The Chicago Sun Times article Doing Harry proud (June 3, 2007) is all about a muggle named Emerson Spartz who attends Notre Dame University and in his spare time, is working towards a major in business.
Emerson is the founder, owner and webmaster of wildly popular MuggleNet. One has to ask if he should be teaching a business class or two?
Along with teaching him about Harry Potter, the site, which runs at a profit, has taught him about running a business.
“I learn a lot of new stuff everyday,” he says. “I have to play a lot of different roles. Manager, journalist, organizing events, Web design. It can be tough, running a volunteer staff of 120.
“I created a monster,” he adds with a laugh.
When Emerson started the site, he could work from the family home, but now management of the site radiates from his dorm room. He has this short biography on MuggleNet:
A Little About Me: MuggleNet was born a month after I began homeschooling as a 12-year-old in the fall of 1999. I had too much time on my hands and I thought it would be fun to make a website. I had no idea what I was getting in to.
As MuggleNet was a fantastic idea and project….(struggling to keep the laptop on my lap as my son wants a reunion with the site and Funny Excerpts)….there is also a very timely publication out now. Emerson and his fellow Muggle.net compadres, Ben Schoen, Andy Gordon, Gretchen Stull and Jamie Lawrence have developed a book based on the July 21st release of Book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Spartz’s book: In What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls in Love and How Will the Adventure Finally End might be difficult to get your hands on. (But it’s in stock right now). From the Sun Times:
“The book actually wasn’t our idea,” Spartz says. “The publisher e-mailed us, just out of the blue. It has been selling incredibly. The first print run was 9,000 copies, and now there are 300,000 in print. It’s been far beyond all expectations.”
Posted by Susan Ryan