I've been a fan of JK Rowling's Harry Potter (HP) series ever since I watched the first movie. Yes, yes. I was one of those who liked the book AFTER watching the film. It was just that, at that time, I was only receiving allowances from my parents and to buy a book, and a series at that, was, well, too much on my pocket. BUT after enjoying the movie immensely, I bought the first four books that were already published. I wasn't able to buy the book set but I think I still was able to save since just after a few months from the time I was able to complete the first four books, the prices increased, although there was now a book set that was being offered.
Becoming so much of a fan, I even bought a ticket of sorts to reserve one of the first copies of the then upcoming fifth book, The Order of the Phoenix. I had my mom accompany me to the bookstore on the first weekend that the fifth book was on sale and I was able to read it through the night, and was on the verge of falling asleep during the last chapter of the book. I slept for an hour (I think it was already around 4AM), woke up, took a bath, continued reading the last chapter, then went to school. Oh yes. I was able to operate with only an hour of sleep.
The sixth book I bought on the first day it was released here. The last book I was able to buy around 2 days after it was released here, borrowing half of the price from my mom, promising her that I'd pay her back when my pay arrives.
Reading the books and buying them in their hard bound forms were not enough. I was able to join up RPG journal-based games, forming online friends that I talk to during my afternoons and during their wee hours in the morning. I was too hooked. I liked playing one of the Patil twins, Padma to be exact, as she wasn't as formed a character as her twin. Little was known about her so I pretty much made up her personality and history. I then delved on to the Marauders era, playing the mother of Pansy Parkinson (which I wasn't able to play as much since I was working already by that time). Until I was slowly eased out of the gaming scene. Which I sorely miss.
I also always browsed HP related websites, several of which are The Harry Potter Lexicon, Mugglenet, The Leaky Cauldron, and a lot more. I also frequently visit FanFictionNet for my daily dose of yes, fanfiction, an alternate universe to the canon, or well, canonverse but different pairings, a continuation of a book, etc. I myself even wrote a couple of HP fanfiction just to ease the boredom while waiting for the next installment during college.
All of those dwindled down to almost a stop when I started working. I still read some fanfiction, but I mostly waited for the films so that I can watch them with my HP movie friends. I still kept in touch with some of my online friends thru various social networks but I was forever missing chatting live with them like when we did scenes for the game.
And then last week, I stumbled upon a fanfic from an author's page whose story I was waiting an update for. I became intrigued with the idea of Hermione and Sirius thru a time travel fic and viola! I missed them! Especially when Hermione became the twin to Lily Evans. I miss Harry, and Hermione, and Ron, and my Patil twins, and Michael Corner, and Anthony Goldstein, even Luna Lovegood, and Su Li, and the Weasley twins... Yes. I'm quite partial to Ravenclaws.
So now, what I'm going to do is to search fanfiction for a new story to nibble on to quelch my HP desire a bit before the last movie comes out...