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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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The first Harry Potter book I read was CoS nine years ago. It was the summer between 7th and 8th grade and I was taking a science fiction and fantasy writing class. CoS was one of the required texts. I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to take the class because my mom had been opposed to Harry Potter, but she let me read it and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Posted by mrongey on June 21, 2011, 05:31 PM report to moderator
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Although it’s not my first memory, my favorite was definitely getting Prisoner of Azkaban as White Elephant Christmas gift. I’d read the first and second books already but I’d rented them from the school library (I’m from Los Angeles when they don’t do silly things like ban books). I finished it way too quickly just like the first two. Unfortunately the fourth book had been released yet but I was already feeling an overwhelming Edward Cullen-like thirst to return to Hogwarts. So what did I do? I reread Prisoner of Azkaban then Sorcerers and then Chamber. Thus starting a vicious cycle of Potter reads and rereads. To this day I have a difficult time rereading anything else; even my own college papers but I have no problem returning to Hogwarts.

Posted by shanerbaner on June 21, 2011, 05:33 PM report to moderator
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The first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone was when I was 14. It was given to me as a gift from my mom. Some friends of mine were reading it and I wanted to as well, but my mom would not get the book for me because she said it had to do with witchcraft. She ended up getting it for me because she could see that I was down due to her and my father getting a divorce. I loved the book instantly! It took me to a different place for awhile and ever since I read that book I have been obsessed with Harry Potter!

Posted by Kristina84 on June 21, 2011, 05:34 PM report to moderator
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I was the teacher for our school’s Gifted/Talented 6th Grade class, and near the very beginning of one special school year a group of girls came in singing a song about filling their brains with more than just fluff, (or so I thought), so I asked them what the song was about. One of the girls told me that her family had been to Scotland that summer, and she had a picked up a wonderful book about wizards at a special school called “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, and the song was sung by a hat to all of the new students. Yes, this lucky little girl was the owner of an original copy of the very first Harry Potter book. Needless to say, I didn’t think too much about it until the book was published in the US, and I remembered Holly’s book and the song her friends were singing. I bought myself a copy (the first of all of my 7 first editions), started reading the book, and became, well, a forever devotee.

Posted by Maestra2 on June 21, 2011, 05:35 PM report to moderator
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I was the teacher for our school’s Gifted/Talented 6th Grade class, and near the very beginning of one special school year a group of girls came in singing a song about filling their brains with more than just fluff, (or so I thought), so I asked them what the song was about. One of the girls told me that her family had been to Scotland that summer, and she had a picked up a wonderful book about wizards at a special school called “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, and the song was sung by a hat to all of the new students. Yes, this lucky little girl was the owner of an original copy of the very first Harry Potter book. Needless to say, I didn’t think too much about it until the book was published in the US, and I remembered Holly’s book and the song her friends were singing. I bought myself a copy (the first of all of my 7 first editions), started reading the book, and became, well, a forever devotee.

Posted by Maestra2 on June 21, 2011, 05:35 PM report to moderator
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I was in the second grade. I wasn’t a huge fan of books. We had just started really reading the year before, and it all seemed like such a bother.

I had gotten through one book (outside of school) by then. Dr. Seuss to be exact. And it took me months to get through, partly because I was disinterested in the whole reading process, and partly because I didn’t have much of a support system at home when it came to reading. My parents didn’t know much English at that point (we’re Argentinians), not enough to get me through entire books at least.

So, naturally, when our second grade teacher informed us that she was going to start reading us some book called “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, I was displeased. ‘Does she believe that we were going to be entertained by a book out of all things?’ I thought then. I wished she would have popped in a movie instead. Any movie.

I sat and listened though. After all, I had no choice being as young as I was. She read us a chapter the first day, another the next. And so and so forth until she had read us the entire book.

By the end, I was hooked. The book seemed so…lively. I couldn’t believe a book could do that sort of thing, actually seem real. I was in love.

That following summer I had began to pick out book after book. Short ones, naturally. The library became my home away from home.

Third grade hit then, and it was our first visit to our school library. Being the grade we were, we were allowed to get bigger books, thicker books. I was ecstatic. Searching through, I looked for anything that had a satisfactory summary. Something to really feed my book addiction.

Minutes in, and there it was…‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’. I picked it up, checked it out, and the rest was history.

Posted by devoraa on June 21, 2011, 05:39 PM report to moderator
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The first time I read Harry Potter was in fourth grade. We were given an hour that day to read whatever book we wanted, and I saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the bookshelf. I had been meaning to read it for a while; my parents were huge fans, and they would talk about it and dress up as the characters for Halloween, and I had always wanted to know what it was. But at that point, I did not read often; I had always meant to meant to read, but I never seemed to get around to it. But I was quickly hooked by Harry Potter. I borrowed the book from my teacher and finished it at home, and I re-read it, and read it again, until my mom told me that there’s a second book.

I’ve always been a fan of fantasy and magic, even since my toddler years when I obsessed myself over Peter Pan. But the world of Harry Potter was more than just a fantasy story; it was a whole world, and I never ran out of things to imagine, and the Wizarding World never fails to shock me with something new, even to this day. The books also inspired me to read more; who knew a set of books could create an entire world? And although I have been quite the bookworm since reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone that day in the fourth grade, and have read many amazing books, there has been none quite like Harry Potter.

Posted by roseteaxx on June 21, 2011, 05:42 PM report to moderator
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I started reading Harry to my son at bedtime. Halfway through the first chapter, he fell asleep and I was hooked beyond belief.

