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  Harry Potter improved my grades
Updated 26 February 2004, 13.21
Reading Potter books helped Katrin learn better English
Katrin, from Sweden, is a HUGE Harry Potter fan.

But little did she realise when she first started reading the boy wizard books that they'd end up getting her a better grade in English.

She tells us why.

"After reading the first Harry Potter book in Swedish I was doomed. I was stuck in Harry's world and everything that had something to do with it.

I was officially obsessed with Harry Potter.

So after borrowing the first three books and buying the fourth one as soon as it came out in Swedish, I didn't know what else to do. I had read it all. But the fact that there were no other books about Harry and his friends didn't matter, they had started to make a film.

Back in the game

Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson on the Prisoner set
The latest info, pictures and trailers were to be found at English Harry Potter sites, such as the Leaky Cauldron, the Official Harry Potter site and of course Newsround was right there to provide me with the latest news. With that my English vocabulary started to grow.

After seeing the film about four times I had to come up with something else to do. So I bought the first Harry Potter book in English - I was back in the game.

I loved it!

I read the first one, the second one and the third one and I enjoyed it, it wasn't that hard and the books weren't that thick.

Prisoner of Azkaban
But then I got the fourth one for my birthday. The Goblet of Fire is about twice as thick as The Prisoner of Azkaban, but I had to face it.

There was no problem in doing that, I loved it all. After finishing Goblet of Fire it was time to be updated, what had been going on all that time? While waiting for the second Harry Potter film I read about everything surrounding his magical world.

All thanks to Harry

Sir Michael Gambon is the new Dumbledore
After watching the Chamber of Secrets, and once again being very pleased with the final results, I waited anxiously for the fifth book. That year I got my very first grade (in Sweden we don't get our grades until 8th grade and at that time we're 14-years-old) I got a fair B in English.

The wait for the fifth book was unbearable, but I got by and after reading the books a couple of more times and watching the two films many times, the end of my 8th year had come. That term I got an A.

And it's pretty much all thanks to Harry Potter!

Katrin, Sweden


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