This research explores the Harry Potter fanfiction community and how fanfiction readers and authors interact in a virtual space. The primary interest is how the virtual community partakes in gift economy and how they motivate each other to produce fanworks in the form of fanfiction, as well as personal motivations that authors carry. Fanfiction participants from multiple social media groups dedicated to Harry Potter fanfiction volunteered to participate in a survey. The survey consisted of qualitative and quantitative questions, and the data was collected, and qualitative responses coded to determine commonalities and differences. The findings of this research show that the Harry Potter fanfiction community is motivated to provide feedback and gifts to authors in the form of kudos, comments and fanworks. Further, fanfiction authors provide gifts of their own to specific followers or editors in the form of dedicated fanfictions.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Almquist, D. (2020). Comments, gifts and kudos: Community and gift economy in Harry Potter fanfiction [Master's thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/963/
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