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Posted by: Rosi
June 21, 2011, 04:01 PM

Announcing Leaky's Dear Mr Potter Giveaway! Over the next five days we'll be giving away one copy of Dear Mr. Potter: Letters of Love, Loss, and Magic each day to a lucky commenter. This contest is open to registered Leaky members who can be contacted via their MyLeaky profiles, are over age of 13, and who are resident in the United States. Today's commenters who would like to be in with a chance should answer the question: what is your first memory of reading Harry Potter? Leave your answers below, and good luck!

Dear Mr. Potter will be released on the 1st July and features nearly 200 pages worth of letters and pictures from Harry Potter fans including:

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), New York Times-bestselling author John Green, Leaky Cauldron webmistress and author of New York Times-bestseller “Harry, A History” Melissa Anelli, Andrew Slack of the Harry Potter Alliance, Paul DeGeorge of Harry and the Potters, Andrew Sims and Eric Scull of MuggleNet, and Esther Earl’s mom, Lori.
Find out more information about the book, including where to pre-order, on the official website.

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First comment! Too bad I don’t live in the U.S.

Posted by harry potter fan #1 on June 21, 2011, 04:11 PM report to moderator
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I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in the fifth grade. My teacher was really into the books and assigned Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for us to read. I fell instantly in love with it. That day when my mom picked me up from school, I told her I wanted all three of the books that were out at the time. She did not understand way she could not just buy the first book, and I told her I just knew I was going to love it. So, the next day after school, I got in the car and found the first three books waiting for me in the seat! After that, I made sure I had the other books the day they came out.

Posted by Meg Weasley on June 21, 2011, 04:16 PM report to moderator
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Again .. Neglected .. Why is it only Uk and USA who has the oppertunity to compete in these things? :/

Posted by Bella'love ^HISS^ on June 21, 2011, 04:20 PM report to moderator
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Again .. Neglected .. Why is it only Uk and USA who has the oppertunity to compete in these things? :/

Posted by Bella'love ^HISS^ on June 21, 2011, 04:20 PM report to moderator
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I had seen the 1st movie, first…and I loved how the book and the movie were quite similar…but also enjoyed the new parts. I remember reading each book for the first time, and not being able to put them down!

Posted by Rin68nyr on June 21, 2011, 04:29 PM report to moderator
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I had seen the 1st movie, first…and I loved how the book and the movie were quite similar…but also enjoyed the new parts. I remember reading each book for the first time, and not being able to put them down!

Posted by Rin68nyr on June 21, 2011, 04:30 PM report to moderator
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My entire childhood I was terrified of Harry Potter. I would run screaming out of the room if a TV spot for one of the movies came on. However, when I was in first grade, I joined the cast of Actor’s Theater of Louisville’s Dracula. I was the only kid in the cast. The entire cast and crew couldn’t believe I had never read the Harry Potter series. One night, my family had about five members of the cast and crew over for dinner. The assistant stage manger had bought me a hardcover copy of Sorcerer’s Stone and sent it to my house. It just happened to arrive the day they all came over. After dinner, we all sat around the living room, each reading a page aloud and then passing it to the next person. We read at least two chapters like that. I’m very grateful I had such a great experience with this series. I’ve been a huge fan ever since. :)

Posted by Lilyverus on June 21, 2011, 04:31 PM report to moderator
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I was 7 years old, in the car with my older brother. He mentioned this new book called Harry Potter that was very popular. I was a bratty little sister, making fun of it (“What, does he make pots?”). Then he gave me Sorcerer’s Stone for my 8th birthday in 1999, and that was that. :)

Posted by discreetlyabsent on June 21, 2011, 04:36 PM report to moderator
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I was 21 years old. I’m not one that likes to follow the hot new thing, so I was quite annoyed with all the Pottermania on the news as Goblet of Fire was coming out. One day while riding in the car with my coworker, she asked if I had read them, I answered with a firm no. Then she told me a bit about the first book, and her favorite scene with the Mirror of Erised. I was intrigued, and she lent the first couple to me. I read them very quickly. I remember the elation I felt when Dumbledore awarded Neville the last 10 points to earn the house cup, and the sadness when Harry looked in the Mirror and desperately wanted to see his parents. So grateful for my coworker getting me started on these books!

