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Self-proclaimed 'world's biggest Harry Potter fan' spent more than $13k on merchandise

How ‘Harry Potter’ helped this fangirl’s battle with depression

When does a fan become a superfan?

Each year, thousands of fans across the globe attend conventions where they dress up as a character from their favorite series and come face-to-face with the actors who bring those characters to life. For some, fandom is a way to connect with others who share a similar interest. For others, it helps them overcome personal demons.

Jade, a Harry Potter superfan, was reduced to tears when she met Tom Felton, the actor who portrayed Draco Malfoy in the series. For her, the series was an escape from reality. She credits Harry Potter in helping her make a change to seek help for depression. One of the major underlying themes of the books is Harry Potter’s struggle with loss. The dementors represent depression.

Tom Felton traveled throughout the U.K. and U.S. to understand the world of fandom. Watch all four parts of Superfans! A Tom Felton Documentary here.

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