Leaky's Dear Mr Potter Daily Giveaway
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
I am 42 years old and just finished reading all 7 books for the first time. I just discovered the Wizarding World early last year with my then 12 year old son. We started reading the books together and it lead to an even better bond between us. Since then we have: met Alan Rickman at a playhouse in Brooklyn, Met Daniel Radcliffe after a performance on Broadway and enjoyed the theme park in Florida. I’ve never enjoyed anything with him as much as the books and movies of Harry Potter.
I first decided to read Harry Potter when Sorceror’s Stone came out when I was in the fourth grade. I heard some friends at school talking about it, but my mother forbade me from reading it due to the fact that she thought it would promote witchcraft.
The rebellious spirit in me took over and I got the book from the school library and read it in secret. I remember sitting underneath the tree in my front yard reading it, completely shut off to the sounds of being outside. I was entranced with that novel and would be with the 6 more to come.
When Chamber of Secrets came out I asked my mom to buy it for me. She told me I wasn’t allowed to read it, but I told her, with a smile, that it was too late. Now she completely embraces the Harry Potter nerd in me :)
I am glad I decided to ‘rebel’ and pick up a book from the school library that would end up meaning so much to me and so many others. If I hadn’t read Sorceror’s Stone I may have never started the series later. I am thankful for making that rebellious decision that would come to change my life forever.
I remember my cousin gave me my first ever Harry Potter book, along with a red ribbon bookmark with a gold heart attached to it, when I was seven years old. The first chapter, which at first introduces the Dursleys, was a bit tedious for me, a seven-year-old girl with a bit of a reading problem. However, not too long after I received the book, my family and I saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone at the movies. I remember watching it and thinking, “Wow! This is such an awesome story! I loved the movie! Now I have to read the books!”, or something like that. So I finished reading The Sorcerer’s Stone, and I have been obsessed with Harry Potter ever since. Harry Potter truly taught me to believe in magic, and it helped me love books and reading.
A few Christmas’s before “GOBLET OF FIRE” was released, I purchased “SORCERER’S STONE” as a gift for my niece. I knew she enjoyed reading, and I heard Harry Potter was popular with children. I didn’t think of the book again until a local newspaper printed a portion of the first chapter of ‘GOBLET OF FIRE" as a tease for the newest book. From the moment I finished the newspaper article, I had to not only find out what happened next in the story I started, I had to learn how it all began. I went to the bookstore that day and bought the paperback editions of "SORCERER’S STONE", and ‘CHAMBER OF SECRETS". Over the next few days, I read those two books, returned to the book store, bought those titles in hard cover as well as the hard cover editions of “PRISONER OF AZKABAN” and ’THE GOBLET OF FIRE". Because of work, it took me about nine days to read the other two books. I became one of the millions of “midnight purchasers” for each of the last three books, reading the books that weekend. If not for the chance reading of a portion of the opening chapter of ’HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE" printed in the newspaper, I may never have experienced the pleasure of following Harry’s adventures as well as the anticipations of waiting for the stroke of midnight when Harry’s newest adventure was released to the world.
My first time reading Harry Potter, I was 8 years old. I didn’t know how much of an impact this series would have on me. I didn’t know that just a few years later, I would be known at school as “that girl who likes Harry Potter”. All I knew at the time was that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone sounded like a book I wanted to read. My sister had already read the first 4 books (because that was all that was out so far), and she told me how great they were, so I borrowed my sister’s copy and read it. I had already seen the first film, so the entire time I was reading the book I would think, “This wasn’t in the movie!” My favorite chapter was The Midnight Duel, so I was mad that they left it out of the movie. I ended up finishing the first four books within about a month. Then, we went to the midnight release party for Order of the Phoenix that summer.
The first time I read Harry Potter, it was the summer before second grade. (Previously, I had seen the first two films, and my parents had read parts of the first two books to me.) I had just lost a tooth, so, of course, the Tooth Fairy was coming. To my surprise, I woke to find a brand-new copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix under my pillow! My dad and I were leaving for a road trip to Minnesota, which gave much time for reading. It would take many late nights alone in my bedroom reading until the 870-page book would be finished. Order of the Phoenix was my deepest entry so far into Jo Rowling’s magical world. To her I am forever indebted.
I started reading Harry Potter when I was in Kindergarten with my mom! We read the book together and it has helped make me who I am today! Just those few hours have made me myself. We would read at night and argue on how to pronounce the names….Hermione (Her-me-one?) haha! That was fun! We wondered into the world of Harry Potter and became wizard and witch. JK Rowling has changed our lives for the better!
I was six years old when my parents started reading Harry Potter to my brother and me. We had just moved to Israel, and in the process lost books one and two, so they started with the third one.