Posted by HicksPub on June 21, 2011, 05:47 PM report to moderator
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The first time I heard of the name “Harry Potter” was when my brother (age 9) wanted to go to that movie. My parents refused to go with him to the cinema’s, unless he’d read the book itself. So he did, but when he finished the book, the movie only still played in one cinema in the whole of netherlands, so my mother and brother made a mother-son-day of it and traveld by train (how fitting). I wanted to go along with them, but seeing as i was only 7, and I hadn’t read the books yet, I wasn’t aloud to come, because it was just the day for my brother and my mum. That years Christmas, we got Harry Potter and the Phylosophers Stone on VIDEO (yep, no dvd’s yet) from my english aunt and uncle, and the dutch version from our mum and dad. Now I could finaly see what all the fuss was about. The dutch version lay away, forgotten, because I immediately found the english version WAY more interresting. From the moment I saw dumbledore appear in privet drive, I knew I was going to love this story until the very end. The moment the movie was finished I read the book itself. I was hooked from the sentence: “Mr and Mrs Dursley were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much!” A couple months after I finished the first book, the second one came out, then a year later the third, then the fourth. By that time, also watching the movies the first day they were in the cinema’s, I started to become really good in english, thanks to the lovely british accent in the movies, I started reading the first 4 books that were already released, in english. When the books came out, waiting anxiously on the midnight release, I couldn’t wait to start reading them, and it therefore took me only about two days to read the whole thing, and then rereading it again and again and AGAIN in english. By the time the last book came out in 2007, I was 14, I started to realize the story was coming to an end. I cried and laughed with the last book, and enjoyed every single minute of it. Luckily, there were still the movies. I watched them at the midnight-premiere, my obsession/fanhood grew bigger and bigger, eventhough the story was finished. Now, 16 years old, I am awaiting eagerly, but also quite scared, for the 15th of july. The very, very end. No bookreleases, new movies or other huge anouncements to look forward to. I turn 17, just a few weeks after the movie comes out, and as we all know, one becomes an adult at the age of 17 (at least in the wizarding world) I really grew up with harry and his friends, loving him more and more each year, Harry Potter was a big part of my youth, and with that end so close by, I don’t think I wan’t to grow up no more, not if that means I have to leave harry.
At those moments, I’ll remember sirius: “The ones that love us, never really leave us, and you can always find them, in your heart”
Because there will harry potter remain, for the rest of my life.

Annemarieke, 16, the Netherlands

Posted by Annemarieke94 on June 21, 2011, 05:52 PM report to moderator
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My mom read them too me before i could read them, i remember loving them from the begining. Me and my friend in school had contest on who could read them frist, she always won because i took my time reading every detail over and over til it was in my brain :)

Posted by slytherinluver1 on June 21, 2011, 05:53 PM report to moderator
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I had resisted reading Harry Potter at first because of all the hype, even though I love fantasy literature. But a family of children I used to babysit for got hold of me, placed ’Philosopher’s Stone’ in my hands, and informed me that after I’d read that they would lend me nos. 2 and 3. (Those were all the ones that had been published at the time.) Well before I had finished them, I was thoroughly hooked, and I still am. (Don’t know if they are. They are grown up now. I’m suspect I’m not.)

I grew up with The Lord of the Rings, and was amazed to experience that same wonder with Harry Potter. I hadn’t thought it was something I would ever find again.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on June 21, 2011, 05:56 PM report to moderator
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I remember bringing it home from the school library; it was sticky and plastic covered the sparkling letters that read, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” I remember bouncing over to my best friend, Anne, and showing it to her by means of shoving the book in her face. “Look, Anne! I’m going to read it, too!” We were in the second grade. No matter that I’d not read the first book in the series! Frankly, I was just glad that Hermione was there to relate to once I cracked open the book for the first time. The Chamber of Secrets has been my favorite book ever since.

Posted by doctorginny on June 21, 2011, 05:57 PM report to moderator
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BTW I’m not in the US, but I wanted to tell the story anyway.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on June 21, 2011, 05:57 PM report to moderator
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When I read my first Harry Potter book, I was in the fifth grade. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had just come out, and I’d never seen a book so massive. I got it for my birthday that year, not knowing that it was the fourth book in a series, and read it day and night. I would sit in my bed, huddled under the covers with a flashlight so that my parents wouldn’t know I was up past my bedtime. I barely slept and spent every minute tearing through this book that was like nothing I’d ever read- the world was so real, and the story was incredible, and, best of all, the hero wasn’t much older than me.
It was love at first sight, really.

Posted by 123quarters on June 21, 2011, 06:03 PM report to moderator
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The first book I read was HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I know what you’re thinking! Why did I start on book 3? Well, I accidentally saw the first 3 movies on a Harry Potter weekend on ABC family. I saw the first one and got immediately hooked…but there was something really WRONG with the ending of POA! There was no end of year feeling…no Hogwarts train boarding….and I knew there had to be a lot that was left out. So, I started the series by listening to the 3rd book on CD. I fell head over heels for the books AND for the reader, Jim Dale. Pretty soon, I had my daughter interested, and we listened to the entire series as they came out. (When we started only books, 1-5 were out.) By then she had become a rabid fan (we built a Harry Potter Haven in her bedroom for all her collectibles). The two of us got my husband, who does NOT read, hooked along the way. I am proud to say that I no longer live in the “muggle” world. Our standard musical backdrop is either HP soundtracks or wizard rock, and we even got to go “home” to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando last summer! It was breathtaking! Harry Potter has been something that drew us together as a family, and will always be very special to us. I cant wait to introduce my grandchildren to the world of Potter someday!

Posted by ibmelodious on June 21, 2011, 06:05 PM report to moderator
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