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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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My mother brought me to my grandma’s house one day randomly and sat me down on the bed in the den. My grandma brought a beautiful box out and told me she wanted me to read this book. I never heard of it before that day but I read it anyway. I actually read it that day and loved it beyond belief. This was in 1997.

Posted by summ3rjammx3 on June 21, 2011, 05:06 PM report to moderator
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I was eight when my oldest brother sat me down and told me that we had to start reading the best book in the whole world together. He read Sorcerer’s Stone to me in a British accent, portraying the different characters with different voices. I still remember him reading the very first sentence and being sucked in by the “perfectly normal, thank you very much” Mr. and Mrs. Dursley.

Posted by wizardingwheezes on June 21, 2011, 05:09 PM report to moderator
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My first memory of reading Harry Potter was in middle school where we had a 30 minute period everyday to read. I remember I had a copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that I got off of the shelf in my class room and I pretended to read it everyday. It’s not that I wasn’t into Harry Potter at the time, I loved the movies and all, but I wasn’t really a reader. Then a few years later, the night I first saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to be exact, it finally hit me that Harry Potter was something I would really enjoy knowing more about. My mom had bought me a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at a book sale earlier that year and it was just sitting on a shelf gathering dust and that night I remember grabbing it and starting to read. I can honestly say Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the first book I ever picked up on my own and read. Now 7 years later I have read all of the books multipule times and I can’t put them down. Harry Potter truly changed my life and I owe it all to Alfonso Cuarón, the cast, and everyone else that worked on Prisoner of Azkaban. :c)

Posted by Bradley on June 21, 2011, 05:13 PM report to moderator
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My first memory might not be as exciting as everybody elses seem to be, but it’s powerful for me…I started reading them at the age of five, and I remember sitting in my playhouse in the garden, locking it so my sister couldn’t get in, and putting a sign on the door that said ‘The Burrow’, occasionally changing the sign whenever the location in the book changed. And I remember going out there to read it, rain or shine, because even to my five/six year old self they were just too special to possibly read in the house with other people bothering me (:

Unfortunately now we’ve moved house and I don’t have my playhouse now at the age of fourteen, but a lot of the time I still crave my special Harry Potter place <3

Posted by justwannaWrock on June 21, 2011, 05:14 PM report to moderator
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The first time I read a Harry Potter was very nondescript. I was visiting my cousins, and our parents had gone out to eat. My cousin, Chase, was trying to help me to go to sleep, as I was in a new house, with people I didnt see very often, I was scared. I was probably only ten years old. As soon as he started describing Hogwarts, I fell asleep, dreaming. I didnt finish the book while we were there, and being ten, forgot about it. Chase sent me a copy for Christmas that year, but again, it was lost in the hubbub of being ten. When the Chamber of Secrets came out, my parents got me that book as well, seeing as how it was a series. But I still didnt finish what Chase had started. It wasnt until the Prisoner of Azkaban came out, that I finally read the books all the way through. I started with PoA, and then went backwards. PoA opened up the world that Chase had given me a glimpse of. I technically first read the first book ages before. But for me, it is what happened with Sirius, with Harry finally finding part of his original family, that tied me into the series. The hope in Harry’s voice, and in Sirius’s too, is heartbreaking. But it gave Harry hope, hope to continue living with the Dursely’s during Summer breaks, and hope to keep going on. Sirius was the last of his original family, his fathers best friend. He was an uncle, of sorts. For me, that love of family was all I needed to be hooked on the series.

Posted by lgkpotterhead on June 21, 2011, 05:16 PM report to moderator
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I had decided to try to read the First book because I heard the movie was coming out. I took the book out from the library but I was a very slow reader so I eventually had to return the book and just buy a copy. I remember in 8th grade the new book had come out and I carried it around school reading it every chance I got.

Posted by baabygirl2004 on June 21, 2011, 05:18 PM report to moderator
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I had decided to try to read the First book because I heard the movie was coming out. I took the book out from the library but I was a very slow reader so I eventually had to return the book and just buy a copy. I remember in 8th grade the new book had come out and I carried it around school reading it every chance I got.

