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Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon
Harry a History The True Story of a Boy Wizard His Fans and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon
Author: Melissa Anelli
This personal and in-depth look at the dizzying pop-cultural phenomenon surrounding the Harry Potter series is written by the Web mistress of the most popular and most trusted Harry Potter fan site on the Internet.
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ISBN-13: 9781416554950
ISBN-10: 1416554955
Publication Date: 11/4/2008
Pages: 336
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  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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reviewed Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon on + 3 more book reviews
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Not a big fan of this book. She may be part of the team that created The Leaky Cauldron website, but I feel that her personal Harry Potter "experience" doesn't merit a published book. If anyone should be giving a personal account, it should be JK Rowling herself.
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First off, yes, I am a devoted Harry Potter fan and love reading The Leaky Cauldron so when I learned Ms. Anelli was writing about her experiences inside the HP phenomenon, I knew I would be reading it.

Just as I laughed and cried at Harry, Ron, Hermione and all the others, I laughed and cried with Melissa and Emerson and John and Jo. An aspiring writer myself, Ms. Anelli's way of sucking us in to her doubts and her dreams had me reading long into the night.

Is this book a tremendous literary achievement? Certainly not if set next to historians such as David McCullough and others. However, anytime I read a coming-of-age biography that is not filled with sex, violence, drugs and all the negativity many seem to feel are the "normal" rights of passage for young people today, I have a deep abiding sense of triumph in my soul. There are good young people in this world who can be trusted when it is time for us old fogeys to pass the torch--and may Melissa Anelli reign for many more years as one of those principled journalists who carries a sense of true pride in media accuracy and integrity. Write on, Melissa, through whatever the future brings!
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I was so excited to receive this book in the mail; over the course of the HP books' release, I was more addicted to Emerson's MuggleNet, but occasionally I would venture over to Leaky; I hoped that wouldn't make a difference when I started reading Melissa's account of the phenomenon.

As it turned out, it didn't make a difference. But this book, to me, brought back all of the memories of that first time reading each of the books, experiencing the midnight releases with friends and strangers alike, racing home to read the new tome as fast as I could while still digesting the information in its pages (sometimes reading in the car, although we technically shouldn't have). I was happy to find that Melissa hadn't been one of those from-the-very-first-release-of-the-very-first-book types of people -- nothing against them, because they had a leg up on the rest of us and I'm really actually jealous -- but I didn't start reading the series until after Goblet was released and prior to the release of the first film. I was able to attend the midnight releases of three books and four films, and there is honestly nothing like that feeling in the world.

Melissa's story brought back all the nostalgia I had nearly forgotten about, and it was good to remember everything as if it were only just happening all over again. I felt "Harry a History" was a bit boring in some instances, if only because Melissa felt the need to detail her work environment, etc., and things that I wasn't keenly interested in because it didn't seem to add to the sense of nostalgia I was most anxious to read about. Overall though it felt like an extremely rewarding read.

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