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Apr. 26th, 2010 | 01:20 pm

The thesis was finished in January but was ultimately written in German. It may take a while but I will be publishing the main results here asap!

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Thank you!

Jul. 12th, 2009 | 12:02 am


Just a quick thank you to all of you who helped me with my research! Your answers to my questionnaire(s) are much appreciated.
I don't have much time right now updating my LJ since I'm busy writing my thesis (actually I'm not busy, I'm panicking, ha) but I will let you know about my results asap.

All the best,

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Jun. 15th, 2009 | 10:16 am


Long time no see, I know. After attending LeakyCon it took me some time to get all the work done I neglected during my trip to the US.

Now that I finally have time again to work on my research, I have a new question for you guys:

Can you think of any Harry Potter fan fictions that became very popular or even worked as the foundation for a specific kind of fanon, such as the Draco trilogy by Cassandra Claire?

Just send me a message or post a comment!

Thank you!


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Update on MA thesis on HP fan fiction

May. 9th, 2009 | 01:56 pm


With this message, I would like to thank all of you who answered my questionnaire at http://fanfiction.frontexperts.com (see the original message below) and have given me helpful feedback. Many of you who sent me emails with comments let me know that my questionnaire did not fully embrace your experience with fan fiction. Because a survey is a highly standardized research instrument, there was no way of avoiding this problem but I decided to broaden my research design according to the concerns conveyed to me. Thus, I would like to conduct a group discussion with fan fiction authors where they will have the opportunity to freely talk about their experience without being bound by narrow questions like in the survey.

Therefore, I am looking for Harry Potter fan fiction authors who will attend the LeakyCon 2009 from May 21st-24th in Boston and who would be willing to get together for an hour or two as a group to discuss their experience with me and the other fan fiction authors. As far as I can tell from the LeakyCon schedule, Saturday morning would probably work best to meet for the discussion. Also, it would give us a chance to get to know each other on Thursday or Friday. I will provide a space at the hotel where we will be undisturbed and make sure we have drinks and snacks. A group of 8-12 people would work best but if there are too few people for a group discussion, I would be happy to meet with any of you informally at LeakyCon to talk about your experience as a fan fiction author.

By participating in a group discussion, you would make an immense contribution to the quality and accuracy of my research. I am looking forward to meeting you in person and hearing about your life in Harry Potter fan fiction. If you want to participate please let me know until May 19th by replying to this email or at fanfictions@ gmx.net or petra.baumann@edu.uni-graz.at.

Thank you so much for your repeated help!

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Apr. 15th, 2009 | 01:43 pm
mood: excitedexcited

I want to thank all of the wonderful people who answered my questionnaire, commented, and/or emailed me with feedback. I'll try to get back to you all as soon as possible - but so many of you offered helpful comments that it will take me some time.

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Help with research on HP fan fiction

Apr. 10th, 2009 | 11:56 am

Dear Harry Potter fan fiction authors!

My name is Petra Baumann and I’m doing research for my master’s thesis in sociology on Harry Potter fan fiction at the University of Graz, Austria. As a sociologist, I am especially interested in the social background of fan fiction authors: where they come from, how old they are, etc. Through my research I found that the only data available about fan fiction writers  is that of early Star Trek fans, that is, middle-aged women writers from the United States. It seems likely that this information about the creators of fan fiction is out-of-date and inapplicable in today’s Harry Potter fan fiction community.
In order to get a more appropriate picture of Harry Potter fan fiction authors, I developed a short online questionnaire. If you are an author of Harry Potter fan fiction you would immensely help me with my research if you could answer this questionnaire at


The questions will take about 10 minutes to answer and there will be no spam or advertising when you click the link. The evaluation is done anonymously and the data will be used solely for academic research. If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire or my research please feel free to contact me at fanfictions[at]gmx.net.

Thank you!

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