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JK Rowling pens Harry Potter prequel

JK Rowling

Story by Jack Foley

JK ROWLING has penned a prequel to her popular Harry Potter books – but it won’t be for general sale.

Instead, the 800-word short story will be auctioned for charity at a special event in London in July (2008).

Rowling was one of 13 authors asked to write storycards by book shop Waterstone’s for their What’s Your Story? auction, which will benefit two charities: English PEN, which promotes understanding through literature, and Dyslexia Action.

All 13 cards will be sold without a reserve price and feature works from Nick Hornby, Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Lauren Child, new Bond author Sebastian Faulks, Tom Stoppard and Irvine Welsh.

Commenting on the initiative, Gerry Johnson, managing director of Waterstone’s, said: “What’s Your Story just gets more and more exciting – all these brilliant works by amazing writers and illustrators, every one a small masterpiece, and now this – the prequel to Harry Potter.

“We never dreamed that JK Rowling would donate something so precious, and we’re incredibly grateful.”

Waterstone’s have every right to expect a windfall when it comes to bidding for Rowling’s work, particularly since another piece of writing – The Tales of Beedle the Bard – fetched £1.95 million in December last year.

Experts have refused to speculate on how much could potentially be raised, especially as Sebastian Faulks is also a very hot property in light of his new 007 novel, Devil May Care.