This Week in Fandom, Volume 32

There is bittersweet news in the wake of Leonard Cohen’s death on November 7th. For the first time ever, Cohen’s recording of Hallelujah, his most well known song, has made it to the US Billboard Top 100. It’s currently ranked at number 59. Since Cohen’s death, the song has charted around the world, reaching number one in both France and New Zealand, and number two in Switzerland. You can listen to the song on the LeonardCohenVIVO YouTube channel.

The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie was released this past weekend. According to Forbes, it earned US$218.3 million worldwide during its opening weekend. But despite the financial success, fan reaction to the continued expansion of the Potterverse has been mixed. Alanna Bennett wrote a think piece for Buzzfeed about how “The Harry Potter fandom is at a crossroads” with regards to whether it will embrace the new content. The article explains how the fandom of the early 2000s “took what the books had given them and spun it out in all directions, creating sprawling works centered on their favorite characters, pairings, theories, everything. Some of it was silly and light; some of it was dark, or romantic, or twisted, or sweet, or funny, or cerebral.” Because of this, “the Potter fandom has crafted a legacy of engagement and creativity that the series’ modern canonical efforts are struggling to live up to,” especially with issues of representation, and “the exhaustion has already set in, with four more movies and countless Pottermore entries to go.”

What are your thoughts on the extended Potterverse? Will you be seeing the new Fantastic Beasts movie? Let us know in the comments!

In other news, a study has shown that fans often spend more money during the holiday season than other consumers. A press release from Fandom Powered by Wikia, posted on PRNewswire, explains that the 2016 Holiday Shopping Study found that users on (not to be confused with, which redirects to the OTW’s main website), “which represent the most engaged fan demographic, spend almost [US]$150 more on holiday gifts than the average U.S. shopper, including [US]$87 more on gifts for kids.” Also, “more than half of Fandom[.com] users shop on Black Friday and spend 36 percent more than the average U.S. shopper.”

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