Harry Potter is at the top of my favourite Fandoms. This is because I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t a fan of Harry Potter. Harry Potter has always been an escape for me from my complicated family life to being bullied. I’ve become the ‘Harry Potter’ friend and most days I’ll be wearing Harry Potter merchandise. I’ve been to the Harry Potter studio tour twice and both times were equally magical in their own ways. I’ve learnt so much from the books from friendship to how to cope with grief. I owe this fandom a lot it got me through being bullied in primary school and helped me find a love of reading at a young age.
This is one of the newer fandoms I’ve been in. I’ve never felt so much love and support from a fandom I’ve only been in for two years (Three years in August!!). It has really helped me with my mental health especially Jared’s Always Keep Fighting Campaigns. I’ve never felt judged in this fandom, I started watching Supernatural just after I had my mental breakdown after I finish school. A friend kept recommending it to me and as I had shut a lot of people out of my life and I ended up spending a lot of my time alone I decided to give it a shot. I have to say it was the best thing I did, it helped me communicate more with friends who watched Supernatural, people online who were also fans of the show and later on down the line recommend it to new friends I made at college. This show got me out of a mental slump that I had created and caused for myself and really brought me back to myself and actually more so and has helped me understand so much more about myself.
This fandom I got into in 2005 when the new version started. I got into Doctor Who because of my uncle. I really looked up to him and I used to stay at my granny’s all the time so on Saturdays we would go to his room and watch Doctor Who and eat a piece of cake before bed and I loved it. Although I am now more into Doctor Who than he is which makes me a little sad because it was something we used to enjoy together and now I enjoy it alone but for a brief time my cousins also watched it with me. This show really was all about family for me, I only started watching because my uncle had grown up watching it when he was younger and wanted to watch the new doctor who in 2005. I have to say that my knowledge of doctor who has barely scratched the surface as the fandom really is bigger on the inside, spinoffs, comics, books, the pre 2005 era doctor who, the magazines, podcasts, it really is hard to keep up with it all. I now watch doctor who on a Sunday with my mum as she works Saturday nights she we record it to watch together on a Sunday so even now it is still a family fandom for me but also loads of my friends watch it too which is nice to share thoughts etc.
This was another one of those shows I found on a Saturday while at my granny’s look for something interesting to watch on the only four channels that were available on the television upstairs. I remember just watching it because I couldn’t find anything else and falling in love with the fantasy and magic that is the show but not to mention the essence of the show. The bromance between Merlin and Arthur (but also with Colin and Bradley), The complexity of Morgana, Anthony Head (I don’t think it needs much explanation, he’s a brilliant actor and I loved him as Giles in Buffy), GWAINE, That hair, John Hurt as the dragon, Gaius I love this character so much. There are so many characters and actors that I instantly fell in love with or re fell in love with if I had seen them on other things before. One of my best friends and I absolutely loved the show and we still fangirl over silly things like Gwaine’s hair or Colin’s cheekbones!!
OUAT (Once Upon A Time)
I’m only just getting into this fandom, I think I’m mid way through season 2 so I can’t say I’m a major fan or a number 1 fan of everyone. However I do feel like I have formed a strong connection with this show. The characters mean something to me, I am always engaged in the story, and the props and sets always look amazing and what more could you want from a TV show really? I like that it teaches you something as well as you’re watching even if you don’t realise it yourself. I find myself amazed at how classic fairy tales are given twists and turned into everyday people, I never expected myself to be hanging at the end of my chair each episode, the characters aren’t as predictable as you may think they are which I love. There is also two sides to each character to and even though they may act evil that they aren’t always or they didn’t start out to be. I love this show and can’t wait to learn more about it and the characters.