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Potter +‎ head, possibly by analogy with pothead.[1]


Potterhead (plural Potterheads)

  1. (informal, fandom slang) One who loves the Harry Potter series of books, the Potterverse, and/or the Wizarding World Rowling-created franchise, especially to a fanatical degree.
    • 2007 June 1, Pat Kane, “Are They Potty?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Yesterday's news that Universal Studios was planning to open "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" in 2009 will have prodded the shriek-buttons of millions of young Potterheads, whose relentless campaign for a "really fun holiday this time, Daaad" will have ratcheted forward a few more irreversible notches.
    • 2007, Alison Hansel, Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter, page 164:
      Her infectious enthusiasm has brought many knitters (like Alison Hansel!) into the Potterhead fold and has introduced Potterheads into the world of knitting.
    • 2012 April 16, Alison Flood, “Harry Potter encyclopedia in progress, says JK Rowling”, in The Guardian[2]:
      "Happiness x10000," wrote one fan on learning of Rowling's new project. "IT'S LIKE POTTERHEAD CHRISTMAS!" said another.


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  1. ^ Alexander Onysko; Sascha Michel (2010), “Cognitive Perspectives on Word Formation”, in (please provide the title of the work), page 232