Love of reading Harry Potter for one fan

Kansas City StarJuly 11, 2011 

Ayah Abdul-Rauf has sewed costumes, thrown parties, written essays, burned secret pacts, created clubs, made cakes and willingly deterred the affections of teenage boys, all for the love of Harry Potter.

Need we say more?

We have to. There’s almost too much to say about an 18-year-old who has been reading J.K. Rowling’s novels since she was 7.

Like most fans, Abdul-Rauf has read all seven books. Unlike most, she’s reread them — including some of the British and French editions — many times.

“Maybe I took it too far when I read the fifth book 11 times,” she says of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “but it’s my favorite.”

She typically reads 40 books at a time. Her home library includes around 800 titles.

In a world of short attention spans and fast-fading phenomena, these books continue to hold teenagers in their grasp. Some more so than others

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