How to talk to that one person in your life who hasn’t read Harry Potter

I found an amazing article on Pottermore about dos and don’ts when you a friend who is hasn’t read Harry Potter or simply put, is a Muggle :D. I hope you guys will also enjoy this amusing and pretty useful article.

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Even the most diehard Harry Potter fan probably has a friend who hasn’t read the books.


Now, you can lock that friend in the cupboard under your stairs and never speak to them again, or you can face this issue head-on.

We encourage you to do the latter.

Here are five dos and don’ts when talking to that special person in your life who has never read the books. Good luck.

Don’t: Judge them

We’re kicking off with a big one. Take all of those ethical lessons you learned while reading the books (the power of love, the need to fight for good, the person you thought was quite hopeless at the start will probably end up beheading a snake, etc) and apply them here. Love your mates, no matter how behind they are.

Do: Try to find out why your friend hasn’t read the stories yet

There has to be a reason why someone you consider to be your friend hasn’t read the books. Did their sister nick their copy? Did the dog use it for gnawing practice? Find that out and you will be one step closer to understanding their questionable life choices.

Don’t: Try to impress them with your incredible knowledge

If you’re the sort of person who sees skywriting over a football stadium and screams, ‘It’s the Dark Mark! Run!’ this might be a bit of a challenge for you. Of course, your knowledge of the series is on point, but there’s no point joking about whipping up some Amortentia for your friend’s crush if your witty textual reference is going to fall on deaf ears.

Do: Go for references with simple and literal meanings

Of course, you may want to pepper your vocabulary with references to the wizarding world when in conversation. Start off with some simple examples like:

• Invisibility Cloak (does what it says on the tin)
• Wands (avoid saying ‘like a fairy!’)
• Anything that features in Muggle mythology (werewolves, centaurs, etc)

Don’t: Be a book snob

Of course you’ve read all seven books 10+ times. But a person who has seen a couple of the movies should still be celebrated as a potential fan.

Do: Accept that you might need to use the movies as bait

Next time Philosopher’s Stone (2001) is on television, arrange a night in at your house with your friend. And when it finishes, it’s simply a matter of pointing at your bookshelf and saying, ‘Do you want to know what happens next?’ It works.

Don’t: Spoil things

Your friend might (and, if you follow these steps, hopefully will) still read! Imagine what your experience of the series would have been like if you read Philosopher’s Stone for the first time knowing about the Snape-Dumbledore alliance, or that Harry was speaking Parseltongue at the zoo, or that Hermione would end up marrying Ron? They may be a Harry Potter novice, but your friend is still your friend and they deserve to discover these things for themselves.

Do: Assume some knowledge

You can probably assume that even a person who has never seen any of the films or touched one of the books knows there is a wizard called Harry Potter who attends a school called Hogwarts.

Don’t: Lose hope

It’s frustrating, yes. But, like Marcus Flint in his O.W.L. exams, you will get there!

Do: Find out what your friend is into

It definitely won’t be as good as Harry Potter but, you know, it might be, um, interesting?


25 thoughts on “How to talk to that one person in your life who hasn’t read Harry Potter

  1. My younger brother hates reading and so has declined to read Harry Potter. When on one hand I am a die hard Harry Potter fan his dislike for harry potter annoys me so much. But it was just today that Harry Potter and philosopher’s stone was there on some channel and I asked him to watch the movie and I was so happy to know he watced and actual did liked it. I have also downloaded audio books for him thinking that he might enjoy listening more than reading.

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      1. Yes,I will.I have written a poem “Dark World” on this Harry Potter series.I will like to hear your feedback .It’s a small tribute to his fans .I will try to explore more of it.

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  2. I feel kinda out of place accepting the fact that I haven’t read the books. I haven’t seen all of the movies too. Maybe one or two. But I like how the potterheads are trying to be considerate with us muggles. We’ll find a day to read…I think..

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