JK Rowling Pens Potter Prequel

800-word manuscript to be auctioned for charity
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2008 3:49 AM CDT
The last of the Harry Potter books being sold last year. Now JK Rowling has written a prequel - just 800 words long - for charity.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – Harry Potter fans mourned when JK Rowling ended the enormously popular schoolboy wizard saga with the seventh and final book last year. But now she has written a surprise short prequel likely to trigger a bidding frenzy. Rowling has donated an 800-word handwritten manuscript to the British bookseller Waterstone's to be auctioned for charity.

"We never dreamed that JK Rowling would donate something so precious, and we're incredibly grateful," said one of the organizers.