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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…

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!

J.K. Rowling Reveals How Wizards Went No. 2 Before Plumbing

J.K. Rowling Reveals How Wizards Went No. 2 Before Plumbing

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and people are celebrating appropriately – mastermind J.K. Rowling included, who tweeted about the milestone.

The author of the seven-book series also disclosed on Pottermore earlier this year that when wizards poop, they used to use magic to get rid of the evidence.

OMG! We 1,000 percent did not need to know this.

“Hogwarts’ plumbing became more elaborate in the eighteenth century (this was a rare instance of wizards copying Muggles, because hitherto they simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence),” she wrote on the website.

The more you know. Now where is Professor Lockhart? We need a memory charm to get this visual out of our heads.

J.K. Rowling Marks Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary With Special Message to Fans

J.K. Rowling Marks Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary With Special Message to Fans

On this day in 1997, Bloomsbury published J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K, and readers everywhere learned about The Boy Who Lived.

The author took to social media to ring in the 20th anniversary with a heartfelt note to fans.

MORE NEWS: Harry Potter‘s Oliver Phelps Says Meeting J.K. Rowling Was ‘Intimidating’

“20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others,” she tweeted. “It’s been wonderful. Thank you. #HarryPotter20.”

Bloomsbury is set to release four new editions of the book, one for each house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in honor of the anniversary.

“She had a vision,” Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley in the films, added. “Congratulations @jk_rowling #HarryPotter20.”

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Harry Potter's Oliver Phelps Says Meeting J.K. Rowling Was 'Intimidating'

Harry Potter's Oliver Phelps Says Meeting J.K. Rowling Was 'Intimidating'

Harry Potter‘s 20th Anniversary is here!

Can you believe it’s really been 20 years since the first book hit shelves? We can’t either.

In a recent interview, Oliver Phelps (he played George Weasley) opened up about meeting the author, J.K. Rowling on the set of the movies.

“She was probably the most intimidating person I’ve ever met in my life,” he confessed. “Not by any fault of her own, just by ? she made everything that we were doing.”

We can imagine that would be intimidating!

Oliver adds, “I remember we were in Rupert’s dressing room on one of the later films, and she came in and totally blindsided all of us. I think we were doing something silly, like, we were playing darts but with a crossbow or something not very mature.”

“She explained where the twins characters came from and where their influences are and stuff like that. I didn’t want to rock the boat too much and ask, ‘Well, what do they do afterwards … what does one of them do afterwards?’ But it was quite interesting learning the backstories and where the characters came from.”

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