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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…

Val Chmerkovskiy Writes Memoir Due Out in March 2018

Val Chmerkovskiy Writes Memoir Due Out in March 2018

Make some room on your bookshelves for Val Chmerkovskiy‘s upcoming memoir.

The Dancing With The Stars pro dancer, and two-time champ, will be dropping his first book in March 2018, Gossip Cop reports.

Titled “I’ll Never Change My Name: An Immigrant’s American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars”, the memoir will chronicle his beginnings and his rise to fame on the hit ABC show.

Published by HarperCollins, the upcoming book “illuminates his soul, revealing a deep, thoughtful person who channels his emotions and socially conscious views through his art. The beloved dance champion and choreographer assesses his life and career so far – where he’s come from and where he hopes to go.”

Inside Val‘s book, you’ll find poetry that he’s written, as well as 16 pages of never-before-seen photographs. Val‘s brother Maks even wrote the foreward.

Can’t wait to read it!

Mackenzie Ziegler Debuts the Cover for Her First Book

Mackenzie Ziegler Debuts the Cover for Her First Book

Mackenzie Ziegler just shared the cover of her debut book “Kenzie’s Rules For Life” today, and we can’t wait to read it!

The 13-year-old entertainer announced she was writing a book back in May, and it’s due to be released May 15, almost exactly one year later.

The cover features Kenzie donning a sweet pink romper, white sneakers, and curly hair, holding a piece of chalk. On the chalkboard behind heard it reads: “Kenzie‘s Rules For Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat” with her full name.

Pre-order the book with the link below.

Congratulations, Kenzie!

JoJo Siwa Celebrates the Release of Her Book 'JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life'

JoJo Siwa Celebrates the Release of Her Book 'JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life'

JoJo Siwa is celebrating her book release day!

The 14-year-old entertainer and former Dance Moms star took to Instagram today to share the exciting news.

“MY BOOK IS OUT!!!” she wrote. “Go get it right now at wherever books are sold! or click the link in my bio to order on amazon! I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE THIS! #JoJosGuide #PeaceOutHaterz.”

She isn’t the only Dance Moms star with a book deal; Chloe Lukasiak‘s book is coming out in January, and Maddie Ziegler has already published a book as well.

Congrats, JoJo!

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Rowan Blanchard Announces Art Book 'Still Here' Coming in 2018

Rowan Blanchard Announces Art Book 'Still Here' Coming in 2018

Rowan Blanchard is such a powerful young voice we knew it was only a matter of time until she wrote a book — and now she has!

As usual, the former Girl Meets World star has totally subverted our expectations.

The 15-year-old actress and activist took to Instagram today to announce the cover for her new book, STILL HERE.

“OKAY HERE WE GO!!!!” she wrote. “For the past three years, I have been making, collecting, and editing various artworks, made by myself and my insanely talented friends (most of which I met thru the internet :D) into an art book with @penguinrandomhouse @razorbillbooks.”

“I am so overwhelmed and excited and nervous to present to you guys the cover for STILL HERE, coming to you early next year,” she continued, “this is so surreal and is what I have been up to at 1 in the morning alone in my bedroom for the past few years! Ok this is insane! Link in my bio if you want to know more! Ok I love teenagers so much this is for you!! Ok bye I am freaking out!”

We’re freaking out too! Rowan has been such an outspoken proponent of Generation Z and the power of the Internet, and we are so proud of her for using these passions to make something important.