J. K. Rowling’s Handwritten HARRY POTTER Manuscript on Display in Scotland

Harry Potter fans at the Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland will be treated to a rare look at pages from J. K. Rowling’s handwritten manuscript for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The two framed pages contain The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick, which was edited out of Chamber of Secrets.

Nearly Headless Nick, the victim of a botched execution, is the resident ghost and friend of the Gryffindors. On her website, Rowling explains that, “In the first draft of ‘Chamber of Secrets’, Nick sang a self-penned ballad explaining how his head had (nearly) come off. My editor was not very fond of the song and so I cut it.”

Rowling donated the pages to the Scottish Language Dictionaries in 2005 to help fund a new Scottish language dictionary. They are currently owned by Ilyas Khan, a book collector and owner of Asia Literary Review. They’ve never been displayed in public before and this is a one-time exhibition.

The display will be held at the ReadingLasses bookshop in Wigtown. The Wigtown Book Festival runs from September 24th until October 3rd.

(Source: BBC News)

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