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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!

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I had seen Sorcerer’s Stone, before I started reading the books, but I can still remember the first time I read the books. It was Christmas morning and I had begged my parents to get me the box set (that then went until year 4) and was beyond happy when I found it under the tree. My parents had been skeptical about buying books for me- I wasn’t a big reader, no matter how much they tried. But I wanted these books so much and I’ll forever be grateful that they got them for me. I sat up in my room for the rest of the day reading Sorcerer’s Stone and then Chamber of Secrets. I finished all four years in a week. I went from being a girl who hated reading, who rather be playing outside, to a girl who spent hours reading on her bed or under a tree. Just so I could escape to that magical world again. I still do it today, at least once a year. The books, the characters and the places mean the world to me. And to think it all started one Christmas morning.

Posted by Katie_Potter09 on June 21, 2011, 06:06 PM report to moderator
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Dang, I’m only 12…

Posted by jammjcpotter on June 21, 2011, 06:15 PM report to moderator
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I remember reading SS in high school. I wasn’t a big reader, but my mom told me I would like it. I fell in love right away and had to rush to finish so I could go see the first movie which was in theathers.

Posted by allprostar31 on June 21, 2011, 06:21 PM report to moderator
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My frist time reading the Harry Potter books was when I was ten, After I read the books I asked my mom if my Hogwarts letter ever came. Of course she had no idea what Hogwarts was and she thought I was just being silly.

Posted by Eve on June 21, 2011, 06:32 PM report to moderator
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I remember I was in first grade and my parents had told me I was too young to read harry potter books and understand them. My mother had read it along with my older sister, so it had become somewhat of a family tradition. Being stubborn (and in love with the movie), one Sunday morning i sat down and decided to read the series. I remember sitting in my pink whale pjs on my bed and reading our collectors edition of the first book. From that point on the Harry Potter books were a huge part of my life, being the first real books i ever read.

Posted by hpfans30 on June 21, 2011, 06:32 PM report to moderator
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I love reading everyone else’s stories.. _

Posted by RubeusHagrid on June 21, 2011, 06:40 PM report to moderator
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i was in 4th grade and my grandma had come back from new mexico for a visit telling me she had an amazing book she wanted to read to me. for the week that she stayed each night she would read to me til i fell asleep. then going to school upset that she had to leave and had forgot to leave me the rest of the book i had got my teacher to let me borrow her copy for the books, so i started over but i got to read them one by one and i still to this day thank my grandma for getting me into the harry potter world

Posted by reed2308 on June 21, 2011, 06:45 PM report to moderator
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My first memory of Harry Potter is of checking out the first book from my elementary school library. I brought it home and read a few chapters then put it down, i was in about 3rd grade at this time and had never really been a fan of reading. I had to return the book but went out and bought it I picked it up again and spent the whole night on that Friday reading it. I remember running down to my mum all excited that I had finished my first book and going off about how amazing of a story it was and how when i turned of age I wanted a letter to come from Hogwarts! This was also a week before the first movie came out and I begged her to take me to see it the day it opened!

Posted by Ravenclaw010 on June 21, 2011, 07:09 PM report to moderator
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I was reluctant to start reading harry potter when it first became popular, but on the fourth of July in 2010 i was cleaning out a youth center and found the first book. I sat down, read it and finished before dinner. Then i begged my mom to take me to a used book store to get the rest of the books because i couldn’t stop. I finished the series in a couple days but didn’t want to stop… so i haven’t. I have read out of my used torn up harry potter books every day since then.

Posted by Jessieadele on June 21, 2011, 07:11 PM report to moderator
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The first time I ever read a Harry potter was actually Prisoner of Azcaban. I didn’t know much about the books at the time, I was still pretty young. My parents took my little brother and me to Costco, or it might have been Price Club or something at the time, and I saw the book, picked it up, and started reading. My parents, seeing the opportunity to encourage me to read, bought me the book, and that night, I stayed up all night reading to my brother, who wanted to hear the story too, but was not a strong enough reader for the book. Needless to say, I eventually got my hands on the others and read them too :)

Posted by BeachPhoenix on June 21, 2011, 07:14 PM report to moderator
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Oh my…I remember when I first read Harry Potter. It was in first grade and my mum got me the first book. I believe I got nightmares from it, so I never finished it until later on. Oddly enough, though, I skipped to the second one and had more nightmares… Yes, it’s a bit weird. But we went and saw the first movie, my family and I, and I was fine with it. After that, I went back and reread the books without suffering from nightmares.
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I’m just weird, aren’t I?

