JK Rowling wrote a short Harry Potter prequel, of 800-word, that has been sold at a charity auction held at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, in central London, for £25 000, following a bidding frenzy.
It’s been almost a year since the last wizard book, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, was published.
“I had great fun writing the card and I’m absolutely delighted that it has raised £25,000 for two such worthy causes”, said JK Rowling
13 authors, including Doris Lessing, Nick Hornby, Margaret Atwood, Lauren Child, Sebastian Faulks, Tom Stoppard and Irvine Welsh, have been asked by auctions organisers to write storycards for Waterstone’s What’s Your Story? auction. All 13 cards were sold without a reserve price.
Money raised will go to English PEN, which promotes understanding through literature, and Dyslexia Action.
JK Rowling’s finished her story with the handwritten words : “From the prequel I am not working on – but that was fun!”
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, another of Mrs Rowling’s story, fetched £1.95m at auction, in December 2007.