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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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Miss Cissy

Ha ha. I watched the walle trailer a bajillion times!

Did you know that the actor of the little Tom is actually the real Voldemart's nephew? It is! Isn't that funny


Posted by Anonymous on October 20, 2008 2:06 PM

Wow, anonymous that is funny. i guess it gives you the feeling you are seeing voldy jr. i saw the international one and i think its good too. especially the end it made my day to see the library set so clean and pretty looking! but i don't remember when the burrow was attacked though...remind me?

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on November 1, 2008 09:36 AM

I also liked the international trailer. The end in the library is funny, but I think it is out of character for Harry.

Miss Cissy, do you mean if the burrow is attacked in the book or not? Because it is not. The scene was added when Harry goes to visit the Weasleys' for Christmas.

Posted by Anonymous from Arizona on November 1, 2008 11:12 AM

oh, that makes sense! thanks, anonymous! and i agree, the library scene isn't in character at all for harry. he actually doesn't like girls looking at him like that and he has a crush on ginny in that movie was kind of stupid putting it in there.

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on November 3, 2008 1:22 PM

Regarding OOTP, Phoenix emblem, T-Shirts and WEIRD NAMES

We have the following Data:

Born: 27 March 1960
Died: 31 October 1981

Born: 31 July 1980

Considering a 9 month pregnancy, Lily must have gotten pregnant at the beginning of november 1979. From that date to the 27th march 1980, there are 5 months of pregnancy. During that period of time James is still 19 years old, and can be considered to be in his late teens.

--'Names?' repeated the long-haired driver. 'Er -- well, let's see. There's Wilberforce... Bathsheba... Elvendork...' -- Sirius is really quick at saying funny and strange, for me that he and James have been thinking of possible names (male, female and unisex) for the baby and have had a laugh finding some funny ones.
So, if I'm right, it's very possible that both of them are already part of the order of the phoenix and don't really have time to be slipping past the muggle police just for fun. What I found most strange, was that they were wearing "T-Shirts", not cloaks like normal wizards. Maybe they were in some kind of secret mission disguised as muggles and we all know how well wizards are aware of muggle fashion. They wanted to look like muggles, but still have the phoenix emblem on them, maybe being proud to be on their first mission.

Posted by Mauricio from Mexico on November 16, 2008 04:21 AM


Sirius is just good that way. Ever since he was little, he could get himself out of trouble with a laugh or two. so i dont think it has to do with thinking of a name for harry...good idea though!

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on November 22, 2008 12:58 PM

I have not read Rowling's prequel but I do believe that it woud be a great idea to write one and to publish it. I would love to see how harry's father and sirius and lupin behaved in their young age in more detail. I would especially love to hear about their fights against voldemort. it would be very intersting. has anyone heard of there being such a publication?

Posted by Harry'sLover from Cincinnati on November 26, 2008 12:12 PM

sorry Harry'sLover, there haven't been any publications like that. at least not by JK Rowling. But you could use what you know to write something of your own, right? I did and it wasn't all that bad. At some parts I even added my own characters. Harry Potter belongs to us now. So do what ever you want with it!

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on November 30, 2008 3:17 PM

I can't wait to read the rest. I hope she publishes the whole book!

Posted by Carrie from Detroit on December 5, 2008 5:56 PM

the new harry potter trailer is amazing
i love that it included harry and dumbledore on the rock in the middle of the sea right next to the cliff with the cave
and the new cover for the movie is awesome. I hope they keep it. It had dumbledore and harry in the cave with a wand in each of their hands. simple and to the point.

Posted by Nyx on December 11, 2008 3:26 PM

In respose to the 3 people chasing James and Sirius I really do think it is obvious that they are Eaters my only question is why would they leave 3 very dangerous bad guys with muggle police? Even if they are knocked out.

Posted by Frances from Lancaster, Ca on December 20, 2008 11:04 PM

where this is a narritive, we don't really know that the other guys were bad guys, maybe they just seemed to be from the policemens point of view. It could have been just Lupin and wormtail messing around cause the marauders wanted to have some fun by scaring some muggles.

Posted by Laura from Newfoundland on December 30, 2008 10:54 AM

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