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#1 2017-06-25 11:32:04

Olaf
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20th anniversary of Harry Potter

June 26th, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher´s Stone.

I only discovered Harry Potter about three years later, just before the third book was to be published in paperback. The first HP book was the first and still the only book I read twice back to back. Once I turned the final page, I immediately started again at the beginning:-)

I have never done that with another book.


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#2 2017-06-25 12:11:28

Sahi
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Re: 20th anniversary of Harry Potter

Wow, that long already? I shouldn't be surprised, as I read it when I still lived with my parents, but it sure feels shorter!


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#3 2017-06-25 13:23:14

Kenan
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Re: 20th anniversary of Harry Potter

I started reading after the 6th book was published (I had watched the first 3 movies in the cinema because someone's friend's child and another friend's little brother... then I read and watched the rest for my own pleasure of course. Anyway, just 12 years with the books for me.


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#4 2017-06-26 04:36:18

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Re: 20th anniversary of Harry Potter

Easter 2001 for me, so after the fourth book (but it took me about a year to read all four and join the hordes of waiting fans).

It's left quite a permanent mark on my life. Mostly in that it taught me that I could read English books and that this was fun, but also because for the first time in my life, I liked a thing that lots of other people liked too.


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#5 2017-06-26 11:52:35

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Re: 20th anniversary of Harry Potter

Oh man! How time flies! I didn't start with the series right away, but it was within a couple years... I remember reading the 1st book, I had it in paperback, and talking to the librarian about when the 2nd book was going to be in. They ordered a UK edition, I remember learning the word "fortnight". (They have to brew the polyjuice potion for a fortnight.) My enthusiasm waned with book 5, Harry seemed pretty whiny to me. Re-reading the whole series a couple years ago, I have a much different opinion now.


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#6 2017-06-26 13:33:48

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Re: 20th anniversary of Harry Potter


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#7 2017-06-26 13:51:47

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Re: 20th anniversary of Harry Potter

I remember buying the first book.... being embarrassed as it seemed such a children's book (this was before all the hub-bub), I had it wrapped up as if for a present.... *snortgiggle*


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