”. For nine years it was one of the big Emma Watson sites until it suddenly closed in Spring 2011. EWE was a competitor of Emma-Watson.net, but still, it was a sad day when I found out it was gone.
You may also recall Thomas Sailer who joined EWE and within a few months progressed to be the site representative. He worked hard to keep the site active, organizing fan projects and updating the site. During his 6 years at EWE Thomas was also actively supporting Harry Potter fans, founding “Knightbus.org”, an HP link archive, and the ‘International Network of Harry Potter Websites’. Thomas has now released a book of his experiences with Emma Watson Empire and the HP Fandom and how it influenced his life.
Chronik eines Harry Potter Fans (Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan) is written in German. More information on the book and links to order the book through Amazon.de are on Thomas’ site.
The Austrian writer Thomas Sailer, a longstanding Harry Potter Fan, has published his third book “Chronik eines Harry Potter Fans“ (Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan) just a few days ago.
For many years, beginning in spring 2005, he was active in the virtual Harry Potter fan community: He started helping out on ‘Emma Watson Empire’ and advanced, from a normal site visitor, to the site’s representative just within a few months.
Two years later he founded the Knight Bus, world’s most likely biggest Harry Potter link archive. And finally, he started an organisation called ‘The international network of Harry Potter Websites’: His attempt to get the worldwide fandom to collaborate and to keep it in one piece after the release of the final Harry Potter movie.
In this book he talks about his activities and inducements, as well as the influence which the Harry Potter story had on his life.