Those who are into “Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis” might have noticed that it has taken us awhile to roll out the second episode. The first episode aired on Monday, January 16. It picked up eight years after the Battle of Hogwarts, with an unhappy Hermione Apparating to L.A. on a whim, fed up with her life in London, her relationship with her first love, Ron Weasley, and her budding career at the Ministry of Magic. And the response from viewers was overwhelmingly positive. Every day, we watched the views climb on YouTube, connected with viewers on Twitter and Facebook and even received press!
It was amazing to see the reception “ASIB” received. We were so excited to allow Hermione, a character whose ending in the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” epilogue was incredibly polarizing for many fans, to write her own ending. To choose a path that seemed a little more satisfying to fans of the brightest witch of her age, the brains of the Golden Trio, the girl who helped bring down Voldemort through books and cleverness and trademark Gryffindor bravery.
In the midst of all of this, we began losing key crew members, including our editor and all three of our producers, at a disheartening rate. It probably comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever worked on a fan project, but we are essentially all working for free. And even if some of our former teammates love HGQLC and want to see it succeed, dedicating a significant amount of one’s free time and talents to a pursuit that is not going to help your personal bottom line can prove challenging, to say the least.
We were content to soldier on, trying to find replacements for the crew members we’d lost, roll out the next episode, and continue to develop buzz for the show. And then, we hit an old and familiar problem: a lack of funds. Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael, the show’s creator, director and showrunner, was committed to funding the majority of the project herself (and we also received some donations after our LeakyCon panel in August), but her own source of income fell through. In the end, the combination of a dwindling crew and budget have us in a bind.
We need to finish shooting and editing future episodes, and recruit several new crew members. Which is why we are asking for your help. We work with a strict budget of $1,000 per episode. Though it is a tiny amount for the work that we’re doing, it gives us the opportunity to pay for the things we can’t make the show without: including equipment, food, locations and props/design.
HGQLC is a passion project for the entire team, but especially for Eliyannah, who was originally inspired to create the show during a life crisis of her own. Not only was it an opportunity to reimagine Hermione’s path, but also a chance to show others that you don’t have to have all of the answers. That taking a leap is sometimes less difficult than standing still. That even our heroes can get a little lost -- and come out stronger in the end.
We want to continue Hermione’s story, introduce the world to Juniper and Tae Joon and LaQuita and Ben, show everyone exactly how much of a badass Parvati really is, and dive into the complicated character that is a post-Death Eaters Malfoy.
And so, we are asking for your help. If you like where HGQLC is going and want to help us complete this journey, you can do so in a few different ways. First, please donate, if you can. Second, if you know anyone in the LA area who would be a great fit for our team, please have them email their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Last, spread the word -- about our need for funding, as well as the show.
Your excitement and support have been tremendous and heartwarming and affirming and any other multisyllabic word for awesome that comes to mind. From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate everyone who has been supportive of the show. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. And most of all, thank you for being willing to go on this adventure with us.