USA Today Features “Harry, A History” by Melissa Anelli

Nov 04, 2008

Posted by: SueTLC


Today, Harry, A History, the new book about the Harry Potter phenomenon written by TLC webmistress Melissa Anelli, has officially been released. As such, the USA Today newspaper takes a closer look at the book, with an article that also contains new comments from Melissa who says that the world of Harry Potter “is so pleasant to spend time in,” and the world of the online fandom such as we have here at the Leaky Cauldron “is still a joy every day. There are still people doing fan art, discussing the books.”

With editor Jennifer Heddle saying “it will appeal to both hard-core fans and casual readers,” the article notes that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling did write the foreward to Harry, A History, as “Rowling reveals it wasn’t until 2002 ” five years after her first Harry
book ” that she went online and looked at the vast Potter Web world.
“The tale of the online fandom is every bit as extraordinary as Harry’s
own,” she writes, “and it has left me with a feeling of awe and

As the series is now complete, there are some fans still holding out hope for more from the beloved magical world of Harry Potter, and Melissa weighs in on the matter: “I do think there is a chance,” she says. “If she returns to it, the
book will be about Albus Severus Potter (son of Harry and Ginny
Potter). The eighth book they said would never happen!”

You can find out more about Harry, A History via the book’s website, or discuss your thoughts and reactions to the book, here in our forums. Harry, A History is available now.

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