Irvin Khaytman

is creating essays about Harry Potter

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My name is Irvin, “hpboy13” on the Internet, and I’ve been writing essays about Harry Potter for MuggleNet.com since 2011. I remain a true HP fanatic, and I firmly believe that there is always more to discuss about the Harry Potter books. To that end, I keep writing essays about the books, as well as the Fantastic Beasts movies and the Potter fandom in general. I’ve also given presentations about Harry Potter at various HP conventions, like Leviosa 2016 and every single MISTI-Con. I love every minute of it.

But real talk: I have never made a single cent from the almost fifty essays I’ve written over 6+ years. I may be a columnist with MuggleNet, but I am still a freelancer, and don’t get paid. And that’s okay – it’s an honor to write for MuggleNet, and I’m reasonably certain they’re not rolling in Galleons.

I’m in a different place than I was when I started. When I signed on as MuggleNet’s columnist, I was a nineteen-year-old in my first year of college, with nothing but free time. Now, I have a full-time job, and am toiling away on getting books published whenever I’m not working. I hold myself to a high standard when it comes to my writing – I make sure to quote and reference anything I bring into evidence, and I diligently research both the apocrypha Rowling creates and the writings of other HP essayists. I never bothered with things like listicles, but always strove to provide something worth reading and thinking about. It’s getting harder to justify spending as much time as I do writing HP essays for the fun of it, but I really want to continue doing so. That’s where you come in.

If you believe that continuing discourse about the Harry Potter world is valuable, please consider contributing a small amount of money for each of my essays.

I generally try to produce an essay about once a month, give or take – sometimes there’ll be a lull, sometimes there’ll be a flood of inspiration. If you wish, you can set a cap on how many essays you’ll pay for in a month, lest I get too prolific for your wallet.

To be clear, I will not be putting any of my essays behind a paywall, regardless of how this all turns out. They will continue to be posted on MuggleNet for all to read, because I want every HP fan to be able to engage in the theorizing. But I do hope to create a community here on Patreon for discussion of HP, so we can engage in some quality analysis! I’m always looking for ideas for essays, so I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts on anything to do with HP – and in return, I’ll share mine, even if it’s something not quite ready for a full-fledged essay.

If you choose to support me, take a look at the reward tiers: I’m offering everything from just joining the conversation to one-on-one nerding out with me… and I promise to love you forever! Even if you can’t, thank you for reading, and hopefully we can all work together to keep the Harry Potter fandom thriving.

For an example of the kind of content you’d be supporting:
Seven Obstacles for Seven Books
The Revised Forty
The Big Bads: Grindelwald vs. Voldemort
Tiers
Ickle Firstie
$1 or more per essay
You’re awesome! You have my undying gratitude. You have access to the Patreon feed, where I’ll not only post links to the essays, but any short little epiphanies I have about HP, which may not be quite enough for an essay. Hey, why not suggest essay topics or pose HP questions while you’re here? No promises, but I’m always open to new ideas!
Scholarly Second Year
$2 or more per essay
You’re totally awesome! To tide you over between essays, I’ll provide recommendations for really good HP essays from back in the day – I’m always digging through the editorial archives for inspiration, and I’ll curate the best stuff for you! Also, see above re: undying gratitude and the Patreon feed.
O.W.L. Student
$5 or more per essay
You’re the best! You get first dibs on reading my stuff, so I’ll send you PDFs of my essays a week before they publish, and we can chat about them. In addition, once a quarter, we’ll have an hour-long Google Hangout with Patreons at this level to chat about all things Potter. (I say “hour-long,” but once I start talking about HP…) All the $2 rewards also apply.
N.E.W.T. Student
$10 or more per essay only 7 left
You’re my hero! Once a quarter, let’s have an in-depth one-on-one discussion about all things Potter! Plan for it being an hour long, but once you get me talking HP it might go on for ages. If you’re more comfortable with writing than talking, we can have lengthy email exchanges about HP instead! If you want to invite all your friends, that’s your call. All the $5 rewards also apply.
Gringotts Goblin
$25 or more per essay only 7 left
You’re a wrock star! Same idea as N.E.W.T. level (still once a quarter), but we can chat face-to-face in New York City. (You’re responsible for actually getting to NYC.) Obviously, it’ll be in a public place, in a central location, when schedules align, etc. But we’ll make it happen! All the $5 rewards also apply. (Fine print: you must be a Patron for at least two months before we organize this.)
Goals
$0 of $100 per essay
I solemnly swear to regularly publish at least one essay a month, instead of whenever inspiration strikes.
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My name is Irvin, “hpboy13” on the Internet, and I’ve been writing essays about Harry Potter for MuggleNet.com since 2011. I remain a true HP fanatic, and I firmly believe that there is always more to discuss about the Harry Potter books. To that end, I keep writing essays about the books, as well as the Fantastic Beasts movies and the Potter fandom in general. I’ve also given presentations about Harry Potter at various HP conventions, like Leviosa 2016 and every single MISTI-Con. I love every minute of it.

