What is HPWS?
It’s short for “Harry Potter Withdrawal Syndrome“. This psychological problem is the result of what happens when a person withdraws from the world of Harry Potter. According to the website, HPWS is caused by an addiction to the immensely-popular Harry Potter series, and the books (which was written by J.K. Rowling) are read and beloved by billions of fans around the world.
So, what causes HPWS?
A prolonged exposure to anything relating to Harry Potter.
What are the symptoms of HPWS?
- Interest in Harry Potter (by rereading the books, watching the movies, writing fanfictions, drawing fan art)
- Thinking that Harry Potter is above all other books and hating (or shutting out) any other book that poses a “threat” to Harry Potter (such as Eragon, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, the Hunger Games, or the Percy Jackson series)
- Spending countless hours on Harry Potter-related forums
- Attempting to “convert” people to read the Potter series.
- Getting angry with and/or bullying people who dislike Harry Potter
- Spending countless hours “trapped” in the world of Harry Potter (includes daydreaming)
- Even worse, trying to inject yourself into the world of Harry Potter (yeah, that was me!)
According to the website, here are the following treatments:
- Ten-day treatment plan, which includes withdrawing from Harry Potter over a period of 10 days
- Thirty-day treatment plan, which includes withdrawing from Harry Potter over a period of 30 days
- Purging: after following the 10 or 30 day treatment plan, a purging includes withdrawing from ALL Harry Potter-related websites, putting the books and DVDS away (or giving them away), getting rid of anything such as posters or other things.
However, there are those who are deemed “Incurably Corrupt”, which means that they can never be “cured” of their Harry Potter obsession. (At this point, you might as well say a prayer for them and hope for the best.)
Despite the treatments, HPWS can come back, so be on your guard at ALL times!
Well, HPWS isn’t a real disease, but it sure is spreading like one!
- ‘Game of Thrones’ kids: We could take ‘stupid’ Harry Potter in a fight (today.com)
- Love to Read – How Harry Potter Changed the World (jhulleraynauld.wordpress.com)
- J.K. Rowling Is Writing More Stuff About Harry Potter (cosmopolitan.com)
- The awesome Harry Potter ending J.K. Rowling didn’t even know she had (io9.com)