J.K. Rowling Wrote Some Notes Inside A Harry Potter Book

Hufflepuff was almost a bear and she made Quidditch because she thought sports were one thing that holds society together.

1. A first-edition “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” with some hand-written notes from J.K. Rowling was auctioned off for about $227,421 in London in May.

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2. She wrote that Hufflepuff was almost a bear.

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Her notes say:

“Changed my life forever.”

“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 the fans if I’d stayed with my original idea of a bear to represent it?”

4. On another page she explained how she came up with Quidditch.

Her notes say:

“Harry Potter rolled over inside his blanket.”

Quidditch “was invented in a 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 needed 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.”

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