Harry Potter fans might feel as though they have nothing left to learn about the magical book series or its author, J.K. Rowling, because so much has been written and revealed over the past twenty years. However, fans craving more revelations are in luck because J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography give us just that.
The 544-page JK Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013 book was published by Bloomsbury Academic and reveals inside details about her bestselling wizarding world. Author Philip Errington, has spend five exhaustive years compiling the book.
Speaking about the bibliography, Philip Errington had this to say, as reported by The Guardian:
“There is a lot of incorrect information out there and this is a chance to set the record straight with detailed research. I’m very fortunate that Bloomsbury let me into their archives, and that I was able to interview key people. This could act as a map for the future … you can see how the Harry Potter series just took off.”
One of the things we learn in the bibliography is that extensive edits of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban left Rowling “sick” of the novel. Writing a letter to her editor, Emma Matthewson, she said:
“Finally! I’ve read this book so much I’m sick of it, I never read either of the others over and over again when editing them, but I really had to this time. If you think it needs more work, I’m willing and able, but I do think this draft represents an improvement on the first; the dementors are much more of a presence this time round, I think.”
In August of 1998 Rowling’s editor replied, telling her it was “just great Jo – quite a huge, teetering tottering plot that never quite falls down! What a feat!”
Fast forward to November and we see that Rowling wrote another letter to her editor, making it quite clear that she was tired of re-reading Prisoner of Azkaban:
“An annoying little speech bubble has just popped onto my screen saying ‘looks like you’re writing a letter. Would you like some help?’ This laptop is too clever for its own good … I am so sick of re-reading this one that I’ll be hard put to smile when it comes to doing public readings from it. But perhaps the feeling will have worn off by next summer… “
The comprehensive book also divulges Rowling’s title suggestions for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which were: Harry Potter and the Death Eaters, Harry Potter and the Fire Goblet, and Harry Potter and the Three Champions.
J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography will be available in hardcover April 23. The ebook is already available for purchase on Amazon.