After studying 4,000 Potter fans, Rudski concluded that one in 10 of the boy wizard's fans were suffering withdrawal symptoms, such as depression and loss of appetite, after JK Rowling's final tale, harry potter and The Deathly Hallows, was published. A further 20 per cent admitted being on the verge of addiction to Rowling's creation.
He also found that some of the fans polled had been spending as much as four hours a day on Potter activities. "I feel like someone close to me has died," the Mirror quoted one fan, as saying. "Addiction to a drug is no different to an addiction to harry potter," said Rudski. harry potter and The Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book, was published last summer.