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Have you ever written a fan letter about Harry Potter? Well if you have you could be getting published. And if you haven't you can now delight in reading others missives in a new compilation of fan letters, photographs and artwork put together by fan Lily Zalon.
The aptly titled Dear Mr. Potter will be released this summer. According to Zalon, the book is an attempt to capture the relationship between Harry Potter and its fans in their own words. “Until now, there's never been a truly in-depth exploration of why Potter accomplished such an unprecedented level of popularity and loyalty," Zalon said in a press release. "The letters and pictures in the book illustrate the intimate relationships millions of fans have had with the series."
In addition, "Potter' actress Evanna Lynch, best known as Luna Lovegood, shared her own experiences with the "Potter" franchise for the book. Her submission to the book detailed how J.K. Rowling's novels and, specifically, the character of Luna Lovegood affected her personally.
“Although it was always tempting to go back to that dark, lonely, secure place and although there was still that voice that whispered that I was too odd to risk just being ‘me’, you were always there to remind me that it was okay to be odd, particularly if one did it with aplomb," reads an excerpt from her letter to Luna. "Through you, Luna, I realized that being odd wasn't really odd at all.”
Dear Mr. Potter is available for pre-order until June 31, 2011, and will be released on July 1, 2011, with all profits going to the human rights and environemental activist group Harry Potter Alliance.
And there are whisperings that fans who preorder Dear Mr. Potter will be automatically submitted into two secret raffles which will be revealed farther down the road.
So wizard-hats off to fan Lily Zalon for bringing other fans passion to us all in the name of conquering the Dark Forces...