We’ve all heard about the Harry Potter exhibition opening in the British Library in London on Friday, but did you know that Rowling’s original pitch for the first novel will be on display?
This year is the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Philosopher’s Stone outside of the USA.) While the exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, will give fans the opportunity to admire many behind the scenes aspects of the franchise, something that will interest aspiring writers the most is the pitch that Rowling sent with her manuscript when attempting for the first time to get the novel published.
Pitches are a synopsis of the plot, as succinct and attention-grabbing as possible, in order to capture a potential agent or editor’s imagination and interest. The first part of Rowling’s pitch went like this:
The beginning of a phenomenon! However, despite how eye-catching this pitch may be, bear in mind that Rowling was rejected by no less than twelve publishers before finally finding a home for her book at Bloomsbury. She also recently tweeted rejection letters she received, both for Harry Potter and for the crime novels she penned under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, one of which suggests that she takes writing classes! So don’t be disheartened by rejection. Rowling even admits to having pinned her first rejection letter to the wall as it gave her something in common with her favorite authors!
I pinned my 1st rejection letter to my kitchen wall because it gave me something in common with all my fave writers! https://t.co/ZmGNWDdF7x
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 25, 2016
And now she’s the highest paid celebrity on Earth. Mad how that can happen.
Apart from the pitch, there is an abundance of other magical memorabilia on display at the exhibition, which runs until February 28th, including sketches and timetables for characters by Rowling herself, as well as original manuscripts and notes, and examples of the inspiration behind many of the marvelous flora and fauna of the Potterverse.
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