‘Harry Potter’ Turns 20: Who Are the Series’ Superfans?

Lawrence Yee
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Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

Superfans of the series know that J.K. Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (not Sorcerer’s) was published twenty years ago this June.

Six books followed, along with an eight-feature film franchise (excluding Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), theme parks, a stage production, and more.

Harry Potter fans, affectionately dubbed Potterheads, number in the millions worldwide — reading books, watching films, and engaging online on FANDOM’s Harry Potter pages. FANDOM’s 569 Harry Potter communities have generated 1.3 billion views. What knowledge are these fans seeking?

Harry Potter Infographic


The top three pages belong to characters, led of course by Harry Potter himself. Coming in second is his nemesis, Tom Riddle aka Lord Voldemort. Rounding out the top three is Hermione Granger, Harry’s close friend and fellow wizard. Ron Weasley isn’t among the top five pages; No. 4 is horcrux, and No. 5 is the list of spells, including the disarming Expelliarmus to the deadly Avada Kedavra.

And who are these fans? FANDOM takes a closer look.

The majority are female (61%) and fall within 18-34 (51%), but younger and older fans alike love Harry Potter.

They are 72% more likely to own home security systems, which makes sense as Harry’s parents lost their lives during a home invasion and Hogwarts was constantly under attack by Death Eaters. Sadly, animated suits of armor only exist in the Potter Universe, but what a deterrent they would make!

Given all the relationships in Harry Potter, which include the aforementioned Hermione and Ron, and Harry and Ginny Weasley, Potter fans are hopeless romantics, enjoying shows like Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother. Of course, not all relationships work out, i.e. Severus Snape’s unrequited love for Lily Potter, but there’s always hope!

Check out more fun facts and figures about Potter fans above.

Lawrence Yee
Lawrence is Editor in Chief of FANDOM. He grew up loving X-Men, Transformers, and Japanese-style role playing games like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. First-person shooters make him incredibly nauseous.
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