Posted by nevernoticed_93 on June 21, 2011, 07:29 PM report to moderator
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I don’t live in the U.S. and I’m only 12, but I’m going to post my story anyway. When I was really young my sisters were huge fans of Harry Potter, but I was really scared of it. The first time I heard of Harry Potter was when my sisters went to the movie theatre to watch GoF. I wasn’t allowed to go because I was too young. My first memory of watching the movies was when I was about 8 years old and my sisters were watching PoA. I walked into the room at the part where Harry was on the Knight Bus and the first thing I saw was the shrunken head and because I was so paranoid of HP I thought the shrunken head was somebody outside the bus trying to break in. I ran out of the room. A while later I decided to try watching PoA again and I loved it. I watched all the other HP films and have been a huge fan ever since! My first memory of reading HP was when I was about 10 years old. I didn’t like reading but I was really bored and my sister had just bought the HP series and because I really liked the movies, I wanted to find out what the books were like. So I got out my sisters copy of SS/PS and started reading. I absolutely loved the first line and I sat there on my sisters bed for hours and hours reading. Ever since I read the HP books I have loved to read. I have now read the HP books multiple times along with millions of other books. I introduced Harry to 2 of my best friends and now they are HP fans too. I went from being someone who didn’t like to read to being someone who can’t stop reading and I am proud to say that reading is probably my favorite thing to do and Harry Potter is my favorite thing to read.
Thank you so much to J.K.Rowling and her phenomenal Harry Potter
series!

Posted by harry potter fan #1 on June 21, 2011, 07:33 PM report to moderator
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Ooooh i will try it out!
Everyone has a concept of what witches were and i had to play one in a school play but Harry Potter was way different than a stereotypical witch they describe in fantasy stories.
My first memory of Harry Potter was when the third movie came out and my friend Melissa took me to my first midnight premiere to the movie. I was amazed at how obessed the fans could get. I loved the whole concept of the premieres and book parties. Then i realized i am 11 years old and i can read the books on my own. When i picked up the first book, i could not put it down. It was like a pure addiction and i had to start the second one when i finished the first. It was a series i could finish on my own and be proud that i can read. The books made me realize i can finish other series as well. I took the books on vacations because it was a comfort to me if i was ever homesick and i could be sucked into a magical world and be safe.
When i was into the magical world, i could relate the characters to all my friends and even my teachers. I always wished my middle school and high school could be like hogwarts! Like i wanted to live in that world and i always wondered what it would be like in the real world. I am proud i got into this series and found such loving and caring fans! The fans i meet are amazing! <3 I couldn’t ask for anything better! I loved Jo Rowlings pure imagination and i am glad my childhood was based on Harry Potter. I don’t know where i would be without it. I am still amazed at her creation and what it has lead to <3 and im glad i got hooked into the series.

Posted by handhrfan18 on June 21, 2011, 07:52 PM report to moderator
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I remember just getting my first teaching job at an elementary school in 2002. Many of the kids were already fascinated with the books that were out, but I just didn’t understand the fascination. Granted, I didn’t know anything about the series other than it was about witches and wizards.

Right before our Christmas break, I went to the school’s library and checked out the first book just to see about all of the hype. Once I got home and started reading, I could not put the book down! I stayed up all night reading.

Thankfully, we have workdays that we can work over the break and the building is open. The next morning, I immediately went back to the library and grabbed the next three books. I stayed entertained over that break. I just could not stop reading!

That started my love for the series. I have a bunch of students to thank for that!

Posted by Diznee on June 21, 2011, 07:58 PM report to moderator
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I believe I was 9 years old, getting ready to turn 10. I had resisted the Harry Potter books for the entire school year, thinking that a children’s book version of wizardry and witchcraft HAD to be stupid. Then, one fateful March day, after I had read all of the other books on display in my teacher’s classroom, I picked up a softcover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and took it home with me. From the moment I picked the book up, I was unable to put it down. My first true love was the Harry Potter world. I read through the book hungrily, as though I was possessed. I remember wishing that I could be a part of this world, that I could be friends with Harry and Hermione and Ron. When I think back to the actual memory, I remember sitting on a blue fold-out mattress in my little brother’s room, reading as fast as I could. Bed time came, and I didn’t stop reading. When I got to the last page, I flipped the book over and read it again before I fell asleep that night. I knew that the next day, I would be checking out the Chamber of Secrets from the library as soon as I got to school. Now, 12 years later, Harry Potter is the one thing that I can say is still a major part of my life.

Posted by ashiiblack on June 21, 2011, 08:00 PM report to moderator
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