Harry, A History : The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon
Penguin, 2008. First edition, first printing. A near fine paperback copy.
Harry: A History, chronicles the six months leading up to the publication of Book 7; including a foreword written by J.K. Rowling herself and an exclusive, never-before-seen two-day interview with Jo about Harry: A History, this book is a must-read for any Harry Potter Superfan. Melissa knows all too well that the Pope thinks Harry Potter should be banned, choosing sides in the Harry/Hermione v. Ron/Hermione war can lead to death threats, and the books' continuity editor needs to lock her office door when going to the bathroom to keep colleagues out. Melissa will not only capture her experience with the series over the past ten years, but also the emotions of lay readers and devoted fans. Unlike much popular narrative non-fiction, Melissa's book does not unearth a little-known subculture or dismissed facet of our lives; it makes us rethink the most mainstream book of our day and its impact. Harry: A History is not a companion book, but a thorough study of an international shift in culture.