Sunday, September 19, 2010

JK Rowling Handwritten Potter Pages Go On Display

A report in the Scotsman today highlights that the original, signed manuscripts, originally written as part of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will be on show during the Wigtown Book Festival, which starts tomorrow and runs until the 2nd October 2010.

"The Ballard of Nearly Headless Nick" - a ghost who haunts Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - was eventually edited out of the second book in the series before publication

Fans of the stories will be able to read the framed pages displayed at Reading Lasses bookshop in Wigtown. The shop, owned by Gerrie and Susan Douglas-Scott, and Bex Woodsford, focuses on books written by and about women. "We're very excited that this bit of Harry Potter is coming home to Scotland for ten days," Gerrie Douglas-Scott explains.

The manuscripts were originally donated by Rowling to the Scottish Language Dictionaries in 2005 to help fund a new Scottish language dictionary. They are now in the hands of Ilyas Khan, a book collector and publisher of Asia Literary Review. The manuscripts have not previously been displayed in public. The exhibition was said to be a one-off and the pages will not be going on a world tour. Mr Khan said: "The Asia Literary Review has supported a number of literary festivals, but I must say that I am particularly pleased to see us in Wigtown."

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