JK Rowling has penned a prequel to the seven book Harry Potter series. The 800-word outline was donated for an auction to raise money for English PEN and Dyslexia Action charities. Before you get too excited, Rowling says that the prequel doesnt actually exist, ending the outline with:
“From the prequel I am not working on – but that was fun!”
And while I’m sure fans would love a prequel, it doesn’t seem like a very good idea to me. The story which takes place before Harry went to Hogwarts, and before he began to discover his powers, isn’t probably a tale worth telling. Plus, the friends and enemies which Harry later meets at Hogwarts would likely not be part of said story.
Other authors who have donated outline works are Lisa Appignanesi, Margaret Atwood, Lauren Child, Richard Ford, Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Michael Rosen, Axel Scheffler, Tom Stoppard and Irvine Welsh. Copies of the cards will be published as a book which will be available in August.