Because the new Harry Potter book went on sale Friday at Midnight, I made it a point not to go within about three parsecs of any bookstore all day Friday.
The newest Harry Potter, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," sold 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours.
When I saw that figure, it got me to thinking about another mass culture phenomenon. Skype. 45 million users and counting.
With Skype and Harry's massive popularity, I perceived an overlap between Skype users and Harry Potter fans. So, I went to Skype's "Search for Skype Users" feature and entered "Harry Potter" in the "Look for" search box.
I found 31 Skype users claiming Harry Potter as either Skype Name or a Full Name.
Of course, I am aware that Harry Potter can be a legitimate name, but given that "Harry Potter" was listed as a Full Name by Skype users in Estonia, Morocco, Brazil, Italy, Malaysia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Indonesia, and lots of other places where such an actual name would be rare, the association with the character is unavoidable.
Oh, and there's 13 Skype-user "Voldemort"s, or variations on the name of the fearsome Lord Voldemort.