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(Note from the future: when nominated, without any summary text here, this referred to some kind of Harry Potter religion.) Equinox 00:12, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

  • Tosh. Just delete it. SemperBlotto 08:22, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Yes check.svg Done. But there does seem to be some such word, so I left the entry with {{rfdef|lang=en}} rather than deleting it outright. —RuakhTALK 15:19, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
It is the name of this book by Rose Macaulay. For a few years after its publication in 1920, the title word enjoyed some currency (often in quotation marks)...
  • 1921, James Huneker, Variations, page 248:
    She defines Potterism as a frame of mind, not a set of opinions. Potterism is only a new word for an old thing — cant, or, as we say, humbug, and, on its more serious side, hypocrisy. [...] Musical Potterism, for example, is everywhere rampant. It bobs up in music criticisms and peeps forth in daily intercourse. "Give me good old Mozart," cries the classical Potterite, "and keep your modern kickshaws. Mozart is good enough for me!" Alas, we think Mozart is too good for this bonehead, who no doubt prefers a Broadway comic opera to The Marriage of Figaro.
— Beobach972 17:39, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
This is not a quote independent of the book. The RfV tag should not have been removed. I see many references to the book, not uses of the term in reference to the supposed phenomenon. The 1921 book may account for the choice of Harry Potter's surname (if it is from his muggle step-parents, not his magician parents). DCDuring TALK 23:20, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

RFV discussion (2)[edit]

The second sense, which is failing a RFV, had the etymology "Potter +‎ -ism, after Rose Macauley's novel Potterism (1920) in which the parents of the Potter family typify conventional, unpleasantly narrow-minded views" and the definition "(dated) Conventional British attitudes and beliefs". - -sche (discuss) 05:19, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

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Not about Harry Potter. Related to w:Rose Macaulay's 1921 novel of the same name. The bgc hits seem to be of the book title, not of any other real-world phenomenon. DCDuring TALK 23:14, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

RFV-fails? - -sche (discuss) 20:32, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
RFV-failed. - -sche (discuss) 05:19, 6 August 2011 (UTC)