Harry, A History

Harry, A History

The True Story of A Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
An analysis of the pop-culture phenomenon surrounding the Harry Potter series, written by the founder of "The Leaky Cauldron" website, evaluates how the books inspired international camaraderie and a generation of new readers.

& Taylor

An analysis of the pop-culture phenomenon surrounding the Harry Potter series, written by the founder of The Leaky Cauldron Web site, evaluates how the books inspired international camaraderie and a generation of critical thinkers and new readers, in an account complemented by an interview with J. K. Rowling. Original. 100,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster

The Harry Potter Books Were Just The Beginning of the Story...

During the brief span of just one decade, hundreds of millions of perfectly ordinary people made history: they became the only ones who would remember what it was like when the Harry Potter saga was still unfinished. What it was like to seek out friends, families, online forums, fan fiction, and podcasts to get a fix between novels. When the potential death of a character was a hotter bet than the World Series. When the unfolding story of a boy wizard changed the way books are read for all time.

And as webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron, one of the most popular Harry Potter sites on the Internet, Melissa Anelli had a front row seat to it all. Whether it was helping Scholastic stop leaks and track down counterfeiters, hosting live PotterCasts at bookstores across the country, touring with the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters, or traveling to Edinburgh to interview J. K. Rowling personally, Melissa was at the center of the Harry Potter tornado, and nothing about her life would ever be the same.

The Harry Potter books are a triumph of the imagination that did far more than break sales records for all time. They restored the world's sense of wonder and took on a magical life of their own. Now the series has ended, but the story is not over. With remembrances from J. K. Rowling's editors, agents, publicists, fans, and Rowling herself, Melissa Anelli takes us on a personal journey through every aspect of the Harry Potter phenomenon -- from his very first spell to his lasting impact on the way we live and dream.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c2008
Edition: 1st Pocket Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781416554950
Branch Call Number: 823.914 ANE
Characteristics: xii, 356 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,21 cm.


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ArapahoeTiegan Dec 19, 2017

"When all the fuss and hoopla dies away, and when all the press commentary dies away, I think it will be seen that this phenomenon was generated, in the first instance, by kids loving a book. A book went of shelves, and a few people loved it. When all of the smoke and lights die away, that's what you'll be left with." - J.K. Rowling

I am one of the lucky kids who grew up with Harry Potter - my mother read a chapter a night to my brother and I, until I decided this method was too slow and sneakily checked out Goblet of Fire from the school library when I was in fourth grade and hid it in my backpack to read ahead (I was caught eventually, but my mom understood and let me continue on my own). However, I did not know about the world of fandoms until I was in the middle of my first year of college in 2011 and decided to check out what that Doctor Who thing was all about. I missed out on a lot of the things Melissa Anelli details in her book, but I am overjoyed that she wrote this book to give someone like me an insight into the things that were going on - some of which I was just too young for, and others I just didn't have a connection to until it was all over. I suppose I was lucky in this way, because the only spoiler I ever received while I was reading the books came from my brother who had read just a little faster than I did and accidentally spoiled Fred's death while we were in the car and he was talking with our mom about it.

Every mention, especially at the end of Anelli's book, of how lucky some people are to read Harry Potter for the first time made me tear up. I read the series every year, and as much as I love them and relish every moment, it will never be the same as that first reading, when you just didn't know what was coming. I suppose us Potterheads do get a bit of that back now with the release of the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise. I also loved the hints J.K. Rowling gave to Anelli in the final interview of the book that she had more to say about Albus Severus - and now we've got The Cursed Child! I'd be interested to see if she does more with Albus Severus, after reading the script, I agree, he has so much more going on and I want to know all about it.

All the thanks in the world to J.K. Rowling for creating this world and allowing her fans to really make it home. And thanks to Melissa Anelli for detailing what it was like in the fandom during all the release of the later books - as someone who really missed out on a lot of that due to my age, I loved feeling like I lived a piece of it anyway.

Dec 03, 2013

I have read and greatly enjoyed every book written by J. K. Rowling that I could get my hands on. But I have never understood over-the-top hysterical fandom. This book gives a excellent self portrait of one such fan. I enjoyed it, but still don't understand. I think the variety we find around us in the world is one of its chief delights. And our fellow humans are as various and delightful beyond what we usually imagine.

Dec 01, 2013

I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and after reading this book I love it even more. I found that I could relate to a lot of the things she was talking about. A must read for any Potter fan for sure!!

Jul 18, 2012

I didn't know about this book until now but I just put it on hold so I can read!
I grew up with Harry Potter. TEAMPOTTER!

May 05, 2012

If you are a big Harry Potter fan you will really njoy this book! But if you are a Harry Potter fan but prefer fiction you might not enjoy this book.

Hermione Jan 17, 2009

This book is truly amazing. A great read for all Harry Potter fans or anyone who know anything about the Harry Potter phenomenon.

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