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Library Journal Review
Anelli, webmistress of the wildly popular Harry Potter fan site The-Leaky-Cauldron.org, here tells the complete story of the Potter phenomenon, investigating such aspects of the Potter world as the musical movement Wizard Rock, the "cracking" of the New York Times best sellers list, and the support fans gave one another in the aftermath of 9/11. Read with feeling by Renee Raudman (A Weekend To Change Your Life), who moves the story flawlessly along with her distinct characterization, and with a foreword by J.K. Rowling. For Potter fans of all ages. [Audio clip available through www.tantor.com; the Pocket pb was recommended as "a worthwhile purchase" for "all libraries serving Potter fans," LJ 1/09.-Ed.]-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
With infectious, at times frenetic, excitement, Anelli presents two narratives in this hip report on how a boy wizard became a rock star. The first is a love letter to the fans of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter: a smart, creative, multinational, generation-spanning and technology-driven community. In the second, Anelli gives readers an exhaustive, if often jumbled, time line of Harry Potter's popularity. Appropriately for the webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron Web site, the author pays attention to the power of the Internet and its symbiotic relationship with fan communities, known as "fandoms." Anelli attributes the evolution of fandoms principally to Harry Potter--an error that ignores other fandom phenomena like Star Trek or The X-Files. As she details her work with the Leaky Cauldron, readers get a view into the publishing world and the impressive tale of Harry Potter's ascension. Anelli also shares sweet scenes of meeting Rowling and the actors who portray the characters in the films. Fans will recognize themselves in these pages, and the curious might finally understand their friends. (Nov. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
The words Harry Potter conjure up not only images of a successful seven-book series about a boy wizard but also the epic economic and cultural phenomenon it inspired. Author Anelli was front and center for much of this evolution and, as webmistress of the popular fan site the Leaky Cauldron, may even have contributed to it. Her painstakingly detailed account of the phenomenon's many aspects fan sites, fan fiction, movies, promotional tours, podcasts, rock bands, and more will be of interest primarily to hardcore devotees (and possibly, someday, to cultural anthropologists). Meanwhile, admirers of the books themselves will find less of interest here but will still enjoy the insider's glimpses Anelli offers of Harry's creator, J. K. Rowling, and of the series' publishing history, though there is little analysis of how the books changed people's attitudes toward reading and children's literature. Although she's not a particularly graceful writer, Anelli is a true believer, and her passionate devotion to all things Harry is often endearing and undeniably infectious.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2008 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Chronicling ten years of Pottermania, Anelli dishes up a revealing, delicious insider's view of "small groups of people acting in ways they shouldn't, doing things they usually wouldn't, and making the kind of history that, without Harry, they pretty much couldn't." As both a journalist and longtime webmistress of the "Leaky Cauldron" fan site, she's in a unique position to carry it off. Though she didn't become an active fan until the weary interval between Goblet of Fire (2000) and Order of the Phoenix (2003), she made up for lost time, diving into a whirlwind of networking, press junkets, touring podcasts and, to top it off, encounters with J.K. Rowling that evolved from deer-in-the-headlights hellos at public events to intimate interviews. The author also takes readers onstage with the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters, travels to Georgia for discomfiting conversations with would-be book-banner Laura Mallory and offers her own takes on such fannish topics as fanfic and spoilers, vividly capturing the exhilaration of being part of what was at once a community and a movement. (endnotes, bibliography, introduction by Rowling) (Memoir. 13 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.