But real talk: I have never made a single cent from the almost fifty essays I’ve written over 6+ years. I may be a columnist with MuggleNet, but I am still a freelancer, and don’t get paid. And that’s okay – it’s an honor to write for MuggleNet, and I’m reasonably certain they’re not rolling in Galleons.

I’m in a different place than I was when I started. When I signed on as MuggleNet’s columnist, I was a nineteen-year-old in my first year of college, with nothing but free time. Now, I have a full-time job, and am toiling away on getting books published whenever I’m not working. I hold myself to a high standard when it comes to my writing – I make sure to quote and reference anything I bring into evidence, and I diligently research both the apocrypha Rowling creates and the writings of other HP essayists. I never bothered with things like listicles, but always strove to provide something worth reading and thinking about. It’s getting harder to justify spending as much time as I do writing HP essays for the fun of it, but I really want to continue doing so. That’s where you come in.

If you believe that continuing discourse about the Harry Potter world is valuable, please consider contributing a small amount of money for each of my essays.

I generally try to produce an essay about once a month, give or take – sometimes there’ll be a lull, sometimes there’ll be a flood of inspiration. If you wish, you can set a cap on how many essays you’ll pay for in a month, lest I get too prolific for your wallet.

To be clear, I will not be putting any of my essays behind a paywall, regardless of how this all turns out. They will continue to be posted on MuggleNet for all to read, because I want every HP fan to be able to engage in the theorizing. But I do hope to create a community here on Patreon for discussion of HP, so we can engage in some quality analysis! I’m always looking for ideas for essays, so I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts on anything to do with HP – and in return, I’ll share mine, even if it’s something not quite ready for a full-fledged essay.

If you choose to support me, take a look at the reward tiers: I’m offering everything from just joining the conversation to one-on-one nerding out with me… and I promise to love you forever! Even if you can’t, thank you for reading, and hopefully we can all work together to keep the Harry Potter fandom thriving.

For an example of the kind of content you’d be supporting:
Seven Obstacles for Seven Books
The Revised Forty
The Big Bads: Grindelwald vs. Voldemort

Recent posts by Irvin Khaytman

Tiers
Ickle Firstie
$1 or more per essay
You’re awesome! You have my undying gratitude. You have access to the Patreon feed, where I’ll not only post links to the essays, but any short little epiphanies I have about HP, which may not be quite enough for an essay. Hey, why not suggest essay topics or pose HP questions while you’re here? No promises, but I’m always open to new ideas!
Scholarly Second Year
$2 or more per essay
You’re totally awesome! To tide you over between essays, I’ll provide recommendations for really good HP essays from back in the day – I’m always digging through the editorial archives for inspiration, and I’ll curate the best stuff for you! Also, see above re: undying gratitude and the Patreon feed.
O.W.L. Student
$5 or more per essay
You’re the best! You get first dibs on reading my stuff, so I’ll send you PDFs of my essays a week before they publish, and we can chat about them. In addition, once a quarter, we’ll have an hour-long Google Hangout with Patreons at this level to chat about all things Potter. (I say “hour-long,” but once I start talking about HP…) All the $2 rewards also apply.
N.E.W.T. Student
$10 or more per essay only 7 left
You’re my hero! Once a quarter, let’s have an in-depth one-on-one discussion about all things Potter! Plan for it being an hour long, but once you get me talking HP it might go on for ages. If you’re more comfortable with writing than talking, we can have lengthy email exchanges about HP instead! If you want to invite all your friends, that’s your call. All the $5 rewards also apply.
Gringotts Goblin
$25 or more per essay only 7 left
You’re a wrock star! Same idea as N.E.W.T. level (still once a quarter), but we can chat face-to-face in New York City. (You’re responsible for actually getting to NYC.) Obviously, it’ll be in a public place, in a central location, when schedules align, etc. But we’ll make it happen! All the $5 rewards also apply. (Fine print: you must be a Patron for at least two months before we organize this.)