Rowling's Potter Prequel Conjures Up $49K for Charity

800-word tale features Harry's father
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2008 5:01 AM CDT
Author J. K. Rowling signs a copy of her book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007.    (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
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(Newser) – JK Rowling’s handwritten “prequel” to the Harry Potter books has sold for $49,000 at a charity auction to benefit the PEN writers organization, Reuters reports. In the 800-word story, which takes place before Harry’s birth, the boy wizard’s father and Sirius Black use magic to elude police in a high-speed chase. The work also manages to brush aside rumors that an eighth Potter book is in the works.

“From the prequel I am not working on—but that was fun!” Rowling writes at the end, just above her signature.