Harry a History

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Written on 3:47 PM by Sarthak K

While browsing the net, I casually spotted a book called Harry, A History - and as I read further about it I came to know that it was written by Melissa Anelli - the webmsitress of The Leaky Cauldron - one of the most popular Harry Potter fan sites in the world!

Harry a History


Well, another icing on the cake was that the book had a foreword by J.K. Rowling! The piece focuses on how J.K. Rowling "finally cracked," she said, in 2002, and "Googled Harry Potter."

"I had already heard of 'The Leaky Cauldron'; it was one of the biggest and most popular Harry Potter sites on the net, and I had been told about a couple of great things they had done....But I had never seen it for myself, never realised exactly what went on there. I sat and read editorials, predictions, theories that ranged from strange to wild to perfectly accurate. I was, frankly, stunned
- and I remain stunned."


The article also points out how J.K. Rowling says in the foreword that the book has filled in "an enormous number of blanks," and that:

"At long last I understand what was going on while I was holed up writing, trying to filter my exposure to Potter-hysteria...a great chunk of my own life has been explained to me. Melissa has filled in an enormous number of blanks. Reading the book you now have in your hands has been an astonishing experience for me. It is as though I have, at last, achieved the ambition I held for years: To go along to a bookshop at midnight on Harry Potter publication night, in disguise, and simply watch and listen."

Well well, today I just got a copy of the book in my mailbox. Having read the first 2 chapters, I can say that anelli doesn't really have Rowling's falir with the pen, but I am definitely hooked!

You can order the book from Amazon or maybe get one at your local bookstore. Below are amazon links:

Amazon USA: Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

Amazon UK: Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon


Meanwhile, Harry Potter fans are also eagerly awaiting the release of Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling's book of fairy tales that had a central role within Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


tales of beedle the bard



You can pre-order Tales of Beedle the Bard from Amazon, which is offering a 50% discount on the retail prices!

Amazon US links for people in USA and North America

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Collector's Edition (Offered Exclusively by Amazon)


Amazon UK links for people from UK and Europe

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Collector's Edition (Offered Exclusively by Amazon)

People from other countries can also pre-order these books from Amazon but be careful of the shipping charges which will be more or less according to the distance of your country from the Amazon store location.