It goes without saying that the "Harry Potter" franchise would be nothing without its fans, and now they're ready to give back.
A compilation of fan letters, photographs and artwork has been put together by "Potter" fan Lily Zalon to be released this summer in a new book called "Dear Mr. Potter." According to Zalon, the book is an attempt to capture the relationship between "Harry Potter" and its fans in their own words. In addition, "Potter' actress Evanna Lynch, best known as Luna Lovegood, shared her own experiences with the "Potter" franchise for the book.
“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."
Lynch's 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 realised that being odd wasn't really odd at all.”
In addition to Lynch, Leaky Cauldron webmistress Melissa Anelli and "Looking for Alaska" author and YouTube celebrity John Green also submitted their own letters to the compilation.
"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 Harry Potter Alliance. Zalon teased that fans who preorder "Dear Mr. Potter" will be automatically submitted into two secret raffles which will be revealed farther down the road.
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