Harry Potter uberfan Melissa Anelli describes her eight years targeted by a cyberstalker

The Criminal podcast:

2008 was an exciting time to be a Harry Potter fan. The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, had been released. Movies were on the way. And author Melissa Anelli was at the center of it all, running a popular fan site called The Leaky Caldron and working on a book, Harry, a History. Just as things couldn’t get better, Melissa received her first death threat.

Anelli’s situation is unusual for several reasons: Gender: Her stalker is a woman, most are men. Distance: The stalker is in New Zeland while Anelli is in the US. And persistence: Most cyberstalkers give up after a couple of years.

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