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Monday, June 15, 2009

Harry Potter Giveaway!!

The boy wizard is in paperback! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final chapter in Harry Potter’s adventures, will be releases in paperback July 7th! It all comes down to this - a final face off between good and evil. You plan to pull out all the stops, but every time you solve one mystery, three more evolve.

* We're hosting a contest here at readergirlz right on this very blog post. To enter, just be a follower of the blog and comment below to tell us when you read your first Harry book... or admit that you haven't picked them up yet (anyone? anyone?). *

In three weeks, we'll choose five winners to receive a paperback prize pack of:
Book 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Book 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Book 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

Good luck, everyone!

57 comments:

lanna-lovely said...

I first read Harry Potter when I was 11/12, I actually think it was the first proper book series I ever read. :]

yabooknerd said...

I first read Harry Potter when I first heard of it, around the time that the third book was coming out and midnight parties were just starting to happen. I think it was the summer before college or right after my first year. I remember not really liking it until the end of the first chapter - and then I wanted to find out all about the boy who lived

Readingjunky said...

I read Harry Potter when it first came out. My now college-age daughter was in 4th grade and she fell in love with it.

I'm a follower, btw.

RJ

sweetmelissa818 said...

I read the first one right after my first daughter was born. It was the only one I read in paperback, the rest were completed in audio book. I finished the last one about a week ago!

Anastasia said...

My fourth grade teacher decided to read the first three books to an eager class of 9 year olds. I ate up the characters and plots. That Christmas I begged my parents for copies 1-3 and waited outside Sams for the 4th one (no one thought of this, so I was like the only one).

I'm very excited to have taken part in this Harry Potter movement, it pushed young children to read books for FUN, not because they're required or expected to. I will say this pushed my already book-driven mind to reading, which has to this day proven incredibly helpful in all aspects of college (including writing, reading complicated texts, and public speaking). Thanks Harry Potter.

And surprisingly I haven't read the 6th or 7th book. I stopped after the 5th one because it was taking too long for books to come out. I was 17 before the sixth one came out, 8 YEARS after my initial adoration for the characters. They weren't progressing as fast as I was, my mind set was somewhere else. However, I do plan to watch the movies but will definitely read the books first.

Kimmie said...

I was about 30 when I read my first. The audio books are awesome as well! Jim Dale does all the voices to a tee!!

Silvia said...

I think the first time I read Harry Potter was when I was 9. It was after watching the film.
I remember I got mad when I went to the cinema and my parents told me we were going to watch Harry Potter. I thought it was a film for boys and I wanted to see another film. When it finished I was in love with both, Harry Potter and Daniel Radcliffe XD.

I'm a follower!

Cyndala said...

I admit it. I haven't read any of them yet. I even have the first book downloaded to my iPod, but I haven't listened to it yet. I've got an 18 hour ride each way to Maine (from Michigan) this year, so maybe I'll finally get to it. It does drive my friends who have read the books crazy though, that I read HP fanfiction, and am able to discuss the books with them. It drove my one friend absolutely nuts when I was able to guess what previously mentioned character would play a huge role in the last book. -hehe- However, I am looking forward to listening to the audio this summer.

Llehn said...

I was in my late twenties when I first read Harry Potter. It was the hype that made me pick up the book and I am not sorry.

I am a follower.

Katie said...

I'm a follower and I first read Harry Potter when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. I think they're the first book that huge I'd ever read and I at least partially attribute my love of reading to them!
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Diana Dang said...

When I was in gr. 4 I believe. I read the first 3 because I got it for my birthday. I didn't look back at it until 6 yrs later when everyone was hyped for the last book to come out.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh, I would love to be entered. I'm a follower and the first time I read the books? I think I was like....8 or so. It was right when they came out for the most part, so it's been over 10 years now. So insane, but I love these books.

-Lauren

bridget3420 said...

I'm already a follower. The first time I read a Harry Potter book was Dec. 2008.

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

I think I started reading Harry Potter when I was in 2nd grade. Ahh, I fell in love with him after that.

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jemscout425 said...

i read it the first summer the book came out. we'd read it in the backyard and thats when my daughters love of books started
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Mila said...

Early 20s - working in the public library's children's area :)

Well my name's Morgan and... said...

