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A forbidden peek at young James and Sirius

J.K. Rowling's 800 word prequel to the Harry Potter story, which she wrote for charity and which sold at auction for $50,000, was posted online last month by UK bookstore Waterstone's. You can read it online or see it in J.K.'s own hand here.

In this brief glimpse of a story, James and Sirius are being chased, and run afoul of the muggle police. Who was chasing them? And does their nonchalance with the muggle police give us an insight to James' upbringing? Did he possibly have a muggle childhood like Hermione?

Read the prequel, and tell us what you think!

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Reader Comments: (Page 10)


i couldn't agree with you more. jk rowling should write a bio about dumbledore. what we get from the DH is good, but there has to be more secerets out there other than the fact that he's .

the prequel was kind of to get us thinking. jk does that a lot. she wants us to think and discuss on our own while she just sits back and relaxes. when we get to the point where we are ingeneously correct, she bounces back and gives us someting else to tamper with. she's good like that. so even if the prequel wasn't exactly what you were looking for, read it over, think about it, discuss it. do something with it to make your brain start working again.

Posted by Miss cissy from malfoy manor on September 21, 2008 12:57 PM

First of all i would like to say i enjoyed reading the prequel. Now i think that some of you who read it too missed a page. There are 2, and it clearly states that they are in a group called the "Golden Phoenixes". It's like a cross between the Order of the Phoenix and a rock band. So the bird on their shirts was a pheonix. Also it says that the 3 wizard chasing them were eaters and it says 1 of their names.

On a side note i would love to read more about the lives of the Marauders, Dumbldore, Snape, old Voldy and/or life after the DH.

Posted by Katrina Sparks on September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

That second page you mentioned is fan fiction, not written by JK. So, discussing it is fun, but it's not canon, so you can't base any arguments on it. It's just that one fan writer's opinion of what an extension of the information in the first page would be...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 24, 2008 4:29 PM

Miss Cissy-
I said that I wanted to hear more about dumbledore. Then you said that she should write a bio about dumbledore. i didn't even think about a biography! That would be really good! But then I got thinking, there could be so many biography about different charachters that would be really good. Snape, how he acts like one of them when he is around Voldermart. Neville Longbottom, how he grew up with out his parents. Ginny Weasly (Potter) this one wouldn't have to be an entire bio but maby just a little more detail from Chamber of Secrets. Hermione, how she was a witch around humans (like Harry). MAybe (this might be stretching it) Luna? How she was told it was just gargles. That might be a little weird.

Posted by Anonymous on September 24, 2008 4:40 PM

well, that's why she's writing an encyclopedia, isn't it? people just like you thought about the other characters and their lives and such and jk decided to put them all in one book.

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on September 25, 2008 11:53 AM

woah, i read the story... it doesn't seem very likely that james and sirius would be so careless about their magic identities, not sayin that they were careful people but still...

still, it was good seeing a new piece of harry potter to read, i miss not having any new harry potter books to look forward to...

Posted by wh33zylUvr21 on September 26, 2008 4:17 PM

i didn't know that she was making an encyclepidia, now i am excited

Posted by Anonymous on September 27, 2008 12:01 PM

yeah she's writing one called the scottish book. apparently it has something to do with macbeth being bad luck to say in the theater, so everyone called it the scottish play... i don't know but yeah she's writing a prequel

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on September 29, 2008 2:34 PM

the harry potter trailer is so cool. but i wish it would show more about hogwarts and not just tom. but that makes it even more suspensful

Posted by Anonymous on October 5, 2008 4:11 PM

i thought the trailer is really good. it gives a little insight, but not too much. i got freaked out the first time. but i guess i was watching too much of the trailer for walle... the actor who plays tom riddle is really good from what i can see from the trailer.

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on October 9, 2008 3:21 PM

I doubt the thing on the shirt is a phoenix, I'd say it was a snitch. That was the image I got, anyway. It seemed so late seventies, like she was making a refrence to those annoying Def Leopard t-shirts or something.

And yeah, those would totally have been eaters on the brooms. They wouldn't damage anyone otherwise.

I really, really hope she is writing another book. I miss new books, and these little thing, the Beetle the Bard (I think I spelled that wrong, sorry) book and such, it's just making me miss it all the more.

I'm adicted. I'd easily pay $100 dollars for a nicely sized marauders era novel. Easily. Especially if it was dark and Snapeful...

*Fangirl depression*

Posted by KonKat from La Puente, California on October 13, 2008 07:11 AM

konKat, i know what you mean. i only went to one midnight magic party and barnes and nobles and i want to go to another one and celebrate harry potter with others just like me. i asked about beadle the bard and the guy at barnes and nobles said they're not doing anything special for it or the encyclopedia. so sad.

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on October 14, 2008 12:59 PM

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