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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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I think J.K. is going to write a prequel because she worked so hard on the Harry Potter series that it is impossible in my mind for her to just give up. After all look at how she started out in her career. And look at her now. She just cant stop.

Posted by Anonymous from georgia on July 30, 2008 11:12 AM

The books said Lilly and James defied Voldemort three times, it didn't say if Sirius did. James and Lilly were only about 21 when they were ed, so they had to be in the order at a very young age, maybe 17.
Sirius and James were still close up-on James's . I say they and Lilly were probably in the Order, along with Remus and Wormtail.
I think Sirius and James were risk takers. I think they were doing something for the order and got caught. It had to be something mighty big for the eaters to risk being seen out on the street on their brooms.

Thought just struck me what if the reason they had the phoenix? shirts on was because Sirius wanted everyone to know he wasn't like the rest of his family. That he wasn't in Slyverin, but in the Order of the Phoenix.
Jame wore the shirt to support Sirius. Remus and Wormtail may have had the same shirts.
On the Goblet of fire movie,doesn't the marauders map have a phoenix on it? before it opens up. This is a question because I can't remember.

Posted by Pamela Sue from ark on July 30, 2008 11:33 AM

Some good points Pamela Sue, but while the movie may have shown a possible phoenix on the marauder's map, I don't believe the books ever describe any pictures on the map other than that of Hogwarts Castle & grounds.

I agree that I can see Sirius wearing a phoenix shirt for the reason of showing his difference from his family, and James wearing it in support of him, or just so the duo could thumb their noses at Snively and his Eater chums. It all works back into their collective bravado IMHO. Maybe even especially if this takes place after Regulus' , something I hadn't considerred before...but not likely I guess since RAB was the younger Black (but still a possibility).

Posted by John from Chicago, IL on July 31, 2008 08:42 AM

i thought that they had to be like around 18 to drive a bike you know? i was really stumped by a few things like is Abby maybe Sirius' girlfriend? or does she come in just for the story?

Posted by Anonymous from Singapore on August 2, 2008 08:30 AM

Well... Wizards come of age at 17... and I don't even think Wizards have drivers licenses anyway...

Regarding Abigail, your guess is literally as good as ours, please remember, Abigail is the invention of the page of fan fiction that follows the JK page.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles on August 2, 2008 11:36 AM

What I would like to know is more about Harry's grandparents on Lily and James' side!

Why didn't any of them take Harry when Lily and James Potter d?

Posted by Reace Bain from Edinburgh, Scotland on August 2, 2008 12:27 PM

There can be only one reason. Because they weren't alive.

Doesn't Dumbledore tell McGonagall, in that very first chapter, that the Dursleys are the only family Harry has?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles on August 2, 2008 1:07 PM

"I've come to bring Harry to his aunt and uncle. They're the only family he has left now."

Dumbledore, Sorcerer's Stone/Philosopher's Stone, pg. 13/15

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles on August 2, 2008 1:12 PM

Where does it say James was a Chaser? I can't find it!

Posted by ithil from Cal. on August 4, 2008 10:50 AM

The bird is a phoenix. So what if it is supposed to be red? What if they thought it was cooler Golden?

Posted by ithil from Cal. on August 4, 2008 10:55 AM

Okay, two thoughts here.

1) Rowling loves the usage of metallics in her books. Silver Invisibility Cloak, thoughts in the Pensieve and Patronuses. Gold snitches, baby unicorns, Triwizard dragon egg clues. She also pulls fire into her stories frequently; a clear example of this is Fawkes himself. Given her emphasis on these shimmering colors and firey imagery, it makes sense that the phoenix on the shirts is shown as golden.

2) Perhaps this is meant to symbolize the phrase that would later appear on Lily and James' tomb? (Without my books right now, but I think it was something like "The last enemy to conquer is .") Taunting the Eaters by showing them that all who are good are reborn, like a phoenix after it is engulfed in flames?

Posted by Maggie from Philadelphia, PA on August 4, 2008 1:18 PM

Maggie: when you say the good are reborn, do you mean like reincarnation? because i dont see james and lily walking down privet drive...

Pamela Sue has a point though. maybe the order was in need of faithful people at the time and dumbledore would have trusted anyone like Marauders and lilly. plus, james and sirius were good at not getting caught so they would be useful to the order, like mundungus was.

Posted by miss cissy from malfoy manor on August 4, 2008 2:58 PM

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