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The Harry Potter experience,
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This review is from: Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon (Paperback)
This is a history of the Harry Potter phenomenon from the point of view of a fan. Melissa Anelli - a young journalist - enjoyed reading the early Potter books and found herself becoming more involved in the fan website The Leaky Cauldron. Through sheer persistence she got the site recognised as a proper media source and so she was invited to Potter events in America. By that time Harry had taken over her life. This is a very personal history of the rise and rise of the popularity of the boy wizard and how he took over her life. Twice she made the journey to the UK to interview the author and her enthusiasm for the books shines through her own book. There is also a chapter on those people who tried to get the books banned in American schools because, they said, they encouraged children to try witchcraft and the occult. This is a fascinating book even if you are not wholly familiar with the books themselves. It can be read as the history of a global phenomenon the like of which had never been seen before. I found it fascinating.