Photos of J.K. Rowling’s notes in rare ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ book released

The Guardian has published photos of three pages containing a sketch and handwritten notes by J.K. Rowling from a first edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This rare book and other annotated first editions from different authors are up for auction to support a literary charity named the English PEN and Rowling’s Lumos charity. One photo reveals new info about a Hogwarts house. J.K. Rowling originally planned for the Hufflepuff animal to be a bear. The photos can be viewed below. We have typed out the notes below each photo for those that have difficulty reading the J.K. Rowling’s handwriting.


UPDATE #1: This special first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was purchased by an anonymous bidder for £150,000 ($228,000).

UPDATE #2: A photo of another sketch from this annotated book has been released and can be viewed here.



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

J.K Rowling

Drawing of sleeping baby Harry

“Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking”

J.K Rowling

“was invented in 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 need 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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