New secrets about the Harry Potter books have been revealed in a JK Rowling bibliography published this week.
Philip Errington’s comprehensive JK Rowling: A Bibliography 1998-2013 details all the workings of the author’s bestselling novels, including correspondence with her editor and revisions.
Fans will discover a host of secrets about the Hogwarts stories, including the range of different titles Rowling considered for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The fourth instalment, released in 2000, was almost called Harry Potter and the Death Eaters, Harry Potter and the Three Champions or Harry Potter and the Fire Goblet. We reckon the one she settled on has the best ring to it.
Harry Potter through the ages
Harry Potter through the ages
1/7 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
2/7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The second installment saw Harry come face to face with Voldemort again, but in an incarnation of his youthful self. Daniel Radcliffe was thirteen when the film came out.
3/7 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry arrives in the graveyard to be confronted by Voledemort in the fourth instalment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
4/7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Acclaimed as the 'best film yet' by Rowling on it's release in 2007, The Order of the Phoenix grossed nearly $940m in total. In this scene Harry fights off a dementor after it attacks his cousin Dudley Dursley.
5/7 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
As the characters grew older, JK Rowling's narrative arc grew progressively darker with Harry facing evil forces more than ever.
6/7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The final book of the seven-long series was turned into two epic-length films. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows marked a departure from Hogwarts and a traditional 'Potter' story arc.
7/7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, was softer in tone, with Harry, Ron and Hermione seeing their children off to Hogwarts.
Other titbits of fun information involve Rowling’s editor telling her that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was “overlong”, to which she enthusiastically replied, according to the Guardian: “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…”
Rowling was less keen on the edits to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, however, which she claimed made her “sick of it”.
Rowling has voiced her respect for Errington’s 544-page work, writing that she is “in awe of the level of detail and amount of time he has dedicated to this slavishly thorough and somewhat mind-boggling bibliography”.Reuse content