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J.K. Rowling shares handwritten annotations in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

J.K. Rowling shares handwritten annotations in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

What a week for Harry Potter fans! After MuggleNet posted about J.K. Rowling’s handwritten spreadsheet, we now have yet more handwritten material from J.K. Rowling, this time in the form of annotations in a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as featured in The Guardian.

Occurring on the title page, one annotation includes an original drawing of one draft of the Hogwarts crest. This drawing depicts Hufflepuff house as being represented by a bear instead of a badger, and J.K. Rowling writes:

Perhaps Hufflepuff house would have the respect it deserves from the fans if I’d stayed with my original idea of a bear to represent it?”

The annotation in chapter eleven, “Quidditch,” tells of the circumstances under which Quidditch was created, reading:

“[Quidditch] was invented in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend.”

We have certainly enjoyed reading these annotations, as well as the previously released spreadsheet, and hopefully there will be more to come.

Let us know what you think of these annotations in the comments below.

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