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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 12)

The story says, "the men on broomsticks slam into the upended car and fall, apparently insensible, to the ground, while broken bits of broomstick clattered down around them."

I doubt James and Sirius would do that to Lupin.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, Ca on December 30, 2008 10:58 AM

It says that "Both were dressed in T-shirts emblazoned with a large golden bird"
I think the bird is a phoenix which would mean that they had already joined the order.

Posted by Poppy. from Christchurch on January 4, 2009 5:47 PM

I feel that it has nothing to do with James Potter's up bringing as being half and half because Sirius is a pure blood and he acts the exact same way as James and theres nothing wrong with being half and half or muggle born. Goes to show you that anyone can fall in love, and I dont like the term mudblood.

Posted by JADE from RICHMONDVA on January 18, 2009 4:13 PM

I just read the second part of the story,
The part where they come to Potters house did everyone read the second part as well cause i did not see it before

Was the one who tipped the Eaters Wormtail?
or wormtail was still "good" at this moment?

Posted by Potter Freak from Holland on January 26, 2009 02:37 AM

I don't think so, PF. But he does appear nervous for some reason, I think we should suspect at least his not totally on our side at this point.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 26, 2009 3:36 PM

PF - the second part was not written by JK. I don't think you can count that part as having anything to do with the first part.

Posted by KF from Manchester on January 31, 2009 10:17 AM

There is no way James was brought up by muggles. His mother states "WHAT HAVE YOU BOYS BEEN UP TO NOW?! Your hands on the clock never left 'danger'!" Assuming the "clock" was similar to Mrs.Weasley's.

Posted by A Close Fan from Lala Land, U.S.A on February 13, 2009 2:35 PM

I wonder why JK didn't give any hints of Mr and Mrs Potter; I mean Harry's grandparents. Is it possible that they were still alived when Lily and James were ed. But if they were alived, why Harry had to live with Dursleys? JK didn't clear this mystery. If James' parents were not alived at that time, when they d? I think Sirius told Harry in OOTP that he left his parents at 16 and went to Potters. So, Potters were alived atleast 5 years before the of Lily and James.

Posted by Arman from Bangladesh on July 27, 2009 8:17 PM

Good point Arman
I don't know either. That's a really good question that I would like to know the answer to.

Posted by Expecto Patrunum on July 30, 2009 08:18 AM

They were probably ed by Voldemort.

Posted by Ellimac from The Computer under the Stairs on July 31, 2009 10:18 PM

A Close fan, the second page is fan fiction, not written by JK and therefore UNRELIABLE as part of this disscussion.

Posted by aranel on August 19, 2009 2:17 PM

I always wanted to know about Harry's parents, even Lily's parents...where were they? What happened to them?
And the prequel JK wrote I am a bit upset with, because it doesn't tell us anything we didn't know, and it's the same kind of thing any fan-fiction writer would write. But it was fun to read:)

Posted by imafan from magic, harrypotterville on September 22, 2009 6:22 PM

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