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How did you first encounter Harry Potter?

This is sparked by a locked entry on my f-list, one of the many asking for NO SPOILERS PLEASE but also telling a story of an impulse purchase of the first book in Inverness in August 1999 and then the saga of getting into online fandom.

My own story of how I read Harry Potter is marginally interesting, so as my sole contribution to the current hype I will recount it here. It was during my first visit to Kosovo, in March 2000, and I spent a long evening renewing contact with some American friends telling me what they were doing in order to avoid going mad in those rather tense days. One of them was reading the Harry Potter books; she was the first person I had met who had done so and I was convinced at least to try them out.

On my way back, passing through Vienna Airport, I saw the rather attractive "grown-up" versions of the first two books and bought them there and then, getting the third one on my return to Brussels. I was especially impressed by Prisoner of Azkaban which I still think is the best of the six so far. As the others come out, I have been reading them diligently, though not with quite the same air of dedication as some people!

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mizkit
Jul. 20th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
I picked up the first book in, let's see. My booklist tells me I read the first two books July 8 and 9, 2000. I found them to be perfectly adequate young adult fantasy, but nothing all that exciting, and my opinion hasn't changed. But I've read them all, and Ted and I will be going to pick up his reserved copy at midnight tonight, because we've never done that before and it sounds fun. :)
sammywol
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Might see you there :)
mizkit
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
At Waterstone's?
sammywol
Jul. 20th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Actually Mr Wol has gone to bed with a sick headache so will not sneak out to the shops in case of him being left to deal with wakeful offspring. BAH! I hates my conscience sometimes.

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