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Old 06-11-2008, 05:22 AM
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Post Potter prequel now available online to read (UPDATED)

Waterstone's website has now updated with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter prequel, which sold for 25,000 in yesterday's charity auction (the short tale is about James Potter, Sirius Black, and an encounter with Muggle Policemen). The scans of the card on which Jo wrote the story can be seen and read in our galleries:





UPDATE: For those having difficulty reading Jo's handwriting, we have typed out the entire story so that it can be easily deciphered:

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The speeding motorcycle took the sharp corner so fast in the darkness that both policemen in the pursuing car shouted 'whoa!' Sergeant Fisher slammed his large foot on the brake, thinking that the boy who was riding pillion was sure to be flung under his wheels; however, the motorbike made the turn without unseating either of its riders, and with a wink of its red tail light, vanished up the narrow side street.

'We've got 'em now!" cried PC Anderson excitedly. 'That's a dead end!"

Leaning hard on the steering wheel and crashing his gears, Fisher scraped half the paint off the flank of the car as he forced it up the alleyway in pursuit.

There in the headlights sat their quarry, stationary at last after a quarter of an hour's chase. The two riders were trapped between a towering brick wall and the police car, which was now crashing towards them like some growling, luminous-eyed predator.

There was so little space between the car doors and the walls of the alley that Fisher and Anderson had difficulty extricating themselves from the vehicle. It injured their dignity to have to inch, crab-like, towards the miscreants. Fisher dragged his generous belly along the wall, tearing buttons off his shirt as he went, and finally snapping off the wing mirror with his backside.

'Get off the bike!' he bellowed at the smirking youths, who sat basking in the flashing blue light as though enjoying it.

They did as they were told. Finally pulling free from the broken wind mirror, Fisher glared at them. They seemed to be in their late teens. The one who had been driving had long black hair; his insolent good looks reminded Fisher unpleasantly of his daughter's guitar-playing, layabout boyfriend. The second boy also had black hair, though his was short and stuck up in all directions; he wore glasses and a broad grin. Both were dressed in T-shirts emblazoned with a large golden bird; the emblem, no doubt, of some deafening, tuneless rock band.

'No helmets!' Fisher yelled, pointing from one uncovered head to the other. 'Exceeding the speed limit by - by a considerable amount!' (In fact, the speed registered had been greater than Fisher was prepared to accept that any motorcycle could travel.) 'Failing to stop for the police!'

'We'd have loved to stop for a chat,' said the boy in glasses, 'only we were trying -'

'Don't get smart - you two are in a heap of trouble!' snarled Anderson. 'Names!'

'Names?' repeated the long-haired driver. 'Er - well, let's see. There's Wilberforce... Bathsheba... Elvendork...'

'And what's nice about that one is, you can use it for a boy or a girl,' said the boy in glasses.

'Oh, OUR names, did you mean?' asked the first, as Anderson spluttered with rage. 'You should've said! This here is James Potter, and I'm Sirius Black!'

'Things'll be seriously black for you in a minute, you cheeky little -'

But neither James nor Sirius was paying attention. They were suddenly as alert as gundogs, staring past Fisher and Anderson, over the roof of the police car, at the dark mouth of the alley. Then, with identical fluid movements, they reached into their back pockets.

For the space of a heartbeat both policemen imagined guns gleaming at them, but a second later they saw that the motorcyclists had drawn nothing more than -

'Drumsticks?' jeered Anderson. 'Right pair of jokers, aren't you? Right, we're arresting you on a charge of -'

But Anderson never got to name the charge. James and Sirius had shouted something incomprehensible, and the beams from the headlights had moved.

The policemen wheeled around, then staggered backwards. Three men were flying - actually FLYING - up the alley on broomsticks - and at the same moment, the police car was rearing up on its back wheels.

Fisher's knees bucked; he sat down hard; Anderson tripped over Fisher's legs and fell on top of him, as FLUMP - BANG - CRUNCH - they heard the men on brooms slam into the upended car and fall, apparently insensible, to the ground, while broken bits of broomstick clattered down around them.

The motorbike had roared into life again. His mouth hanging open, Fisher mustered the strength to look back at the two teenagers.

'Thanks very much!' called Sirius over the throb of the engine. 'We owe you one!'

'Yeah, nice meeting you!' said James. 'And don't forget: Elvendork! It's unisex!'

There was an earth-shattering crash, and Fisher and Anderson threw their arms around each other in fright; their car had just fallen back to the ground. Now it was the motorcycle's turn to rear. Before the policemen's disbelieving eyes, it took off into the air: James and Sirius zoomed away into the night sky, their tail light twinkling behind them like a vanishing ruby.
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*gasp* its here! the prequel!

*begins reading*

edit-- gosh that was good. and certainly leaves you wanting for more.

go Sirius and James!
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That was a really good story. It was funny and showed that James and Sirius were one of the biggest prankers ever! Awesome story! I wish there was a book!
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That was actually a fun story. I had some trouble making out her handwriting at first, but it was a nice thing to read in the middle of the night (for me anyways)
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Have'nt read this story, but it sounds quite cool.
yay 4th to post.
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Have'nt read this story, but it sounds quite cool.
yay 4th to post.
that's cause its the prequel dear

hmm, oh yeah, i was first to post a while ago huh?
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Can you make this text computered =) because it's really hard to read!
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I got so excided I accidentally cfut my toe on the thing beneath my computer chair.
Owie... but the PREQUEL WILL MAKE IT BETTER!

Yay! It's online! *reads*

EDIT: That was awesome! Funny too. "And don't forget! Elvendork; it's unisex!" Gotta love James
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This makes me warm inside. Lovely. Shorter than I expected, but great nonetheless. I have to admit that I'll miss the HP world...I need that encyclopedia asap!

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Awesome!!!!!! I'll have to read it later when i have more time. WOOT!
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is it the gryffindor t-shirt or is it really a band?

if its a band which do you think it is?

what immediately comes to my mind would be The Ramones:


although, there are other rock bands that has an eagle/ eagle-like logo, in fact there's a popular band whose logo is a griffin. (i'm kicking myself for forgetting the name of that band)
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OMGOMGOMGOMG It's here!!!!

It's brilliant I love Jo and I always will. She's amazing!!!
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awesome!!! loved it! too bad J.K is not planning to write more....
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It's a phoenix on their shirts surely? It's after they left school and they seem to be being chased so I assume that they are already members.

I always got the feeling the Order was a little less clandestine the first time round...and Jand and Sirius would have just LOVED to flaunt it!
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it was very good, hope she writes more
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is it the gryffindor t-shirt or is it really a band?

if its a band which do you think it is?

what immediately comes to my mind would be The Ramones:


although, there are other rock bands that has an eagle/ eagle-like logo, in fact there's a popular band whose logo is a griffin. (i'm kicking myself for forgetting the name of that band)

I recon it's a phoenix.

How good was that?!? But it certainly leaves you wanting more.

I think with this, you understand a bit more why people compare the Weasley twins to them, their humour is more pronounced here. And I love the fact that it was hand written. I know sometimes it is hard to read, but it just felt like I was reading something that hasn't been released yet, like I managed to get my hands on it before anyone else. Not sure if that makes sense to anyone else.

It's just a bit deflating at the end, when you realise that this is it (again). no more HP books.
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This is great!! I love it!!! Leaves you wanting more tho hey!!
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COOL.....I like that.it was good,It said on the news it was like 32 quid a word or sumat like that.

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