You're a Wizard, Harry! Consumer Response to the Harry Potter Phenomenon

“You’re A Wizard, Harry!”

Consumer Response to the Harry Potter Phenomenon



Stephen Brown (University of Ulster, UK)

Anthony Patterson (University of Liverpool, UK)

 Short Abstract 

Harry Potter is one of the most astonishing consumption occurrences of recent years.  Less than a decade ago, the boy wizard’s creator was an anonymous single mom on welfare.  Today, J.K. Rowling presides over a $4 billion marketing empire and is one of the most famous faces on the planet.  This paper examines consumer responses to the fashion for all things Potter.  It argues that far from being trivial, as some suppose, fads are typical of today’s Entertainment Economy.  If transformative consumer research is our aim, Harry Potteresque phenomena need to be better understood.


stephen brown and anthony patterson (2006) ,"You're a Wizard, Harry! Consumer Response to the Harry Potter Phenomenon", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 33, eds. Connie Pechmann and Linda Price, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 155-160.


stephen brown, school of marketing, university of ulster
anthony patterson, university of liverpool management school


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 33 | 2006

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