Take a Look at the Harry Potter Synopsis That Most Publishers Turned Down

“Harry Potter lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin because his parents died in a car-crash — or so he has been told.”

If you read that sentence, would you keep going? That was the choice faced by publishers across the U.K. when they received the synopsis of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time. And most of them passed it right by…

At the “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibit at the British Library, fans can take a peek at Rowling’s original synopsis for first Harry Potter book, and get the chance to place themselves in the shoes of an editor; how would you have replied to this synopsis?

Here’s a peek of it in print:

For those who can’t make it to the British Library, most of the information found in the exhibit is available in the book Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic. But the hardcopy of this synopsis will be on display until February 28th, 2018!

[Via Huffington Post]


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