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Tennis star Andy Murray has had a big year professionally, but don’t expect him to spend his downtime reading. And he blames it all on Harry Potter.

The Associated Foreign Press reports on recent remarks by Murray about his leisure time and reading habits. “I don’t read books. I mean, I go on the Internet a lot and read stuff online, but I don’t read books. I haven’t read a book since I was about 14, 15. I got halfway through the third Harry Potter book. It was the first one that was really, really big. It was like 600 pages. I stopped around 200. I haven’t read a book since then.”

We presume Murray, who clearly isn’t up on the realm of Potter, meant he actually stopped at Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when referring to the “really, really big” book.

We often hear about how the Harry Potter books inspired people of all ages to begin reading, but rarely do we ever hear about how it made someone stop. It’s a shame that the mere length of the book turned him off from reading. We presume this means he’s never read other lengthy fantasies like The Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire.

25-year-old, Scottish-born Murray won an Olympic gold medal for singles, a silver medal for mixed doubles, and won the U.S. Open this summer.

  • matthewhpg

    Ha, ha- SCREW YOU, MURRAY!

  • http://twitter.com/bowski477 Jill

    I read this as blah blah blah I’m too lazy to finish it/read blah blah blah

  • Lucy

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.john.sass Michael Sass


  • Jen

    He didn’t actually say that Harry Potter made him stop reading, just that it was the last book he read.

    • http://twitter.com/Shaftsword Shaft Almasy

      Unfortunately that is how the press pack like to spin things in order to sell their story. Headlines are what most people read even if it has nothing to do with the actual content. This is a big seller just think how it reads to the uninitiated UK’s biggest Tennis Star has no time for one of the UK’s most successful authors.

      • Mel823

        And it works, just read some of the comment here.

  • Jeff Dodge

    If someone can’t read a book because it’s supposedly too long, that’s sad. And he’s living up to the stereotype that sports figures are “dumb” and not all that educated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

      So just because he didn’t finish Harry Potter, you are “supposedly” labeling him as ‘dumb’ and ‘not that educated’? Excuse me but who are you to judge?

      • Sam

        The guy just basically said that he stopped reading once he couldn’t finish a book that was “really really big”
        I think that speaks for itself

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

          Think whatever you wish, but that still doesn’t justify the need for calling him “dumb”.

          • Jeff Dodge

            Did none of you actually read my comment? I never said he’s dumb or uneducated. I’m just saying that it’s unfortunate that he’s feeding right into the stereotype based upon him admitting this.

            And it has nothing to do with Harry Potter, specifically. He’s saying that he couldn’t finish a book because it was big. No matter if you’re an athlete or anybody else, if you can’t finish a book because it’s big, that’s sad, no matter what. It shouldn’t matter how big or small a book is; if it’s a great book, it’s a great book. Like I said, it has nothing to do with Harry Potter, so I’m not slamming him for not reading HP (that’s his choice if he wants to or not). I’m saying the fact that it’s a big book shouldn’t dissuade you from reading it.

            I don’t care what books he does or doesn’t read. If he admitted that he just wasn’t that into the story, that’s fine because we don’t all have to like the same things. But what he admitted was that it’s a “really, really big” book.

            And it’s not like he stopped at the 1st book. He says he got a few books into the series. That means he liked the series enough to keep going, so it’s obvious he probably at least enjoyed the stories. But then once it got a little hard for him, he bailed. Again, like I said, sad.

          • Teranel

            And it’s not like Harry Potter is terribly difficult reading anyways…

          • Jeff Dodge

            Exactly; Harry Potter’s not a difficult read.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Connor-Frye/1326652893 Connor Frye

        I think its more the “I dont read books”

  • Lisa

    If “the really, really big” book is referring to the Goblet of Fire, I wonder what he would say about the Order of the Phoenix.

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    *rolls eyes*

  • upper_westsider

    Sounds like he’s bragging. Murray had two big tennis wins this year. Once he gets back to his usual also-ran status, he may find more time to read.

  • RussellTurner

    This is why i like Federer

  • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

    If he won a bronze medal I could made the joke that he’s all brawn and no brains! lol.

  • Becca

    Personally I LOVE reading long books. I hate when I finish a book because it means I can’t live in that world anymore, so the longer a book is the better. That’s also why I love series, specifically Harry Potter. I am one of the “people of all ages” who really got into reading because of HP. I started the series when I was 8.

