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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.
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147 Comments

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277 Points

My parents bought me the first 3 together, and I picked up POA and started reading it, not realising it was the 3rd, not the 1st! Eventually figured it out =P makes me laugh now, I’ve read them all so many times, they have helped me so much and I am now so excited to find out what pottermore is and to see DH part 2!

Posted by eccentricalice on June 22, 2011, 01:52 AM report to moderator
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Believe it or not, the first time I picked up Harry Potter was when I’d moved in with my current roommates and they were all clamoring to see DH1 in theaters, and they’d invited me along. Stubborn as I am, I refused to go see it with them until I’d read all the books, as is my usual stance on viewing films based upon books. I just like to exercise the option of using my imagination to flesh out the author’s words before seeing them illustrated and embellished for me by others.

Now it’s true I’d seen snippets of the earlier movies when hanging out with my family over, say, Thanksgiving or Christmas, but as what I saw was often viewed out of context, I usually missed the nuances or subtext intentions of any given character. So, to answer your question, the first thing that struck my mind was how easily I was immersed in this parallel world of witchcraft that existed alongside our own. I was instantly sucked into the books, feeling affinity for orphaned Harry, the warm Weasleys, and know-it-all Hermione. I’m re-reading them again before seeing DH2. At this point, I think I’d be in love with Severus Snape if he ever were to exist in real life.

Posted by owlchick on June 22, 2011, 01:59 AM report to moderator
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I had received the first two books when the first movie came out. I had convinced myself that the Harry Potter books were for boys, and I was NOT going to read them. Then I went to see the movie. I was enraptured. I fell in love with the entire series. I was utterly amazed at how much the first movie actually left out, yet I was still captivated by the special effects, and the flow of the story. After I read the first book at an alramingly fast pace, I began, and finished, reading the next three books. I went to the midnight release for the next book, and stayed up all night reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. When the sixth book came out, I was at church camp. My wonderful mother and grandmother went to the midnight release and brought me the book and all of the goodies they could find me. I read that book in two days. I went to the midnight release of the seventh book, and got my ultimate limited edition copy. I could not put it down until I was finished. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was an additional appendage for about three days. I have been to the midnight release of every movie since Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. For the last film, I attended a Yule Ball and dressed up like Ginny Weasley (I have red hair naturally), and my fiance went dressed as Harry Potter. I am a die hard fan. I love each and every one of these books. I am so proud and blessed to have grown up during the Pottermania, and be a part of this magical generation!

Posted by amanda.griswold on June 22, 2011, 02:23 AM report to moderator
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I remember picking up the first book, rather reluctantly, at the neighborhood bookstore. My mom had been nagging me forever to read the books (then there were only three as yet released) and I was steadfastly ignoring her advice (as every teenager does). I read a bit of the first chapter in the store, and then, seeing as my family was set on getting me to read it, I took it home. I was sure I would hate it, being a child who always disliked mainstream stuff, and couldn’t wait to prove to my family that they were wrong, yet again, about my tastes.

Well, I ended up being wrong. Very, very wrong. I ended up falling swiftly in love with the series. The characters were amazing, the plots breathtaking and the food sounded mouthwatering. I haven’t looked back since.

Posted by RemusRox on June 22, 2011, 06:26 AM report to moderator
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The fall of 2001 was a tough time for many reasons. On November 4th, a friend and coworker of mine was killed in a car accident driving back to school after a weekend at home. It was the first time I had lost someone my age that was a constant presence in my life. Then on November 8th, my great-grandmother passed away after a long battle with cancer and Emphazemia. She and I were incredibly close, despite her age. These two deaths in close proximity to each other left me devastated. In fact, instead of attending my friend’s funeral, my family and I were flying to Indiana. Before leaving, one of my roommates and sorority sisters gave me a copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone. That book was my safe place during that emotionally distressing time. I can say that without having the Wizarding World to escape to, I probably wouldn’t have made it through everything.

Posted by BuffyXO {WBM} on June 22, 2011, 07:40 AM report to moderator
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my brother loved the books, but he told me they were too scary for me (i was 7 at the time, and i think he just wanted to keep them to himself), then, when i went for a sleepover at a friends house, her mom was reading the first book to her and her little brother. i loved what i heard and went home and stole the book off my brother’s bookshelf and then i was hooked. sadly, though, i was never there to speculate about what was to come. i sped through the books and was on the 5th one when book 7 came out.

Posted by pumpkin3 on June 22, 2011, 08:13 AM report to moderator
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My first memory of Harry Potter is shortly after I got the first three books for Christmas when I was in 7th grade (they were the only 3 out at the time). I sat down at the kitchen table to start reading the Sorcerers Stone, and shocked the heck out of my parents that I was actually reading lol. Probably thought I was sick! Back then I hated to read, and thanks to Harry Potter I’m now addicted to reading.

