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5.0 out of 5 stars An insider's look into Harry's frenetic fandom, 19 Dec. 2008
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 book gives you ringside seat to what it's like to live as one of the most famous Potter fans. I received mine from Amazon a few days ahead of the actual publication date (something us Potter fans aren't used to) and read it right away. As J.K. Rowling's foreword says: "So this book is a history of a community, written by an insider...it can be read as warts-and-all expose of fan mentality or as a story of the world's biggest book group..."

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.

Nancy Solon Villaluz is the author of:
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