Harry Potter prequel story now available online

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Harry Potter fans the world over are trying not to die today over the publication of J.K. Rowling’s short story about an exploit of James Potter and Sirius Black’s for Waterstone’s Booksellers’s “What’s Your Story?” event. For this event, Waterstone’s asked 13 world-class authors, including Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Doris Lessig, and Tom Stoppard, to submit stories written on a piece of A5 paper (which measures 5.83 x 8.27 inches). Sotheby’s then auctioned off each of the 13 stories yesterday. Rowling’s 800-word story sold for $48,855, all of which went to the charities Dyslexia Action and English PEN.

The short story, which became available online today, gives us a delicious glimpse of what James Potter and Sirius Black’s exploits and friendship were like during the first war. Some of the more rabid fans among us have already adopted one of the story’s jokes, “Elvendork! It’s unisex!”, into our everyday conversations.

You can read the story in Jo’s handwriting at Waterstone’s website, or you can read a transcribed version at MuggleNet.


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this is the best day of my life! thank you for posting this.