Prequel to 'Harry Potter' by JK Rowling now online

  June 11, 2008 at 1:26 AM ET
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The shorter-than-short Harry Potter prequel by author J.K. Rowling is now available to read online at Waterstone's web site. The story, handwritten on the front and back of a note card, was one of 12 from various authors auctioned for the bookseller's What's Your Story? charity fundraiser. Rowling's went for nearly $50,000.

It begins:

The speeding motorcycle took the sharp corner so fast in the darkness that both policemen in the pursuing car shouted...

Click hereopens in new window and then click on "Read our authors' stories" and then J.K. Rowling to view the entire prequel!

UPDATE: The auction winner, Hira Digpal, president of Tokyo-based investment-banking consulting company Red-33, saysopens in new window that he wants to raise more money for charity with his purchase and has notified Rowling's publishers of his wishes:

Here I am, owning a piece of literary history. I think I got a bargain. Hopefully, we can raise much more than the sale.


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