OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Jackson Bird

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Jackson Bird is the Director of Wizard-Muggle Relations for the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a nonprofit that activates fan communities towards social action. When not defending the rights of wizards and muggles alike, Jackson produces videos about identity, social action, and what happens when you put tacos on a waffle iron.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

I got into fandom and fanworks long before I had a name for what I was doing. I joined the Royal Club of Oz in fourth grade after devouring all of the original L. Frank Baum books and spent a good part of my time doodling Bailey School Kid monsters. A few years later, I discovered Harry Potter fansites and it just grew from there. I read fanfiction, listened to podcasts and wizard rock, and eventually — many years later — discovered the Harry Potter Alliance.

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International Fanworks Day

It’s International Fanworks Day 2017

As our previous post announced the OTW is sponsoring a variety of activities celebrating International Fanworks Day (IFD) today. Please check that post for details!

We’re also hosting a 30-hour party in the OTW’s Public Discussion chatroom from 23:00 UTC 14 February until 05:00 UTC 16 February. Join us to take part in games, or chat and share fanworks with fellow fans. All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone

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