I started reading Harry Potter actually two years ago. My dad always read the books--but i hated to read so i never did. But when i finally did get to pick up the first book, i couldn't put it down. I woke up extra early before school to read a few chapters and i read at least until midnight just to keep reading. I loved it. So that's when i first read Harry Potter.

Sarah said...

The first book came out when I was in college and my sister was in High School. My mom, sis and I all started reading the books at the same time and each time a new one came out, we would all read as fast as we could and then talk about it. As soon as I finished reading the last book two summers ago, I picked up number one and read all seven straight through--one of my favorite series of all time!

Justina Chen Headley said...

I didn't read Harry Potter until the third book was out. There was so much buzz growing for the book--I admit it, I was a bit of a skeptic. But then. Potter-mania swept over me as I started the series. It's so funny; my media escort in Chicago trotted JK Rowling around on her first book tour. There were like 6 people in her audience. It's so great to see how her readers grew exponentially. I teared up at Rick Riorden's book signing at Third Place Books a few weeks ago...all the rabid fans who were there for his work. Awesome.

Tasses said...

I subscribe to your site via Google Reader. I first read Harry Potter with my first classes of sixth graders. Here were my thoughts on Harry & Co. after the saga's end: Reading Rumpus

Please enter me in the contest & Thank You :-)

Melissa Walker said...

I read HP after college. I know! I was late to the game, and my friend Charles FINALLY convinced me that I was missing out. Then I made my parents read the books, and they loved them too!

Travis said...

My first Potter book was when book three came out. I found it in a Goodwill store, bought it, read it, then read one and two. I've had to wait patiently for all of the others since then. As a result, my copies of all the books are VERY well read, and some are falling apart.

Paradox said...

I started the first book in 1998 when I got it as a Christmas present and have loved the series ever since!

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poodle649 said...

I first started Harry Potter in December of '07. Yes, I waited that long, but once I started I fell in love. Some of the best fiction I've ever read!

Emily said...

I met Harry when the first film was coming out. My son, then 6, wanted to see it and I wasn't sure if it was appropriate. So, being the good mom, I bought a copy of the book and was instantly hooked. I then read books 2 and 3 and pre-ordered every book after that. Sharing Harry Potter with my children and my 5th grade students over the years has been so much fun. I took my kids to the midnight release of the final book and they cheered for me as I was given my copy. I have dragged them to every movie premiere and they love it.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I honestly can't remember when I read the first Harry Potter, but I know I read the rest of them in quick secession as they came out...until #7. Life got busy, and I never got around to it. I own copies of 1-6, so I'd love to win a copy of the last one to motivate me to open it up. Thanks!

TheGhostBlogger said...

Mary
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The first time I read Harry Potter was when I was home sick from work LOL, I had the flu and looked for something to interest me and take my mind off my aches and pains. And it worked pretty well, too :)
ps I follow

InfoDesks said...

I read Harry Potter about nine months after it first came out. I like waiting until some of the furor of a new book dies down before reading it. That way I'm not influenced as much by what I've been told.

babygirlG said...

I was nine when I read my first Harry Potter book. I was bored and nicked it out of my mom's shelf. And that was the start of my love affair with Harry and co.

wendy said...

I am now following your blog and I have never read any of the books.

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Alley Of Books said...

I read the first book in 2000 when I was in 6th Grade and since then I had to read each and every single subsequent ones.
I remember reading Prisoner Of Azkaban over my cousins shoulders. They were annoyed, I was was ecstatic! LOL
I have a tradition of reading atleast one book cover to cover before any major final exam!
Weird, I know but it always helps!
=]

Nickolay said...

I am a follower and I can honestly say that I own a couple of the books, but have yet to read them. It is on my to do list to start in the next month.


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quiltingreader said...

I read the first one when the third movie came out.

roswello said...

my kids have grown up alongside this series of books, woudl love to have our very own copies
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roswello said...

i follow

robin_titan said...

I began reading them when I was in elementary school around the time the first one came out but I never finished it. But then I picked them up again about two years ago and just couldn't stop reading. I was waiting in agony for The Deathly Hollows to come out. Thankfully I didn't have to wait for the rest since they had already been released but I felt really sad that all those years I was seriously missing out on a freakin' amazing series. I miss the HP world so dang much :( I don't really like the movies but it's HP so I don't care, I'll watch them anyway. :)

BUSY BEE said...

