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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Melissa Anelli Reveals Her Most Noticeable Trait

Melissa Anelli describes the trait she thinks is most noticeable about herself.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never do anything out of fear.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm too passionate sometimes.

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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