I checked my Harry Potter canonicity survey today, and I’ve received 200 responses, which is a good round sum. Also, the responses have lately been trickling rather than pouring in. So I’ve decided to deactivate the survey. Now I can share the results with you!
I’m not going to post the table of all the responses, because it’s a little overwhelming to decipher. (Let me know if you want it in a Word document.) Basically, though, the average respondent ranked the novels as the most canonical source of information about the Harry Potter world and fan fiction as the least. (Not really a surprise there.) J.K. Rowling’s statements ranked as second most canonical. The movies and Pottermore are essentially at a tie for third place based on my cursory glance at the results, but I’m sure that some deeper statistical analysis would reveal some interesting differences. (If I find any, I’ll let you know.)
Thank you to everyone who completed the survey! I hope I get to meet you at LeakyCon someday. 🙂 Now that the survey is closed, feel free to wax verbose about your responses in the comments to this post.
Tonight I checked the results of my survey on Harry Potter canonicity, and I was surprised and delighted to see that I’d received 195 responses! Thank you all so much for taking the survey and sharing it with others. I am still collecting responses, so if you haven’t taken the survey yet, or you want to send it to someone else, there’s still time. Here’s the link: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4PJzrBq5xWEkQVD.
There’s one thing I want to check on. I said in the instructions that survey respondents could indicate a tie between two or more items by typing the same number for each of the tied items. I tried to make sure that Qualtrics (the survey platform) would allow a tie in this type of survey, but I’m still having some doubts about that. If you had two tied items, or if you tried unsuccessfully to create a tie, would you let me know in a comment on this post? You don’t have to tell me what the tied items were.
By the way, I do realize how badly I’m slacking off in my blogging. I haven’t forgotten you, dear readers, and I intend to post something non-survey related soon (as in, during October).
As part of my dissertation research, I am attempting to gauge Harry Potter fans’ perceptions of the relative canonicity of different sources of information about the universe of the story. The term canon generally refers to an entire fan community’s collective understanding of what constitutes accepted information about the world of the shared text, but in a large and highly participatory fan community like the Harry Potter one, each person may have a different opinion about what sources are canonical and what makes them that way. This survey is an attempt to find out how different fans rate the canonicity of several major sources of Harry Potter lore. Please read the prompt carefully and answer the question thoughtfully. Also, I’d like to get as large a sample as possible, so please send the survey link to other fans.