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J.K. Rowling's Original 'Harry Potter' Pitch Unveiled - Read It Here!

J.K. Rowling's Original 'Harry Potter' Pitch Unveiled - Read It Here!

We’ve all heard the story about author JK Rowling‘s pitch for Harry Potter being rejected not just once, or twice, but 12 times before Bloomsbury said yes — and now, the original pitch has been revealed!

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone”, the original pitch has gone on display at the new Harry Potter: A History Of Magic exhibition at London’s British Library and we’re definitely still scratching our heads about how 11 other publishers said no to it — because it’s just as magical as you’d expect!

Check out the first page of the pitch below:

Harry Potter lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin because his parents died in a car-crash — or so he has been told. The Dursleys don’t like Harry asking questions; in fact, they don’t seem to like anything about him, especially the very odd things that keep happening around him (which Harry himself can’t explain).

The Dursleys’ greatest fear is that Harry will discover the truth about himself, so when letters start arriving for him near his eleventh birthday, he isn’t allowed to read them. However, the Dursleys aren’t dealing with an ordinary postman, and at midnight on Harry’s birthday the gigantic Rubeus Hagrid breaks down the door to make sure Harry gets to read his post at last. Ignoring the horrified Dursleys, Hagrid informs Harry that he is a wizard, and the letter he gives Harry explains that he is expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in a month’s time.

To the Dursleys’ fury, Hagrid also reveals the truth about Harry’s past. Harry did not receive the scar on his forehead in a car-crash; it is really the mark of the great dark sorcerer Voldemort, who killed Harry’s mother and father but mysteriously couldn’t kill him, even though he was a baby at the time. Harry is famous among the witches and wizards who live in secret all over the country because Harry’s miraculous survival marked Voldemort’s downfall.

So Harry, who has never had friends or family worth the name, sets off for a new life in the wizarding world. He takes a trip to London with Hagrid to buy his Hogwarts equipment (robes, wand, cauldron, beginners’ draft and potion kit) and shortly afterwards, sets off for Hogwarts from Kings Cross Station (platform nine and three quarters) to follow in his parents’ footsteps.

Harry makes friends with Ronald Weasley (sixth in his family to go to Hogwarts and tired of having to use second-hand spellbooks) and Hermione Granger (cleverest girl in the year and the only person in the class to know all the uses of dragon’s blood). Together, they have their first lessons in magic — astronomy up on the tallest tower at two in the morning, herbology out in the greenhouses where the…

Chloe Lukasiak Reveals That She is a Proud Slytherin

Chloe Lukasiak Reveals That She is a Proud Slytherin

Chloe Lukasiak is here to shatter stereotypes about the most misunderstood Hogwarts house in the Harry Potter series.

“Guys. I got sorted into Slytherin,” the dancer and writer shared on Twitter. “YES.”

We love her response! After all, Slytherins are ambitious, resourceful, and cunning — and all of those traits definitely belong to someone who has managed to write a book, star on a reality show, and launch a web series by age 16.

Chloe also shared the good news with her dad — who “didn’t know what Slytherin” was. (Educate that man!)

Congratulations, Chloe!

TELL JJJ: What Hogwarts house are you in?

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Fans Think Harry Potter's Ariana Dumbledore Was An Obscurus & We Definitely Agree With Them

Fans Think Harry Potter's Ariana Dumbledore Was An Obscurus & We Definitely Agree With Them

Harry Potter fans are just way too smart and we yearn to be like them all the time — especially when they figure out something like this.

In a major connection with the prequel franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, fans have pointed out that Ariana Dumbledore, Albus’ younger sister, might have actually been an obcurus too, like Credence (Ezra Miller).

Here’s the history behind Ariana: she was assaulted by three Muggle boys who saw her doing magic and because of this trauma, Ariana refuses to use her powers and becomes magically unstable.

Years later, their mother Kendra dies in an accidental outburst of magic from Ariana, leaving Albus in charge of the family.

Sounds an awful lot like an obscurus to us!

See what all the fans are saying below:

Tom Felton & Matthew Lewis Find Their True Patronuses at Pottermore (Video)

Tom Felton & Matthew Lewis Find Their True Patronuses at Pottermore (Video)

We think Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis are just a little disappointed with their true patronuses, after taking a Pottermore quiz.

Obviously, Matthew (Neville Longbottom) was hoping for The Rock, and Tom, well…he didn’t get his fire breathing dragon.

Instead, they both got cats!

Tom learned that if Dementors ever came his way, he’d have some help of a ragdoll cat.

Matthew has a tortoiseshell cat at his side — and he didn’t seem to mind it at all, actually.

Warwick Davis, who played both Griphook and Professor Filius Flitwick in the franchise, also took the quiz and found out his own Patronus would be a weasel.

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Ariana Grande References Obscure 'Harry Potter' Spell on Twitter

Ariana Grande References Obscure 'Harry Potter' Spell on Twitter

Even an obliviate curse couldn’t keep Ariana Grande‘s extensive Harry Potter knowledge down.

J.K. Rowling tweeted a picture of an enormous (terrifying) spider this week, and the pop star knew exactly how to respond.

“arania exumai,” Ariana quote-tweeted the author, referencing an obscure spell in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Hermione uses fighting off spiders.

Fans are seriously impressed with her riddikulus knowledge — but not too surprised.

After all, this is the singer who named her puppy Sirius Black in 2015, and who attended the Deathly Hallows Part II premiere in 2011.

Tell JJJ: What Hogwarts house do you think Ariana would fall in?

It's Albus Severus Potter's First Day at Hogwarts & Muggles Are Celebrating Hard

It's Albus Severus Potter's First Day at Hogwarts & Muggles Are Celebrating Hard

September 1st, 2017 marks the official “19 Years Later” from Harry Potter, and author JK Rowling, and fans across the world are giving us all the feels about it.

Albus Severus Potter, Rose Granger-Weasley, and Scorpius Malfoy have officially started their magical journey at Hogwarts and fans across the world are celebrating.

“Today’s the day Albus Severus Potter boards the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross for the first time #19yearslater,” author JK remembered on Twitter.

It gets even better when you see that muggles gathered in London’s King’s Cross Station to celebrate said day and it makes us sad that we aren’t there too.

Together, a packed crowd counted down the minutes until 11 a.m. — the exact time when the Hogwarts Express promptly departs the station. We mean, how cool is this?

Happy first year Albus, Scorpius and Rose!

'Harry Potter' Fans Pay Tribute To Robert Hardy aka Cornelius Fudge After His Death

'Harry Potter' Fans Pay Tribute To Robert Hardy aka Cornelius Fudge After His Death

We’re so sad to report that British actor Robert Hardy has passed away at the age of 91.

You might not know his name off hand, but you do know his alter ego in the Harry Potter movies, Cornelius Fudge.

Robert‘s family confirmed the news to the BBC saying he had a “tremendous life” and “a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years.”

Robert also starred in the television series All Creatures Great And Small.

Almost immediately after the news, the Harry Potter fandom came out to pay their respects and send their prayers to his family during this difficult time.

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Potterheads Take Over Social Media To Wish Harry Potter a Happy Birthday

Potterheads Take Over Social Media To Wish Harry Potter a Happy Birthday

Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

Today marks the 37th birthday of Harry Potter (and author JK Rowling) and twitter is celebrating like mad!

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Potterheads across the globe are heading to social media to wish Harry and Jo a very happy birthday and JJJ‘s rounded up the best ones ever — starting with this one from Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the movies.

Plus, a little known fact, too:

Click inside to see even more birthday wishes for Harry Potter… More Here! »