Posted by baabygirl2004 on June 21, 2011, 05:18 PM report to moderator
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I had decided to try to read the First book because I heard the movie was coming out. I took the book out from the library but I was a very slow reader so I eventually had to return the book and just buy a copy. I remember in 8th grade the new book had come out and I carried it around school reading it every chance I got.

Posted by baabygirl2004 on June 21, 2011, 05:18 PM report to moderator
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my sister was already a huge fan. i couldn’t stand him. His movies kept playing all the time in disney channel, but never cared for him much. It was only a matter of time when i would start loving him. She rented Goblit of fire and i sat and watched it. was amazed how good it was. I went to buy the first book ansd i was hooked. Now i can’t live without him lol.

Posted by got2lovme on June 21, 2011, 05:19 PM report to moderator
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my sister was already a huge fan. i couldn’t stand him. His movies kept playing all the time in disney channel, but never cared for him much. It was only a matter of time when i would start loving him. She rented Goblit of fire and i sat and watched it. was amazed how good it was. I went to buy the first book ansd i was hooked. Now i can’t live without him lol.

Posted by got2lovme on June 21, 2011, 05:19 PM report to moderator
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I was home sick from high school with the stomach flu, and daytime television sucked, so I picked up my younger sister’s copy of Sorcerer’s Stone. She had received it for Christmas and while she promised me it was good, I was convinced it was a kid’s book. It immediately sucked me in and I totally forgot about feeling sick. It began an obsession with all things Harry Potter through high school and most of college. I think my sister was just happy I didn’t barf on her book.

Posted by Laura Keaton [WBM!] on June 21, 2011, 05:20 PM report to moderator
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The first time I read Harry Potter, well, it was actually read to me. My mom was a fan and so was my grandma, who has now left us. I was a little young to read by myself at the time, especially something as big as the Harry Potter books. So, each night, before I went to bed, my dad, since my mom was at work, would read a chapter or two to me. I specifically remember my dad doing Hagrid. I would always say that he made him sound like a pirate. That would have us laugh for a while. Also, we would sit on our chair together, and listening to the story unfold was awesome. I would always want him to read more, but I would have to wait until the next night. I miss that quality time with my dad because since I am in high school and he has a full time job as well as my mom, I miss those days when they could just read to me. Sometimes, I even wish I had a Time Turner or a Pensieve just to remember those moments. And that was the magical moment of when I first started to “read” Harry Potter. Oh, and the book he read to me was the first one, the Sorcerer’s Stone:)

Posted by cluna123 on June 21, 2011, 05:23 PM report to moderator
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This is terrible! The non-residents of the U.S. get never the chance to win in anything!!!!

Posted by Halfblood Princess on June 21, 2011, 05:25 PM report to moderator
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I first read Harry in 2000 to “check it out” before giving it to my then nine-year-old daughter, as I’d heard horrible things about the book and satanism and witchcraft and blah blah (from some obviously Laura Mallory types, I know now!) I picked up SS/PS with the intention of skimming through it and moving on to my own reading. I loved the opening line but still skimmed through the first chapter, reading a little more deeply with each page. I got to the end of that first chapter, went, “Wait!”, went back, started from the beginning and have been hooked ever since.

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on June 21, 2011, 05:29 PM report to moderator
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My first time reading Harry Potter was when I was in second grade and I didn’t understand what it was. At the time I was just reading everything that I could get my hands on. I thought it was weird at first. It didn’t make sense and I thought it was a Halloween story. I didn’t realize how that would effect me. The first like true memory I have is reading the fourth book in a day in third grade and everyone thinking that I was amazing. Yeah that was a real confidence booster. I feel like Harry Potter made me love reading so much more and now I just can’t put a book down.

Posted by readerdancer on June 21, 2011, 05:30 PM report to moderator
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