Friday 23 February 2018

Harry Potter manuscripts on display

JK Rowling's manuscripts have never gone on display before
JK Rowling's manuscripts have never gone on display before

Original hand-written manuscripts by Harry Potter author JK Rowling are to go on display at a book festival.

The two framed pages, signed by the author, were originally written as part of Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.

They feature The Ballad Of Nearly Headless Nick, which was eventually edited out of the second book before publication.

The manuscripts will be displayed during the Wigtown Book Festival in Dumfries and Galloway, which gets under way tomorrow. Fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the pages at ReadingLasses bookshop.

Shop owner Gerrie Douglas-Scott said: "We're very excited that this bit of Harry Potter is coming home to Scotland for 10 days."

The pages were donated by Rowling to the Scottish Language Dictionaries five years ago to help fund a new Scottish language dictionary.

Now in the hands of Ilyas Khan, a book collector and publisher, the manuscripts have not previously been displayed in public.

The festival, which contributes more than £500,000 a year to the local economy, will run until October 2.

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