Melissa Anelli

Melissa Anelli has been reporting on the Harry Potter phenomenon since 2001. As the webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron (, she has written and spoken for Harry Potter fans in media outlets worldwide. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 and spent several years as a daily news reporter and features writer in New York City. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her ferocious cat, Moochka. For more visit

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The Harry Potter Books Were Just The Beginning of the Story... During 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 potential death of a character was a hotter bet than the World Series. When the unfolding...


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never do anything out of fear.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'd like to be a bird. The option to fly at will sounds fantastic. The eating worms part, not so much.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. I'm not sure about "favorite," but Mrs. Coulter, Voldemort, Umbridge and Saruman (not so much Sauron) are interesting to me.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Burning alive

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Um, hi, chocolate. I'd be a very happy 600 pounds.

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