Posted by: anitanolan | July 15, 2011

How “Harry Potter” Changed Their Lives

From the Baltimore Sun:

Thirteen-year-old Alexander Williams was always so reluctant to read that his school arranged to get him special help. But he felt differently about the stories when they were told on a big screen.

Most people who love the films begin with the books. But for Alex, the process worked the other way around. When he was finally forced to page through J.K. Rowling‘s novels to fulfill a class assignment, the characters in the novels took on added life in his imagination.

“Alex was completely enthralled, to where he would not put the book down,” said his mother, Erin Riley of Belcamp.

“He was reading during mealtimes, on the way to school, and even during school hours — to the point that he was getting in trouble for reading during other classes. He learned that reading could be fun and that the books were even more detailed than the movies.”

Read the rest here.


  1. I am an absolute HUGE fan of J.K. Rowling and her HP series (I’ve read all the books 3 times+), and used to love the movies, too, until they started screwing around too much with the stories from “Order of the Phoenix” on. They have truly lost their luster for me and I ONLY just recently watched the “Deathly Hallows” Part 1 on DVD ’cause my boyfriend rented it for me! lol

    To hear that the movie inspired someone to read the books is what I love to hear, because that’s when that person DOES discover that the books are better! 🙂

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