Well hey there. :P I'm Ruthie, and I just discovered this wiki. I just discovered wikia, actually. xD I'm 13, I like Harry Potter and I just started re-reading the books. I read like four of them in third grade and I don't remember any of it, so it doesn't even feel like I'm re-reading them! I kinda know what's gonna happen since I've seen the movies, but there's some stuff in the books that are different and I like it. :) Butterbeer008 (talk) 15:28, July 8, 2013 (UTC)
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I hope I was of some help! If there's anything else, don't hesitate to ask! --16:55, July 8, 2013 (UTC)