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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!


Jul. 20th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
I was home from university for a few days and got asked to take my baby brother to the bookshop to pick up his reserved copy of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". I was a bit bemused because so far I'd been the only bookworm of the children, but did so, and was astounded to see baby brother hooked on the book for the next n hours. This was pretty much the first I'd heard of this Harry Potter.

So I read the two books he already had, on the basis that if it could get him hooked, it was probably worth it.

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