Thursday, May 29, 2008

Potter Fans, Rejoice! A Sorta Prequel Is On The Way

JK Rowling has announced on her official website that she will be auctioning off an 800-page short story which kinda sorta is a prequel to the first Harry Potter book and will benefit the English PEN and the Dyslexia Action organizations. Because this short-story, or prologue if you will, is bound to fetch an exorbitant sum at auction, it will be published in a collection of short stories later on in the year. Here is the full text of JK's website announcement:

Thursday 29 May 2008
Waterstones Charity Auction

A few months ago a number of authors were invited to handwrite cards for auction by Waterstones, on June 10, all proceeds to go to English PEN, the writers' association, and the Dyslexia Society.

After playing around with a number of different ideas I decided to write a short (for me!) excerpt from a prequel to the Potter series. It is about 800 words long and the action takes place around 3 years before Harry is born.

Although I did feel a bit like a relapsing addict as I sat down to write - the words poured from my pen with frightening ease - I am NOT working on a prequel. Indeed, I've written that clearly at the bottom of the card itself. I just thought that this was the best way to make money for two extremely worthwhile charities.

The good news for Potter fans who will not be able to bid at the auction is that you will be able to read the short story (along with amazing contributions from Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Tom Stoppard, Irvine Welsh, Sebastian Faulks, Axel Scheffler, Lauren Child, Nick Hornby, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Appignanesi, Richard Ford, and Michael Rosen) by purchasing a book of facsimiles, which will be available in August. The proceeds from this book, too, will go to the charities.

I'm sure there are a great number of Harry Potter fans salivating at the notion of the release of another 800 words from the pen of JK Rowling. Whether it is presented as a prologue or a prequel to the wildly successful Harry Potter saga, I'm sure it's gonna fly of the shelves as if it were just the latest installment. The woman can basically print her own money at this point. I'm just happy that kids, once again, have a book to look forward to reading :) I'm even more thrilled that my fave contemporary author Neil Gaiman is included in this collection! [Source, Source]