- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books (4 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416554955
- ISBN-13: 978-1416554950
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon Paperback – 4 Nov 2008
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About the Author
Melissa Anelli has been reporting on the Harry Potter phenomenon since 2001. As the webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron (www.leakynews.com), she has written and spoken for Harry Potter fans in media outlets worldwide. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 and spent several years as a daily news reporter and features writer in New York City. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her ferocious cat, Moochka. For more visit www.harryahistory.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book so much that I read the whole thing in less than 12 hours.
Melissa Anelli is a professional writer, and it shows in this book. She opens chapter one with a frenetic pace and grabs readers from the first "Within twenty-four hours" opening line. Ms. Anelli does quite an amiable job of sharing her story throughout the entire book: from all the highs, to the lows, to the death threats received by Emerson.
My favorite chapter was chapter 9 "Banned and Burned." In that chapter, we get to sit in on Anelli's conversation with one of the most famous Harry haters, Laura Mallory. I shared Ms. Anelli's resignation and frustration over that meeting but feel that there was nothing more Ms. Anelli could have done to convince Ms. Mallory otherwise. With the Septology's completion, it's becoming clearer and clearer that Harry Potter is just as moral as Ms. Rowling always said it was, and then some.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Melissa.
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The author's the webmistress of the Harry Potter fansite, the Leaky Cauldron; and while I'm a pretty big Harry Potter fan myself, I hadn't really dabbled much in fansites and other serious Potter fandom, feeling a bit of a fraud by comparison with the really keen fans. However, the reviews I'd read sounded promising, so I gave it a go.
Once I started reading, I was hooked - the author's love of Potter poured out from the pages, and re-sparked my own love for it. I liked her style too, clear, journalistic, and well-phrased. And I was fascinated by the story of the rise of the Potter phenomenon, particularly in the U.S. - I never realised just how popular it was there, as well as here. Lots of interesting facts and characters - the tour with the band Harry and the Potters springs to mind - look them up on YouTube if you dare!
Reading this book, it would probably help if you were a Potter fan; but I reckon even a non-fan would be seduced by this passionate and sunny book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is simply brilliant. Full of inomation that everyone that calls themselves a "Potterhead" needs to know.Published 16 months ago by Rebecca Stein
Not what I expected! This is just an unwanted history and it does not help or add anything to the thrill we got from the seven Harry Potter books. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dr. Jose M. Munoz
Arrived in one piece even though postman tried to knock it about ;)Published 19 months ago by Jinny
I've read my fair share of books about Harry Potter in an attempt to get my fix now that no more books are being released, but most of them have just told the same story of how JK... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jennifer
It is slow, relies on pointlessly leaving the reader out of the loop until the end of chapters to build up "suspense", even though the people are real and in all likelihood... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2014 by H. Waring
I agree with the reviewer who wrote that the timeline jumps about far too much - it's the reason I have yet to finish the book. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by zinnia2529