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Victoria Maclean at her desk

Potterhead Makes World Record with JK Rowling Merch

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Are you a BIG Harry Potter fan? Maybe you thought you could beat superfan Menahem Asher Silva Vargas of Mexico who collected over 3,092 items of Harry Potter memorabilia out of the Guinness World Records?

Well, they added the Wizarding World Collection world record – a record which includes the Fantastic Beasts series in addition to the Harry Potter series. Maybe you could snatch up that record?

 

Victoria Maclean in font of some of her Harry Potter memorabilia
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Not a chance! Victoria Maclean is slitherin her way into the record books (Sorry, but that joke belongs to the BBC) with over, and say it with me now, three-thousand-six-hundred-and-eighty-six individual JK Rowling-related items. Again, that’s Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts series. Wonder what she thought of Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindlewald?

 

Map of Mexico City
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This Mexico City resident already has a lot of stuff, but you know what’s crazy? That doesn’t even count the stuff that Guinness Book of World Records doesn’t consider collector’s items. Things like “magazine clippings, full magazines, advertising posters, autographs and newspaper clippings”.

So if you were thinking that your Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman autographs would be considered collectors items – not so. If I were you, I’d get rid of them. But don’t just throw them out in the trash, they could do something bad to the environment. I’ll get rid of them for you.

 

Severus Snape scaring the pants off you
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Mrs. Maclean was presented with her world record certificate by Guinness World Records last Wednesday. The BBC, home of good news and bad jokes, quoted her as saying, “Guinness said, ‘If you want, you could go for the Harry Potter record’, but my husband would divorce me if I did!”

Calendar days flying by

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They also spoke about her life story. Here’s what you need to know, dear Potter Head.

2001- Mrs. Maclean fell in love with Harry Potter after watching a segment on Blue Peter about Harry Potter. Two weeks later, she had bought and read the first book.

2019- “I’ll never stop collecting until I really, really have to. I don’t smoke, I rarely drink – this is my vice,” Mrs. Maclean said.

Well, that explains why I’ll never have this much merchandise of anything. But I digress.

The mother-of-three has collected every book, DVD, toy, bag, item of clothing and piece of jewellery she can – as well as a host of other collectibles. She had a “24 carat gold-plated Golden Snitch puzzle piece from Japan – one of only 5,000 made – which took six years to track down and buy” and got the record even though “some memorabilia items were removed for not having the official labelling”.

 

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And she actually has all this stuff. You can check out her YouTube channel here where she releases new videos every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm GMT. But you know what she doesn’t have? Despite all this Harry Potter stuff, she lacks the Holy Grail of Harry Potter merchandise, the Force of Harry Potter collectibles…

 

Victoria Maclean with Star Wars Tickets

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Iron Throne of Harry Potter supplies…

Victoria Maclean on the Iron Thrones

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….the Sword of Gondor of Harry Potter stuff….A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Victoria Maclean using her magic on a Harry Potter book

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I’m sure she’ll find it soon. But imagine if all that stuff fell! Then she’s have to Ravenclaw out.

Bad joke, I know. Don’t Hufflepuff the house down.

Okay, I’ll show myself the Gryffindor.

 

 

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How Social Media Is Creating a Whole New Generation of Authors

Social media has had an enormous impact on the world of marketing and creativity in the last few years. What will this mean in five years? Platforms like YouTube and Instagram have become huge influencers in the creative field. From models to animators to small businesses, everyone who’s anyone is putting their stuff on social media.

 

zenith

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As a result, this is a very exciting time for aspiring authors. In 2016, a YouTuber named Sasha Alsberg, the co-author of Zenith, got her big break when a publishing house approached her about doing a book. She enlisted a fellow YouTuber and writer, Lindsey Cummings, to co-write Zenith with her and earlier this year Zenith was published and became an instant New York Times bestseller. (Sidenote: I read the book myself and I have to say…I didn’t think it was the best thing I have ever read, but maybe the book just wasn’t for me!)

 

YouTuber Kim Chance also published her debut novel Keeper through traditional publishing, off the back of her online success and a lot of support from her followers.

 

 

song of the dryad

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Even when publishing houses didn’t take interest in other peoples work in the community, writers took it on themselves to use the platforms they had and did their own marketing and promoting through YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Authors like Natalia Leigh and Kristen Martin have successfully sold quiet a few copies of their books through indie publishing houses and resources at hand.

