the brief span of just one decade, hundreds of millions of perfectly
ordinary people made history: they became the only ones who would
remember what it was like when the Harry Potter saga was still
unfinished. What it was like to seek out friends, families, online
forums, fan fiction, and podcasts to get a fix between novels. When the
death of a character was a hotter bet than the World Series. When the
unfolding story of a boy wizard changed the way books are read for all
And as webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron, one of the most popular Harry
Potter sites on the Internet, Melissa Anelli had a front row seat to it
all. Whether it was helping Scholastic stop leaks and track down
counterfeiters, hosting live PotterCasts at bookstores across the
country, touring with the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters, or
traveling to Edinburgh to interview J. K. Rowling personally, Melissa
was at the center of the Harry Potter tornado, and nothing about her
life would ever be the same.
The Harry Potter books are a triumph of the imagination that did far
more than break sales records for all time. They restored the world’s
sense of wonder and took on a magical life of their own. Now the series
has ended, but the story is not over. With remembrances from J. K.
Rowling’s editors, agents, publicists, fans, and Rowling herself,
Melissa Anelli takes us on a personal journey through every aspect of
the Harry Potter phenomenon—from his very first spell to his lasting
impact on the way we live and dream. Download and start listening now!