While I do think this essay puts too much emphasis on Harry Potter fandom as the Beginning of the End it’s still always fun to revisit old drama. You know. Back in the day when it all seemed so… innocent.
(For the record, I think fandom has always had its… elements. What I will concede is that HP fandom’s rise in parallel to the early days of the internet has probably meant that a lot of it’s drama is more well-documented than previous drama, that was more likely to be geographically and temporally limited.)