 

With that being said many people in the BookTube community, both watchers and creators, are proud that these new voices have been noticed by the publishing industry, and this pride has led to the creation of AuthorTubeObviously this isn’t something new that sprouted over night after Sasha and Lindsey announced their book, but the community grew as more people started to gain the confidence pursue their own careers through YouTube and Instagram.

 

 

writing

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I had the pleasure of meeting a few very talented and sweet individuals who are constantly hard at work on their own manuscripts and it makes me think. Who will the next New York Times bestselling author be? People like StardustwritesNamastayreadingLiterarykhaleesitheworld.in.words, Honeypotwords are hard at work with their manuscripts and they heavily influence others with encouragement and they are even sweet enough to hold on their work to give tips to people who ask for it. They inspire me and others everyday to keep pushing through and ignore that ugly little voice in the back of our heads that says “You will never be good enough to get your writing recognized.” You will.

 

Who knows? Maybe the next aspiring author will be someone you know from Instagram. It’s nice to see that popular industries taking a leap and considering people other than popular authors so that they have a chance to tell their stories because everyone has a story to tell and no one’s is the same.

 

 

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How Social Media Is Creating a Whole New Generation of Authors

Social media has had an enormous impact on the world of marketing and creativity in the last few years. What will this mean in five years? Platforms like YouTube and Instagram have become huge influencers in the creative field. From models to animators to small businesses, everyone who’s anyone is putting their stuff on social media.

 

zenith

Image via PagesUnbound

As a result, this is a very exciting time for aspiring authors. In 2016, a YouTuber named Sasha Alsberg, the co-author of Zenith, got her big break when a publishing house approached her about doing a book. She enlisted a fellow YouTuber and writer, Lindsey Cummings, to co-write Zenith with her and earlier this year Zenith was published and became an instant New York Times bestseller. (Sidenote: I read the book myself and I have to say…I didn’t think it was the best thing I have ever read, but maybe the book just wasn’t for me!)

 

YouTuber Kim Chance also published her debut novel Keeper through traditional publishing, off the back of her online success and a lot of support from her followers.

 

 

song of the dryad

Image via iWriterly

Even when publishing houses didn’t take interest in other peoples work in the community, writers took it on themselves to use the platforms they had and did their own marketing and promoting through YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Authors like Natalia Leigh and Kristen Martin have successfully sold quiet a few copies of their books through indie publishing houses and resources at hand.

 

With that being said many people in the BookTube community, both watchers and creators, are proud that these new voices have been noticed by the publishing industry, and this pride has led to the creation of AuthorTubeObviously this isn’t something new that sprouted over night after Sasha and Lindsey announced their book, but the community grew as more people started to gain the confidence pursue their own careers through YouTube and Instagram.

 

 

writing

Image via abookishbaker.com

I had the pleasure of meeting a few very talented and sweet individuals who are constantly hard at work on their own manuscripts and it makes me think. Who will the next New York Times bestselling author be? People like StardustwritesNamastayreadingLiterarykhaleesitheworld.in.words, Honeypotwords are hard at work with their manuscripts and they heavily influence others with encouragement and they are even sweet enough to hold on their work to give tips to people who ask for it. They inspire me and others everyday to keep pushing through and ignore that ugly little voice in the back of our heads that says “You will never be good enough to get your writing recognized.” You will.

 

Who knows? Maybe the next aspiring author will be someone you know from Instagram. It’s nice to see that popular industries taking a leap and considering people other than popular authors so that they have a chance to tell their stories because everyone has a story to tell and no one’s is the same.

 

 

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Joey Graceffa

YouTube Star Joey Graceffa Reveals J.K. Rowling Is His Biggest Inspiration

Just recently Bookstr had the pleasure of interviewing Joey Graceffa, the YouTube sensation, actor, singer, producer, and, last but not least, author! The multi-talented Youtuber sat down with us to answer a few fan questions and discuss his brand new book, Rebels of Eden: A Novel!

 

'Rebels of Eden'

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His complete new trilogy takes place in a thrilling dystopian setting with detailed characters. With a YouTube following of 8.9 million, it’s no wonder he has so many fans. He loves all the books that we love!

 

Joey Graceffa

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Graceffa revealed that he was inspired to enter the realm of fiction thanks to books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Maze Runner by William Dashner. Both series had such a creative impacted on him, he says it’s like they transported him to another world.

 

He’s even a Potterhead like many of us! He explains how His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series inspired him to read so much. Graceffa went on to call Rowling an incredible role builder!
For more of Graceffa’s interview, check out the Bookster video below!

 

 

 

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