This is wonderful! I don't think it's being there from the beginning that makes you a fan, it's being there until the end! I am just getting into the best fandoms ever and honestly, I haven't been there from the beginning but I'll be here until the end!
When your favorite character survives until the end of the story. This is a feeling unknown to me.< I have only half way felt this since my favorite characters of HP were practically two halves but one is now dead.