The Original Harry Potter Pitch Has Been Revealed And There's A Big Difference!
26 October 2017, 06:55
The short pitch, written 20 years ago, was rejected by 12 publishers before finally being made into one of the world's best selling fictional book series.
It’s hard to believe J.K Rowling got rejected by 12 publishers before finally bringing her Harry Potter world to fruition - they must be kicking themselves now!
The famed author may have gone on to sell over 65 million books worldwide but her hopes of having a bestselling novel rested one a small pitch.
For the first time ever, fans of the Potter universe have finally been able to see Rowling’s first letter featuring a small extract from the book written in a bid to snag a publishing deal twenty years ago.
However there is one big difference, which sees Hermione described as the "cleverest girl in the year and the only person in the class to know all the uses of dragon’s blood" but there's no mention of her being a muggle-born - which is a large part of Hermione's character identity.
While Harry Potter fans are sure to know every bit of the story (who could forget?!), the full reading of Rowling’s pitch makes for a fabulous trip down memory lane.
The transcript reads:
"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..."
The transcript comes as part of an exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Royal Library, which celebrates 20 years of Harry Potter.