Posted by sboyer06 on June 22, 2011, 09:13 AM report to moderator
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Why just the US?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on June 22, 2011, 09:45 AM report to moderator
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When I was a child I loved to read and to be read to. Until 4th grade when we had to start writing book reports. That took all the fun out of reading for me. The only time I would read is when I had a school assignment. In the spring of 1999 I was taking a Literature K-12 class for my Masters Degree in Education. I remember thinking “How can I inspire students to read if I don’t enjoy reading.” I hoped this class would inspire me. One of our assignments was to do a “Book Talk”. You had to read a passage from a book, but leave it as a cliff hanger so that it would inspire kids to pick up the book and read. I remember going to Borders Books to look for a book for the assignment. On the shelves was this book I had never heard of called “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. There were only two copies on the shelf. I read the flap and thought it looked interesting, but then saw the length and thought, “There’s no way I can finish this book in a weekend for an assignment, better find a shorter book.” I put the book back on the shelf. Later in the Summer of 1999 I came across the book again and saw there was a sequel, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. I thought, “Why not”. So I ordered them both. As soon as I received the books and started reading, I was hooked from the moment Professor McGonagall transformed from a cat to a person. And then the line “Harry Potter, the boy who lived” just solidified it for me. I couldn’t read the book fast enough. I finished it and immediately started on Chamber of Secrets. When I found out that I’d have to wait one month until Prisoner of Azkaban was released I was horrified. I remember going to Borders on September 8th 1999 on my lunch hour. I was so afraid that they were going to sell out. There were maybe 2 dozen books on a display. After that I attended every midnight release and movie release. It started out with just my cousin and I and later on it grew to include more family members. That day in my college class I was looking for something to inspire me and I found it in Harry Potter. I am so grateful that Harry Potter turned me back into an avid reader.

Posted by bing1009 on June 22, 2011, 09:45 AM report to moderator
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I remember it so well, I could relive almost every moment of it. I was seven years old, at some point at the end of first grade. I had just watched the Sorcerer’s Stone movie in it’s entirety after seeing clips on Mother’s Day. The movies got me hooked but I loved it so much I needed more. So I asked my mom to read SS with me so I could record the pages for school. I would read it even though it was meant for older kids- like fifth and sixth graders. We went to work, and I only got through five pages on my own. And it took an hour. I still loved it. The actual words didn’t sink in because I was just trying to figure out what they were, but I still loved it. My mom read on from there. I tried reading it on my own again a few months later in second grade. It took about two months to finish but I did it! I was proud and stunned. I loved the books more than anything. It was so realistic, and everything worked so well that I actually believed (and sometimes I still do believe) that there was a world beyond the one I knew, with wizards good and bad, incredible magic, and friends that never left your side. From that moment on, Harry Potter was my complete refuge from the real world, into a place where everything was better. I could be anything, because it was all possible. Harry wasn’t ever going to leave me. They always understood.

Posted by JustOddBall on June 22, 2011, 09:47 AM report to moderator
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I asked for it for Christmas, and although my mom questioned why I wanted a book for Christmas, and kept the receipt in the book in case I wanted to take it back, I opened Harry on Christmas morning and proceeded to read it that day, then went out to get the other 2 (cos, poa ) the next day since that was all that was out at the time

Posted by queequeg on June 22, 2011, 10:07 AM report to moderator
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30 Points

It was about three or four years ago, when my grandmother bought me the series. I was so adamant about not reading thew series because it was ‘too popular’. Being the reader that I am, I blow through books really quickly, so I had no books to read. I took out The Deathly Hallows, and planned to read that one. I had no idea what was going on. It seemed like a pretty good book, so I picked up the others and had to give it a try.

Posted by RayeMonsturr on June 22, 2011, 10:14 AM report to moderator
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Its a loooong story…

Posted by Won_Two on June 22, 2011, 10:20 AM report to moderator
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Is it sad that was the mother of a 7 and 10 year old, 26 myself and loved the book more than they did? I was in awe! Laughed, cried, got mad… I read it twice in three months and conitinued to read all the books 5 times each! My family refuses to play “Harry Potter Scene It” with me! I have a shelf devoted to Potter! Cannot wait to read this and see the last film!!!

Posted by sistertigger on June 22, 2011, 11:00 AM report to moderator
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324 Points

My first memory was when i was about 5 years old and i used to watch the philosopher stone all the time and i would get so excited when i heard the music that comes on which is like dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dunnnnn-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dunnnnnn :D

Posted by Shona Macleod on June 22, 2011, 12:04 PM report to moderator
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