Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon
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 is was like to seek out friends, families, online forums, fan fiction, and podcasts to get...more
I only had a few friends (back then) that were Harry Potter fans, and we discussed the books excitedly, and re-read them repeatedly, but I didn't know that I was missing this wh...more
For avid Harry Potter fans familiar with the Leaky Cauldron, fan fiction, the shipping wars, Harry and the Potters, and so forth the book is probably five stars. Melissa captures, with vim and tremendous enthusiasm, the history of Harry Potter fandom filtered through her personal experience. No doubt those on the wrong side of certain conflicts (notably those fans who were advocating for Hermione a...more
I'm not ashamed to say that I've been in the Potter fandom for years - since PoA first came o...more
Update, 3/11/13: This book has languished for a while as I read through books from the library. But I picked it back up tonight and was rewarded with Melissa's discussion of the Sugar Quill! I miss the SQ, where I was a beta reader and message board admin. I have such fond memories of the April Fools pranks and the days when the characters themselves would take over the message boards.
Update, 5/28/13: I really e...more
I remember the first time I read Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone.
I had ignored the buzz surrounding Harry Potter for a long time. I remember thinking: No book could possibly be that good. I would see people reading it on the buss, on lunch breaks, line ups. “Bah,” I would s...more
Just the name, "Harry, A History" and the cover, a couple of old looking books with a familiar set of round glasses on top, brought tears to my eyes. So many memories...
I started reading Harry Potter after "Goblet of Fire" was released. I was expecting my first child, my husband was working...more
While Anelli's story is very personal (how else can someone write about such an experience except in the way they lived it?), almost any fan can relate her stories to their own. It perfectly captures the feeling of suspense, and insanity, surrou...more
Among my favorite parts of the book were those describing Anelli & her friends reading the 5th and 7th books together throughout the nights of their respective midnight releases (confessional camera and all), Anelli's interview with Rowling, and the rise of Wrock.
A few minor problems th...more
I moved and I was introduced to the local li...more
And as I'm a huge Harry Potter fan I eventually decided to put the list on my Christmas wishlist. My mother somehow obviously realized that it has to do something with Harry and so she bought it for me. Let's just say, I'm surprised on how much of Internet fandom I missed even though I've always been...more
Much of the writing undoubtedly had personal and highly emotional ties for Anelli, but it falls completely flat on paper. It's ludicrous to try following the conversations that many of thes...more
In "Harry, A History", Melissa Anelli tells a story that most Potter fans could've told, with the added insight that comes along with her being mastermind webmistress of the popular Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron. This book is many things. For those who haven't read Harry Potter and are curious as to why it's so popular and what exactly goes on in the fandom, it's a very knowledgeable and good recount for them. For those of us like myself...more
Reasons I love this book:
1) Melissa Anelli has always been a hero of mine, and that feeling has been totally reinforced after reading this book. Her story is fascinating. I've always been impressed with the professionalism with which she presents the fandom to the rest of the world, but I never realized before what a role she had in creating a relationship with not just the Harry Potter fandom and Warner Brothers and Scholastic, but for all...more
The writing in the book is unextra...more
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'Oh, I envy you,' I thought, but was smiling for her. She had just begun.”