J K Rowling's handwritten Potter pages to be displayed at book festival

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 19, 2010 08:50 hrs

The handwritten pages by Harry Potter author J K Rowling will go on display at a book festival in Wigtown famously known as Scotland's National book town.

The original, signed manuscripts, written as part of 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,' would be shown during the Wigtown Book Festival.

The Ballard of Nearly Headless Nick - a ghost who haunts Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - was apparently edited out of the second book in the series before publication.

But fans of the stories would be able to read the framed pages displayed at ReadingLasses bookshop in Wigtown.

The shop, owned by Gerrie and Susan Douglas-Scott, and Bex Woodsford, focuses on books written by and about women.

"We're very excited that this bit of Harry Potter is coming home to Scotland for ten days," the Scotsman quoted Gerrie Douglas-Scott as saying.

The manuscripts were originally donated by Rowling to the Scottish Language Dictionaries in 2005 to help fund a new Scottish language dictionary. They are now in the hands of Ilyas Khan, a book collector and publisher of Asia Literary Review.

Khan said: "The Asia Literary Review has supported a number of literary festivals, but I must say that I am particularly pleased to see us in Wigtown." (ANI)

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