This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 55

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start… There are too many things to add here. Fandom is having a moment. Actually, several fandoms are having several moments. In no particular order, here are some of the highlights (and sad stories) that may have recently bombarded your social media feeds:

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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 54

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a shoutout to Fandom‘s blog for the best headline to come out of E3: ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Shows You Can Teach an Old Hat Magical New Tricks. You can watch the trailer for the game here on Nintendo’s YouTube channel. And while we’re talking trailers, check out new material from Spiderman: Homecoming.


It’s been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published. Wow. Mashable published an article about how technology grew along with the series, allowing the fandom to grow and author JK Rowling to engage with it. Scroll.in also published a long article about the anniversary which sums up the series’ impact pretty well:

“What we celebrate on June 26 is more than a bestselling children’s book series, but what it has come to mean and developed into in the twenty years since 1997. The everlasting effects of the magic can be seen all around the muggle world, which will now forever pale in comparison to the wonderful wizarding world created by JK Rowling. Countless Potterheads are still waiting for an owl to fly in through a window with our letters from The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We won’t give up!”

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 52

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you hear that “stan” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary? As both a noun and a verb!


The big story of the week is the Wonder Woman movie and its success. It has a 93% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, it grossed US$103 million in the US on its opening weekend, plus US$125 million in other countries, which is a box office record for a female-directed film. I’m not even going to touch on what mainstream news outlets have to say about the movie, because the fans have it all covered.

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