Posted by fanofjo on June 21, 2011, 04:39 PM report to moderator
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I first read Harry Potter when I was in third grade. My friend, who I also shared a desk with was reading the first book. She started laughing so I asked her what was so funny and she told me about the part she was laughing at, which was when Harry pulled his wand out of the troll’s nose. I asked her what the book was about and decided it sounded pretty good. Plus I already really enjoyed to read. After school I asked my mom if we could go to Toys ’R Us and buy the book. (I have no idea why there and not a book store :P) I got the book and then started it right away. I remember enjoying it a lot but having some difficult understanding somethings. I got a few chapters in and then put it down for a bit but ended up trying again and loving it. Thus leading me to get all of the books as they came out and still being a major fan today. :)
Oh, and I also believe I accidently clicked reply on the tumblr post.

Posted by fangirl23 on June 21, 2011, 04:44 PM report to moderator
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My parents are divorced..And, well, my mother’s wonderful..dad not so much. He was often drunk, and sometimes abusing. I would cry and cry and cry: locked up in my room, almost hiding. It was terrifying for at the time, an eight year old. There was no TV in my room, so instead I read; to distract myself, you know. But the only books in my dad’s shelves were Sci-Fi novels, thrillers (which scared me) or biographies which did little distracting. However..there were also Harry Potter books #1-6, which I fell in love with, over time giving me the love to speak about my situation. Now my life, I truly believe is as good as it can get. THe court made everything wonderful: now I’m with my supportive/caring mum, halfbrother and stepdad (and cat i guess haaaah). I really resonated with Harry being stuck with these awful Dursleys. I remember having a dream of Hagrid taking me away. I reread the first six novels a few times in a month, staying up sometimes all night, even on school nights. My life is amazing because of Potter. They are really excellent novels with a great plot, prose, thematic depth, and rich characters. They are truly wonderful!!! :) I thank Jo so much, and thank you for inspiring me to become an author, as well!

Posted by RubeusHagrid on June 21, 2011, 04:54 PM report to moderator
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The first time I read Harry Potter was in the 4th grade……..and I’m happy to say it changed me as a person. It doesn’t seem so long ago, but I guess 5 years ago…..I didn’t even know who Luna Lovegood was or what truly was a Hufflepuff anyway. The first lines that brought me into the story….I’m sorry the WORLD, are still embedded in my brain and carved above my bookshelf. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Posted by PotionsMaster7 on June 21, 2011, 04:57 PM report to moderator
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I started reading the books with my mom in about 3rd grade and got through the second one. I was obessed with them! My friends and I even attempted to open the chamber of secrets in the bathroom by stealing the keys off of the paper towel dispensers! But somewhere between trying to open the chamber of secrets and forcing my friends to drink a nasty concoction which I said was polly juice postion, I lost my love for the series. Then last september when the news of Deathly Hallows part two came out I made a deal with my best friends if I read all the books I would be allowed to go to the midnight showing with them. I never back down from a challenge and I am so happy I didn’t! I’m officially a potterhead and soooo proud of it! Cannot wait until July 15th when I get to experience the final instalment in the films with all my harry potter friends! :D

Posted by bailey.lottes on June 21, 2011, 05:00 PM report to moderator
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I was already an adult when the books came out. I started reading them in 2001. My first memory is still one of my favorite scenes in the series—when Hagrid and Harry go to Diagon Alley to buy Harry’s supplies. I remember it was that chapter when I became hooked. J. K. Rowling’s clever wordplay and description won me over. I have been a fan ever since and have been able to read the series to my children.

Posted by danahuff on June 21, 2011, 05:01 PM report to moderator
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I’m so excited! Okay, here it goes:
My first time reading the Harry Potter books was at the age of eleven, I picked it up from the library because I just needed something new to read. I haven’t read these books before, so I had no idea what to expect. I knew it was about wizards, but that’s all! So when I started to read it in my class (at silent reading time), I was thrown back by reading the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! I couldn’t believe that the first chapter just described his daily life in the Muggle world! I thought, it start with potion brewing or seeing in through a crystal ball, or waving wands and making objects fly around the room! I didn’t know he didn’t know that he was a wizard! So like wise, when he was learning about all the different stuff in the magical world, so was I! J.K. Rowling took the idea of wizards and witches, and twisted into something that was completely in a different world! It really did feel magical! And Voldemort was just another twist! I didn’t know there could a dark wizard! And how he suddenly disappeared after trying to kill Harry, was actually quite mysterious and interesting! And I couldn’t even believe they even had to go to school to learn spells and potions! And the history of magic! It was just like muggle school! You needed to learn the history and the basics of everything you will use in the future! Before I read Harry Potter, I thought all wizards and witches flew on brooms all the time, I thought they already knew about spells and potions without even having to learn it! I thought there was no Gringotts, goblins, Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, Knockturn Alley, and of course, I didn’t think there would be a Ministry of Magic with laws and people working so hard for the muggles to not find out about the magic world beyond us! I was simply shocked, but amazed!

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