11:45 am EST, July 8, 2013

The Queen’s granddaughter says ‘Harry Potter’ helped her overcome dyslexia

Here’s a heartwarming story about the effects of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series: Princess Beatrice says the books helped her develop a love for reading.

“When I was younger, I was diagnosed with dyslexia which meant, for me, sitting in front of a book was really hard – until I discovered Harry Potter, and this character, this 11-year-old boy, who suddenly gets off to school for the first time, captured my imagination and suddenly reading was fun,” she said. “Reading was inspiring and I was motivated. From then on and then, I couldn’t put the books down.”

Princess Beatrice’s comments were made in a video for the Get Ready Festival to be held in London’s Trafalgar Square. The event is being held to promote reading.

In the video (unavailable for online viewing), the princess also reads an excerpt from Philosopher’s Stone in which Harry enters the Great Hall for the Sorting Hat ceremony.

Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia at age seven and began reading Philosopher’s Stone one year later.

Over the years, we’ve heard many stories about how the Harry Potter books encouraged people of all ages to begin reading for the first time. Their interest was developed thanks to Rowling’s intricate and fun storytelling, and many used the Potter books as a “gateway” to life-long reading.

United States and United Kingdom Harry Potter publishers Scholastic and Bloomsbury are in the midst of rolling out new covers for the Harry Potter series in order to encourage a new generation of readers to fall in love with the boy wizard.

Thanks, The Telegraph.

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