I started reading the series when I was in my mid-20's. I love the whole series and love to re-read them when I can.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

love the books and they are constantly being read in our house- would love these to replace the worn out ones we have and so there is not fighting are you done yet huh huh

tatertot374 said...

I would love to win. I follow
I read Harry Potter to my son. It is wonderful to spend that extra time with my son.
Thank you for the chance.
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Susan Kusel said...

I read my first Harry Potter book just after Prisoner of Azkaban came out, and I've been hooked ever since.

Miranda said...

I read my first harry potter book when I was preggo wiht number two at age 21

CherylS22 said...

I just became a follower. I first read Harry Potter within weeks of when it first came out. My niece & I became instant fans and have shared all the books & some of the movies.

Thanks for the giveaway!
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FzngWizbee said...

At first, I didn't actually read Harry Potter; it was read to me and my class by my fifth grade teacher. He had a firm belief that everyone, no matter their age, needed to be read to. He only read the first half of the book because it was all we had time for, but that was it. I ran straight to the library and got a copy so I could see what happened next. Since then, I've been a very loyal and dedication Potter fan.


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Mishia said...

My aunt bought me book 2 when I was in 8th grade. I loved it so much that I had to get the first book and I was hooked since!

universalchampion said...

I was in high school, and I worked at a Waldenbooks in my local mall. The third Harry Potter book had just come out in paperback; it was the holidays and everyone was snatching them up. I thought I'd avoid all the hoopla, but then one day, when I was sent to go work at the calendar kiosk downstairs (i.e. boring), I grabbed a copy of the first Harry Potter to pass the time. By the end of my shift, I was begging my boss to let me borrow the first and the second one. I've been smitten ever since.

1993wel said...

I was in my late 20s when the first Harry Potter book was released. I read it and was hooked. I think for each book thereafter I ordered the book at amazon and had it delivered on the day of release. I'm crazy about young adult fiction anyway, and Harry Potter has been a magical journey.

Julie H said...

I had mono when the first HP book was released, and my mom bought it for me because reviews compared it to Roald Dahl, a favorite. Have been entrenched ever since.

katie said...

Well, let's see. I was probably 11 or 12 when the books first came out and my dad was actually reading them. I didn't want to read them but he talked me into it and I loved it. This was the series that really got me into reading. I'm a follower!

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Iryna said...

I read the first book in . . . Grade 5 I think? But I never continued after that. I don't remember why but I really want to read this series now.

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I've been a follower for a while!

Kenobri said...

The first time that I ever read a Harry Potter book was when my aunt gave me a copy of the Philosopher's Stone for my eleventh birthday. I thought that it was such a great book and I really enjoyed reading it. My three favorite Harry Potter books would have to be Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Askaban , Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Ashley said...

I read my first Harry Potter book right after the 1st movie came out. Somehow I missed out on all the hype, maybe because I wasn't involved in any book community online at that point or because it seemed like they were geared towards just children at that point. Anyway, after that I was hooked and I know I got all of the books that were out at that point for Christmas, and I've been a huge fan every since.

techyone said...

I read the first one as soon as it came out. My son was just asking yesterday where my Harry Potter set was. He's old enough now to enjoy reading and wants to read them but I no longer have all the books.

Amber said...

You don't have to enter me because I already own the books. I first read Harry Potter in the 3rd grade when my teacher recommend the books to me. I am so glad she did! I was hooked from the first page. I feel like the first few Harry Potter books were better than the latter half, but maybe that's just because as I grew up the magic wore off a little?

Mama Hill said...

Ok, I'll admit it! I'm the only one left on the planet that hasn't read them yet! I will, I will!

afineday said...

I've seen the movies but haven't read any of the books.

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gigimylaandveronica said...

I first read harry potter like when I was in 3rd grade. The first book was pretty scary and I had nightmares.Then my grandmother rented the second book's movie and I almost peed my pants.after the scare went away I read through the six books and became so lost in is world I almost got grounded for reading too much. The night that the seventh one came out I couldn't go to sleep even though I knew I wasn't getting one. But then my mom came home with one and I screamed till I was hoarse.But it took me a month to read the book because it was the last if the series and I wanted to savor every last bit of it.I cried when the last page was read. I still have a hole in my heart no other book can fill.

flowerchild said...

i have to admit i have never read them, but have heard such great things about them..