Sunday, June 01, 2008


Good news for Harry Potter fans everywhere! It seems it’s not the end for the boy wizard’s adventures after all. JK Rowling has written an 800 word prequel to the Harry Potter series as part of a charity initiative, “What’s Your Story”, by Waterstones booksellers. The handwritten story written on A5 card and signed by the author is one of 13 story cards by various authors including Doris Lessing, Nick Hornby and Margaret Atwood, which will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on 10th June to raise money for Dyslexia Action and English Pen, a charity which promotes understanding through literature. A Waterstone’s executive described each story as a “small masterpiece”.

The Harry Potter story card which tells the story of the young boy wizard’s father James and his friend Sirius Black as youngsters is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity when it is auctioned. A spokesman for Sotheby’s stated that due to the immense popularity of JK Rowling’s books, there was no telling how high the bidding would go. Apparently Harry himself does not feature in the story, although the actual plot is a closely guarded secret. JK Rowling has said her latest Potter offering, which comes almost a year after the last Harry Potter book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” hit our shelves, will not be developed further. JK Rowling who has earned a £560million fortune from the Potter books hinted that she may write another Potter story one day but not for at least a decade. Good news for all Harry Potter fans out there including myself!

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