  • Kate

    Weird, that’s when my brother gave up on HP, too.

    • Guest

      I have found that people either give up while reading the first, second, or fourth. The first and second because the plots are not as detailed and interesting as the rest and the fourth because it is so long.

  • Esmeblabbed

    That’s just a little pathetic. I understand if the length of a book overwhelms you, but it shouldn’t be the reason you stop reading. If you want to stop reading that book, fine, but you shouldn’t stop reading altogether.

    • Mrs_Badcrumble


  • Kelsey

    I can relate, but only halfway.

    When I was seven or eight, I picked up the first Harry Potter book, and read to the 5th chapter. When I got to that point, I looked ahead and noticed that the chapter was a whopping 20 PAGES LONG! I put the book down for then, but I returned to it a few years later (when I could cope with chapter books better) and haven’t stopped reading since!

    • Firenze

      The fact that you were 7 or 8 is interesting. Murray was “14 or 15″ when he still couldn’t cope with long books. And he’s 25 when he claims that as a good excuse for not reading books aver since… LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1839141121 Kevin Seurs

    Well, when you choose tennis over quidditch, you can’t expect to be taken seriously.

  • Jen

    I still like him.

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    If he stopped reading forever because he didn’t like ONE book, then the motivation wasn’t much to start with… The problem wasn’t the length of the book…

  • morgen71

    what’s really sad is that he doesn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that he hasn’t read a book in a decade.

  • Andrew_ww

    I have no respect for people who are supposably literate but can’t read books.

  • Guest

    Ask him when he really started to get serious about playing tennis. I’ll bet it was around this time.

  • Guest

    So the real title of this article should be ‘Tennis Stopped Me From Reading Harry Potter’.

  • jenny :)

    Its ok andy, i find tennis boring, so…

  • ncnapper92

    I like to read books in one sitting (even if it takes all evening) but I eventually found that short books are like movies and long books are like t.v. shows. You just have to take the long books in increments. I read a good 200 pages of the 4th Song of Fire and Ice (Feast of Crows) every day, and I slowly make my way through it. Just takes awhile to get used to reading longer books, shouldn’t give up.

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

    He’s such a poop face.

  • Caitlin

    Andy Murray, I believe you played an 11 hour hour tennis match. I assure you that you can read Goblet of Fire in less time than that.

  • Eddardpotter

    Ha! I love how it ends off with “We presume this means he’s never read other lengthy fantasies like The Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/Liliana.Sa Liliana Sa

    LoL….i stuck to the movies…and not because i don’t like to read because i read way too much!!!…Harry Potter just didn’t do it for me on book :P LOL (not that i don’t like Harry Potter btw)

  • Felix

    Andy Murray – the cry baby.

  • Sarah

    …A book was too big for him, so he never read a book again? That is, without a doubt, the saddest, most pathetic thing I’ve ever heard in my life.

  • Hill

    This is why I don’t consider myself a part of fandoms. You guys are really covering yourself in glory here. Just as bad as the sportspeople who mock people for not playing sports. Keep up the hating. I’m going to go and play some Tennis, then read a big long book, and then not insult people who choose to pick one or both or neither.

  • ravenclaw1991

    Not sure, but I’m certain he probably should’ve kept this to himself because now a lot of people are going to hate on him.. That is kind of ridiculous. Sounds more like he was too lazy, I mean at age 14 or 15 you should be able to read a 600 page book with no problems.

    • Firenze

      Dunno about hate, but scorn him, yeah, definitely.

  • Lucy

    POA does not have 600 pages… In fact it’s no where near that

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JMJAWM3L3A5QEXRY462MV6JFAI MM

    Huge turn-off. Bad Murray.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523240646 Jasmine Dixon

    i was always different with books. the longer they were the bigger the challenge was, i loved it

  • http://twitter.com/xhpfanatic Grace Chen

    meh :/

  • Firenze

    The 3rd book is HP and the prisoner of Azkaban. And it’s not that long.

    Anyway, that’s possibly the lamest “excuse” for not reading book I ever heard of. Way to keep the sportmen’ s reputation for bein silly illiterate lowbrow guys… Pathetic, really.

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