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Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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The subtitle of this book is, "The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon". The promise of the true story of a boy wizard and life inside the Harry Potter phenomenon were very lacking. "His Fans" (specifically Melissa and her friends) was the bulk of this book. Unfortunately, I was primarily interested in the other two.
The book jumps around so unforgivenly at times it gets very confusing. A chronological approach would have made more sense. Melissa was actually on the movie sets and presumably spoke with the actors, producers, etc., but there is far too little of that in the book. The author also seems to expect that you are a rabid fan of the Leaky Cauldron web site, which she runs. I say this because she glosses over some blogs and interviews that were apparently posted on the web site, mentioning some fact and then moving on. She actually lists several questions asked of Ms. Rowling that I would have liked to seen the answers for, but apparently the reader is already supposed to know the answers.
I don't blame Melissa for cashing in on her position - writing a book is the way to go these days. I'm disappointed, because this book could have been something much better: better organized, better information, and, frankly, better writing.
But it's not. It's a story about one young woman's unusual career path, and now she's getting a book out of it. She is a good writer, but since I don't know her friends or traveling companions (again, because I didn't follow the podcasts), a lot of this was of no interest to me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably one of the best "fandom from the inside out" texts I've ever read. Melissa Anelli clearly learned a lot from her hero, JK Rowling, as the pacing, attention to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew
I love Melissa Anelli, and I always have. I read this book when it was released in 2008 and really enjoyed her perspective on certain highlights from the Harry Potter fandom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DeLani
I can not be to hard on Harry, a History. This is for Hardcore Harry Potter fans. Melissa sounds very pleasant and I did enjoy a lot of this. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. Jared C. Serra
This is a FUN book. Any Harry Potter fan would love to spend some time with it. My nephew tries to steal it from me three times! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Variety IS the Spice of Life
I had always wished I became a part of the Harry Potter fandom a lot sooner, but reading this book made me feel as if I was a part of it all along thanks to Melissa. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Neda Zahra Gohar
The main, already well-covered gripe with this story is the deceptive way this memoir of one of Harry Potter's super fans is titled. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ardaric
This story isn't about Jo or Harry. If you thought you were going to gain some profound insights into the canon then you will be disappointed. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ashton Harmon