exhaustive new J.K. Rowling bibliography being published
in the UK reveals secrets behind the workings of her
Harry Potter books, the Guardian reports. "J.K.
Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013" by Philip
Errington includes correspondence between Rowling and
her editor and details the revisions of the Potter works
herself blurbed the book. "As someone who respects
comprehensive research, I am in awe of the level of
detail and amount of time Philip Errington has dedicated
to this slavishly thorough and somewhat mind-boggling
bibliography," she writes.
the secrets fans will discover:
Alternative titles considered for "Harry Potter and
the Goblet of Fire" were "Harry Potter and the
Death Eaters," "Harry Potter and the Fire
Goblet" and "Harry Potter and the Three
The manuscript of "The Order of the Phoenix"
was handed over in a London pub, spy-style: brought in
by an agent who left it behind with the editor, never
mentioning the enormous sack containing the manuscript.
Working on "The Chamber of Secrets," which her
editor had said was "overlong," Rowling wrote,
"I’ve done more to it than you suggested, but I
am very happy with it now, which wasn’t the case
before. The hard work, the significant rewrites I wanted
to do, are over, so if it needs more cuts after this, I’m
ready to make them, speedily..."
In its edits, that book lost a song for the ghost Nearly
Headless Nick. The song was later posted online by
addition to being an assiduous bibliographer, Errington
is Sotheby’s director for children’s books. "J.K.
Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013" includes
definitive information about published editions of all
the Harry Potter books — so readers can know if they
have a true first edition.