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Fight inspired game of Quidditch

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LONDON -- A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that contains author J.K. Rowling's notes and original illustrations is going on sale at a charity auction.

The personal annotations from the bestselling author included comments on the process of writing and a section from an early draft of the novel. They also included a note on how the bestselling author came to create the game of Quidditch.

It "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 I knew I needed a sport," she wrote.

Rowling also drew illustrations in the book, including a sleeping baby Harry on a door step and an Albus Dumbledore Chocolate Frog card.

The copy will be sold Tuesday at Sotheby's London as part of an auction jointly organized with the writers' association English PEN.

The group, a charity that promotes the freedom to read and write, asked 50 acclaimed authors to "scribble second thoughts, marginalia or drawings" on a first-edition copy of one of their books.

 

-- The Associated Press

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 21, 2013 C11

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