“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” the 47-year-old writer said in a statement confirmed by her publisher, Little Brown.
“It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
I expect that the number of people buying the book will rise exponentially following this shocking news story! Will you be one of them?
“No shield here – crest. I mean all that came in the later editions. This one’s a bit wonky but you get the idea.”
“Perhaps Hufflepuff house would have the respect it deserves from fans if I’d stayed with my original idea of a bear to represent it?”
Drawing of sleeping baby Harry
“Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking”
“was invented in small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend. I had been pondering the things that hold a society together, cause it to congregate and signify its particular character and knew I need a sport. It infuriates men, in my experience (why is the snitch so valuable etc), which is quite satisfying given my state of mind when I invented it.”
J.K. Rowling has recently sold her annotated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for over $220,000, and her official website has been updated with a snapshot of the book’s interior. Pictured here is Snape, as unpleasant as always!
UPDATE: An anonymous bidder has won the Harry Potter author’s rare first edition!
A rare first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” took a massive price at charity auction in aid of the English Pen writers’ association in London on May 21. Featuring J.K. Rowling’s handwritten notes as well as original illustrations, the 1997 book was sold to an anonymous bidder, who bid for it over the telephone, for $228,000.
The “Harry Potter” book appeared along with books from other notable names at the auction hosted by Sotheby’s. Among them were a copy of “Life of Pi“, which got $3,900 and has author Yann Martel’s notes on why the chapters were switched from the original Canadian edition, and a first edition of Margaret Atwood’s “The Blind Assassin”, which fetched $5,460.
“This is a triumphant conclusion to a wonderful project, which has involved the hard work and good will of so many people,” said Rick Gekoski, who curated the collection of annotated first editions for the sale. “I am sure that the buyers of the individual books will be thrilled with their purchases.”