Harry Potter for Grownups


How old do you have to be to join?
We don't have a minimum age limit. However, many teens and pre-teens may not find these discussions of interest, or may be comfortable with a club geared toward their own age group. Keep in mind that:

If this sounds like what you're looking for, we'd be more than happy to have you join us. If you are still uncertain, click here to go to our home page. From there, you can look over a few days' worth of posts. This may mean a few hundred messages, but should give you a clearer idea of what we're all about, and whether or not it's for you.

Are you trying to have the Harry Potter books banned?
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! We are, in fact, some of his biggest fans. Several of our members:

What do you do in this club?
Mostly discuss the books, as well as other aspects of the Harry Potter phenomenon. We don't role play, or sort our members into houses or anything of that nature. Occasionally, however, a member will come up with a low-key activity, such as a round-robin fanfiction, or riddles or puzzles for the rest of us to solve.

Do you have any kind of scheduled discussions?
Yes! Until the end of March, 2001, we will discuss one Goblet of Fire chapter a week, as well as a specific character from the Harry Potter series. For more information, click here for the schedule of each week's chapters and characters.

Do you have live chats in this club?
Yes, our offical time is Sundays from 3:00-6:00 PM, EST. However, our chat room is always available, if you feel like chatting outside that time frame. To access it, go to our home page, and click the "Chat" link on the left side of the page.

All right already! How do I join?
  1. Click on the "Join eGroups" button at the bottom of this page. This will take you to our subscription page.
  2. Click on the "Subscribe" link on the upper, right hand side of the page.
  3. From there, you will be given three options for receiving the list's messages (if you are not an eGroups member, or are not logged in, you will first be taken through the relatively painless process of registering or signing in). Choose from these options, and click on the "Subscribe" button below.
    • Individual e-mail - Each message is sent to you individually. The best option for up-to-the-minute messages into your e-mail box.
    • Digest - You will receive your messages put together into one digest per day, or per 25 messages (whichever comes first).
    • No Mail/Web Only - You will not receive any of our messages in your e-mail box, but can still read and post to the message-board style archives at eGroups.
  4. You're in! You will receive a confirmation e-mail almost immediately, introducing you to the club.

What do these strange initials and symbols mean?
Like most message boards, this one does have some commonly used shorthand. Some of these initials are specific to Harry Potter; others are common to message boards in general. Click here for a guide to the most frequently used ones.

This club sounds great. But I do have a few more questions before I commit myself. Who can I ask?
Great! We're glad you're still interested. Just drop us an e-mail with your questions, and we'll be happy to answer them any way we can.

Netiquette tips

When you've joined Harry Potter For Grownups, we ask that you please observe the following Netiquette:

Read a few days' worth of messages before posting your own
You can do this either by "lurking" (reading messages, but not writing them) for a few days, or by going back through the most recent messages (a daunting task, I know, with such an active group). This way, you'll get a "feel" for the group, and you can make sure you're not repeating something that has recently been posted by someone else.

Keep your posts on topic
In such a large and active group, it's easy to let discussions go off on tangents. If a couple of you find something in common other than Harry Potter, wonderful! Getting to know people is, perhaps, the best thing about clubs. But if you find your discussion getting away from the main point of the club, please continue it off-list.

Keep the subject line relevant to the content of the post
Message board conversations, like "real life" ones, will often drift from one subject to another. But unlike real life conversations, message board ones have subject lines to tell what to expect within a message. If that subject line does not change to fit the direction of the conversation, it can frustrate the reader. When replying to a message, please take the time to check the subject line and make sure it still matches your post.

For example, if the subject line says: "RE: Who's going to die in the next book?", and the topic has segued into a character matchmaking debate (with no mention of death), that's the time to change the subject line!

Take the time to proofread your posts
If you're used to forums where speed is important (chat rooms, role playing games, etc.), it's easy to fall out of the habit of proofreading. Here, however, your post will be as relevant in five minutes (or, usually, even in five hours) as it is now. Please take a few minutes to look over your post, and correct any typos, spelling errors, or problems with sentence structure or capitalization. This will make it much easier to read, and show respect both for your readers and your post itself. We want to understand what you have to say, and so, we'd prefer if you avoid typing in all lower case (it's hard to read). We'd also prefer if you use punctuation at the end of sentences, put some white space around quoted material that you are responding to (and indicate it's a quote), and proof your posts before you hit the send button.

Be considerate of other members' feelings
If you disagree with someone's message, no matter how strongly, remember to respect the other person's right to their own opinion. If you do wish to refute the post, do so gently, by building up your own case, rather than knocking down the other person's. And never attack your fellow club members (name calling, personal remarks, etc).

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Schedule of weekly chapter and character discussions

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