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
@Lilyverus I loved that!! I was like you too! I couldn’t stand the troll and I actually had to leave the cinema during the chess scene because I got too scared. When I finally watched the whole movie I had nightmares for about a year that centered around Voldemort :D
Too bad I don’t live in the US… :(
I first got into Harry Potter by my daughter. I had major surgery and was laid up in bed for a long time. One day she came to me and said that she was going to start reading me Harry Potter because she thought I would really like the books and the characters. So every day after school she would come home read to me. I just fell in love with Harry, all of his friends, Hogwarts, Hedwig and every person he was involved with. Now I am the biggest Harry Potter Fan out there. Thank you Jessica for bringing Harry into my life :)
I was in the 6th grade, on spring break. My aunt, cousins and I were flying to G.a. spending a few nights there, and then flying to Daytona Beach in Fl. The trip started out awful, got car sick on the way to F.L. Found out the hard way I didnt like the ocean or the sand. I also got a full blown ear infeaction. I spent 4 days stuck in our hotel room. On the 2nd day my Aunt found the 1st Harry Potter book, at a gift shop and bought it for me. Within Mintues I was hooked, and I couldnt put the book down. Harry Potter turned my horrible vacation into one amazing unforgettable trip. It took me to a place, that took the ear pain and eveyrthing else going on in my life away, and took to me a magical place! it was amazng. Harry Potter through out the years, has taken me to a wonderful place, full of friends, love, life and MAGIC! it was epic, and wonderful. Everytime I read the books, it takes me back. I love these books, and how they take me away from real life for the time I am reading them. :)
Honestly? I was working as a Front Desk Clerk at a Marriott hotel. It was my first year out of high school and I had been reading adult books for five years. I had turned my nose up at Harry Potter books before, but I had finished the book I had been reading and needed something else to read. So I bought Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. About a week later I bought the next three books. Not only did it open me to the world of YA literature and fantasy (which I truly love) but I am now working as a Young Adult Librarian and it is more unusual for me to read an adult title then young adult these days. If I hadn’t picked up that book, I don’t know that I would have discovered my love for YA lit and be a librarian today.
When I first read Harry Potter I was in 6th grade I had already seen movies 1-5 (because my mom loved the books) but, I had just started to get into books and the series was of course one of the first suggested to me. I know it was around spring and probably late February or early March. I had read the entire series in about 6 days and afterward i spent about a month reading them over and over again. The books have been my favorite ever since. Never has a different book or story been able to replace them from my heart. The books opened my eyes to magic, adventure, and most importantly to me writing. After I read them I started writing, I am now actually working on a book all because J.K. Rowling opened my eyes to a place where werewolves howled, magic was real, and people could talk to snakes. Before I read these books I had to see something to beleive it, I hated Halloween because I thought it was stupid to dress up like make beleive monsters and such, and I could barely stand books. Now I beleive that anything and everything is possible, Halloween is by far my favorite holiday, and the my friends literally have to pry me from the library. I can honestly say that Harry Potter changed my life as well as my perspective on it. I am forever greatful to J.K. Rowling for letting me, as well as the rest of you, into her world.
I remember finding this book at out local library one summer after school was over. I read the first chapter and I was so transfixed. I remember exactly where I sat and and that it was 4pm. Crazy. For me summers became synonmis with Harry Potter. Every night I would reach a chapter. I read the series every summer now.
I was talking to a friend on the phone and asked her what she was reading. She sheepishly said “You’re not going to believe it.” “Come on. What?” I asked. “Harry Potter” she said and in the most serious voice she added…“YOU need to read this.” I chuckled and said I would take a look at it. Two days later I am at a Target buying toilet paper and cleaning supplies and I see the first book on the shelf. I Picked it up along with three other books. I went home and first read Bridget Jones’ Diary in about 2 hours then picked up The Sorcerer’s Stone the same night. I laid in bed and four hours and fifteen minutes later I was done. My life had changed. I hadn’t felt that way since I was a child. J.K. Rowling was a genius and I discovered a passion for something that I have never experienced like that before. I am grateful and forever changed.
