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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An updated version of the New York Times bestseller, featuring an extensive transcript of the author's exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling and a new chapter.
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never do anything out of fear.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Comfort in family, comfort in friends, comfort in career, and comfort in pajamas.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing. I'm awful.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I know the value of hard work.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I tend to use the word "moment" a lot; I'll go through a passage looking for it specifically and delete. I also tend to stick "And" at the beginning of a sentence; I try and get rid of those too unless it's completely necessary.

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