Harry, a History by Melissa Anelli
Review by: Lauren
Harry, a History is Melissa's, the webmistress of The Leaky Caudron, story. It's not just hers however. It's ours: the ones who read the books, see the movies, make bands based on the world of Harry Potter, and more. Throughout this book, you learn more about Melissa and how she became a part of the The Leaky Cauldron, which led her to meeting Jamie Waylett (Crabbe), Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and even J.K. Rowling herself, just to name a few. This regular girl from New York began like most of us did: she read a book and fell in love. With that love, she began to research and write about Harry Potter, eventually becoming a central figure in the world of all things HP.
As a fan of Harry Potter, from the age of 8 to 18, I was very excited to read this novel that gave words to the life that many of us have been living. I never formed my own band nor did I start a Harry Potter website, but I could relate to a lot of the pheneomenon from the books to the movies (and I love both!), to reading and even writing fan fiction, to listening and rocking out to Wizard Rock, and above all, being a part of this huge fandom. My sister and I always say how it's great to have lived through the "Harry Potter years". As we get older, those that read the books for the first time will have them all laid out on a shelf. They won't know the thrill of waiting and guessing! And yes, it was a thrill. It was fun and exciting, and Melissa does a great job writing this all out for those of us that get it and for those that have yet have too understand.
Harry, a History is a must-read for any Harry Potter fan, of course, but it's also a great look into a world that maybe you weren't taking part in. Though all seven books are now out, Harry Potter hasn't died out and everyone is welcome to join in the celebration with others of different ages, races, and languages. It's a world-wide event, so have fun!
Recommended? HELL YES!
And guess what? J.K. Rowling likes the book as well! In fact, as the book cover above states, she wrote the foreword. I don't know anyone better to put their stamp of approval on this novel. :)