Wow! These are the most comments I’ve seen on something in a while.
Ten years ago, I was looking for a new book to read with my daughter and HP was recommended. We have read/watched all of the HP books and movies together! It has been a magical experience to share together, including a trip to London to be a part of the 6th movie premiere! Even now at 18 years old she is looking forward to going with me to see the final movie! Thank you J.K R. & Warner Bros.
My kindergarten teacher recommended Sorcerer’s Stone to my mom and told her I should read it over the summer before first grade. My sister had just been born so my family’s tradition of reading together (to me) every night had to be changed to just my dad and me so my mom could deal with the baby. He read the first chapter aloud to me one night and then asked me if I wanted to keep going to hear the rest. Of course I said yes, I thought I’d give it a shot. Little did I know then how that book would impact my life forever.
At first I didn’t want to read Harry Potter (gasp!) I thought it was stupid and since everyone liked I certainly was NOT going to (You can see how well that worked for me :P) My earliest memory with Harry is when my cousin Noah and I were naming my Grandma’s pet cats and he wanted to name one “Ronald like in Harry Potter” I was beside myself NO NO NO NO HARRY POTTER. Later that day we were sitting on the glider and I was giving him my opinion about the rules of magic. That was my favorite thing to talk about and he said, “Emma you really should read Harry Potter I bet you’ll love it.” That night the seventh book was released and I watched it all on my Grandma’s TV, because I had nothing better not do of course ;). When I returned home I went into my computer room where the bookshelf was and I picked up The Sorcerers Stone my mom came in and said “Oh I like that book I read it when I was pregnant with you.” I was bored, I had nothing better to do so I picked up the book read the first couple pages thought it was dumb (the horror!) and put in down on a chair. About a week later I came in and saw the book exactly where I left it, I picked it up, tilted my head, and started to read. I had no idea I had just made the most life-changing decision. I loved it.I simply loved it I didn’t think abouth aything else in the week that I read it. I was so caught up with the trio and Snape and Quidditch, that the real world felt more like a fantasy than the world of Potter did. I was so certain that Snape was evil and so suprised that Quirell turned out to be the evil one. As sonn as I finished all I could think about was getting book two. My family all thought I was just going through the Potter phase whitch surley wouldn’t last more than a month. And yet here I stand five years later. I can’t even put into words how much Harry has changed my life. “If you read this Harry we’re all behind you” “Long Live Harry Potter” :D
I am so excited! i love harry potter and five years ago when i first picked up one of the books they affected me a lot more then i thought they would. i learned so much about the real world from a fantasy book it was and still is amazing. I LOVE HARRY POTTER for teaching me that love kills evil. i love snape for teaching me that people can change if they really want to. i love luna for teaching me to always stay true to my self even when it’s hard. I love hermione for teaching me that girls are strong and even if you don’t have an easy background you can still succeed if you put your mind to it. I love ron and the weaslys for teaching me what loyalty truly is. i really look forward to the book of letters to see what other fans read from harry potter.
my first memory of harry potter was when i was little and walking through a half-price books store with my mom. we got to a sales cart that was selling the harry potter books 1-3 for a dollar my mother told me how much she liked the first three books and told me that they were good too. we got the books and she started reading the first one to me but told me that it was hard for her to read out loud so i read it on my own i remember finishing the first book in the blink of and eye and being 8 years old and learning the books they affected me a lot more then i thought they would. i learned so much about the real world from a fantasy book it was and still is amazing. I LOVE HARRY POTTER for teaching me that love kills evil. i love snape for teaching me that people can change if they really want to. i love luna for teaching me to always stay true to my self even when it’s hard. I love hermione for teaching me that girls are strong and even if you don’t have an easy background you can still succeed if you put your mind to it. I love ron and the weaslys for teaching me what loyalty truly is. shortly after i finished the books and love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i really look forward to the book of letters to see what other fans read from harry potter.