I'm knitting a pair of socks. The pattern, Bellatrix (you'll need a Ravelry login to access the link), was inspired and designed in honor of Bellatrix Lestrange, a perfectly evil character from the Harry Potter novels. The plan is to have the socks finished and on my legs by the time I'm at the midnight showing of the new Harry Potter movie next week. Not only will I be wearing the socks, but I'll be in costume as Bellatrix.
Here's the thing - I'm not really a fan of the HP books.
I read the first one a couple years after it came out. My first reaction was, "That has potential." I was later told the series got better, so I read the next couple books. Yeah, they got a little better, but I still was left wondering why there was such a rabid fan base. I didn't think the ideas were fresh, nor did I think the books were wonderfully written. Still, people were shouting the praises of the series. (It's that same bit of wonderment I have over the fans of Jordan's Wheel of Time series.) The completist in me finished the series and I was left with a feeling of "Eh, it was a bit of fluff that entertained me for a bit."
So why am I succumbing to Harry Potter madness complete with costuming and midnight releases?
I'ma fan of what the books have inspired in people.
Every time a book came out, I'd watch the news as adults and kids alike would wait in lengthy lines at bookstores to get the book as soon as physically possible. It's cool to see that excitement in people.
I've always been a fan of costuming. So the sudden explosion of people putting together their school robes, hand-crafting magic wands, and knitting house scarves, completely tickled me.
Wizard Rock boggles my mind. Last year I did the nerdiest thing I may ever do in my lifetime; I attended a Wizard Rock festival in Brooklyn. Even after witnessing a full day of close to 20 bands singing HP themed songs, I'm still amazed by the music scene. Not every band was great, but many were good, and all shared a passion that was hard to resist.
I'ma sucker for people with passion.