I remember that very first sentence: “Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.” I was hooked. I had never been one for reading – my brother was a jock, and I figured that I had to keep up with him, so I never got into reading. But this… this was magical. We got one chapter in, and my dad called it an evening. I wanted to protest, because it was hardly fair! From the beginning, I wanted to know everything I could. It was magic. There is literally no other word for it.
When everyone was asleep, I grabbed the book from the dining room table, and I sat up all night, struggling through it with a crayon in hand. I think it might have been the first time I stayed up past nine at night. I still have that copy of PoA, which the words I didn’t understand underlined. You can still tell where I took a break, because I underlined the last sentence I had read.
It took a few days for me to get through the third book that first time, and that whole week was one of the fondest childhood memories I have. When I finally got the first and second books, I devoured them. I can still remember finishing the third book, the thrum of victory and exhaustion in my ears. It was like Harry’s first flight – the world of Hogwarts and Diagon Alley came alive for me. It was in the middle of reading that book that I understood that all the kids books I had been forced to read for school had authors – storytellers. People who had placed a pen to a page and crafted that story
In those early hours of the morning, understanding that epiphany, I wanted nothing more than to be one of those writers. With what feels like a single sentence, Rowling turned me into the class bookworm, and gave me the answer to Rilke’s famous question. Must I write? My answer, when I was six years old, reading the third book in a series I had never heard of before, was yes. This business of crafting worlds out of words… there may be no true spells or potions in our world, but I swear to this day that Rowling must be some kind of wizard, because it was magic.
“Harry Potter is a highly unusual boy in many ways.” I will forever remember those as the words that changed my life. I was hooked. And more than a decade later, I still am.
Like I said; magic.
I didn’t like reading before I read Harry Potter; Well I still don’t like reading, but I do like reading Harry Potter. I think that is some movement in a positive direction.
I remember the day I first experienced Harry Potter so clearly. It was summer of 2000 when I was 9, and I remember even though it was gorgeous outside, I stayed in reading over the next several days. I loved the series instantly and was always dying for the next installment. I’ve always loved reading but Harry Potter was something that I could re-read a hundred times and never get tired of. The books changed my life. I always tried to be everything a Gryffindor would be, just incase. Now, 11 years later I’m still completely captivated by the series and owe so much to Jo for the magic she has created in my life. Hogwarts will always be real to me.
I read the first book after the 4th book was released. I borrowed a copy to see what the fuss was all about. You know, it’s only a kids book. hahaha. Yeah, I have all the hardcover books and still enjoy them along with the movies.
It wasn’t a normal experience. And a little foggy. I know I didn’t read the book until after I saw the movie, but man did it make a huge impact. I was immediantly swept up in the books. And still am. Anytime I don’t have a book to read, I pick up a random one and immerse myself in the Wizarding World. If I went back to myself after reading the first book, I would of taken a picture. It probably would of looked like I was struck by lightning. And it really impacted my life and decisons. Now I think, WWHD? (What would Harry do?)
Shortly after the third book came out, I found all 3 in a thrift shop for $1 a piece. I’d heard so much about the books but had no idea what all the fuss was about. Being a life-long avid reader, I decided to lay down my 3 bucks and give the books a go. I started reading the first and thought it was a pleasant read. By the middle of the book, I was completely hooked. I felt like I’d found home and I never wanted to leave.
I was ten years old at the time (2004), and a friend had just given me the box set of Books 1-4 for Christmas. Reading had already been a hobby of mine, so I couldn’t wait to get started on them. I’d heard a lot about Harry Potter (who hasn’t?) but had only seen the first three movies. No one had pressured me to read Harry Potter before. I remember itching to read Prisoner of Azkaban that night, because the film adaptation had just come out.
After struggling to understand a whole bunch of new, foreign terms, I knew I had to start from the very beginning (Philosopher’s Stone) if I were to have any idea what was going on in the story. I couldn’t have taken more than 3 weeks to tackle all four books. I was hooked. Naturally, I rushed off to borrow Order of the Phoenix. And so my current, long-lasting obsession with Harry Potter began.
I first found out about Harry Potter in fourth grade when my school announced that we would be going to see the first movie. I had never heard of it before but when I went home I saw that my sister had Sorcerer’s Stone on her bookshelf. Knowing that I would soon be seeing the movie, I decided I wanted to read the book first and so I borrowed it from her. I remember I spent hours laying on my bed reading, I just couldn’t put the book down. I would skip recess in school so that I could read more and I would hide my book under my pillow so that I could stay up half the night and read, no matter how tired I was the next day. I wasn’t just reading this book, it was like I had actually entered into this magical world. It was simply incredible.