Since 1999, Proma has been “the Harry Potter girl” in every social setting she touches. She started going to annual conventions with Lumos in 2006, and joined the volunteer staff of LeakyCon in 2012. After three years as a volunteer coordinator with the dream team from hell (Hannah Hosking and Olivia Dolphin), Proma moved to social media and creative.
She now attends LeakyCon as a guest and speaker, part of the LeakyCon brain trust that advises about convention details in the planning stage. She has interviewed Harry Potter actors like Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Stan Yanevski (Viktor Krum), as well as moderated panels between authors and creators within the fandom and her favorite band, Harry and the Potters.
AS OF 2020: Yeah, it's a weird time to be the Harry Potter girl. J.K. Rowling has made it clear that she harbors harmful transphobic views and I no longer support her. To be clear, this is not "cancel culture" — this is an individual who has been given second, third, fourth, infinite chances, and proven time and time again that she does not want to hear anything that conflicts with her own views.
What does that mean as a Harry Potter fan? We're working on it. Critical fandom is something we've been exploring for years and will keep up in fan spaces and conventions. The best merch has always been fan created so I'll keep putting my money there. And the message of this fandom has always been that love is stronger than hate and we welcome everyone. That's what I'm holding on to now, even when I need space from the damaging things The Author said in 2020. It's a start.
photo by Cheri Root
I joined Mike Schubert on Potterless to yell and groan about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We don't like it! Listen here (it's a two-parter).