The crew at Leaky/Pottercast has outdone themselves. Today on the Harry Potter(HP) fan site, The Leaky Cauldron, webmistress Melissa Anelli posted a story announcing the Pottercast Summer of 7 Tour. All I can say is...wow. For Harry Potter fans, this will truly be a summer to remember.
For those of you who have never heard of Pottercast, let me explain. On August 22, 2005, hot on the heels of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince's release, the Leaky Cauldron launched their first HP podcast. What began as a unique way to interact with fans, quickly turned into a phenomenon. Pottercast is now on its 88th episode and I don't know what I would do without my weekly dose of Potter.
The show's strongest attribute is its co-hosts: Melissa Anelli, John Noe, and Sue Upton. Within a few episodes you will know each one by their voice...and better yet, their personality. Their chemistry together is amazing and really creates a show that is both fun and informative at the same time. As cheesy as it may sound, listeners will feel as if they have made 3 new friends despite having never even met them (for those who haven't been to a live show that is).
The show is divided up into many segments that deal with all things Potter. From fan interviews to tackling the most difficult conundrums, Pottercast does it all. Fans across the country...and even the world have grown to love this weekly podcast.
As the show grew in popularity, the trio at Pottercast took the show to new heights. In November of 2005, Pottercast teamed up with Mugglecast (Mugglenet's own HP podcast) to host a live show in New York City. The show was a huge success and thus, the podcast decided to do more live shows. As of today, Pottercast has held live events in New York, Salem, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and even London, England.
With both the movie and book releases fast approaching, Pottercast decided to up the ante and make this an even bigger summer for Potter fans. The Pottercast Summer of 7 Tour will feature visits around 20 cities and 23 live podcasts...all leading up to grand release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on July 21, 2007.
These podcasters are devoting months of their lives for HP fans...and all of it is free; both the weekly podcasts and the live-shows are completely free of charge! It is quite fascinating to realize that these people have lives and full-time jobs in addition to the podcast and the website. Their time, energy, and effort is given because of their love for the fans and HP.
We have J.K. Rowling to thank for the fantastic world of HP, but we have this podcast to thank for assisting in the creation of a fandom that could rival Star Wars anyday. To Melissa, John, and Sue (and all of the others that contribute in the making of this podcast)...thank you for your hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the HP fandom.