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Potter prequel raises $50,000 for British charity

Author J.K. Rowling has auctioned an 800-word prequel story for charity.

A prequel to the Harry Potter series, handwritten by J.K. Rowling, has sold at auction for US $50,000 in a London fundraiser.

There was frenzied bidding by fans of the boy wizard for the 800-word story, which stars Sirius Black and James Potter, Harry's father.

Set three years before Harry was born, it involves an altercation with a Muggle policeman.

The Potter prequel comes almost a year after the last book in the series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, hit the shelves. Rowling has said she won't write more of the Potter story for at least 10 years.

Rowling was one of 13 authors who submitted works for auction to benefit the British branch of PEN and a dyslexia charity.

Among the others were Canada's Margaret Atwood, Sebastian Faulks and Nick Hornby.

Each wrote their story on a piece of A5 paper, scarcely bigger than a postcard.

Tom Stoppard's card with a mystery story sold for US $8,000 and Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing's sold for US $6,000.

Copies of all the cards will be on display in Waterstone's bookstores in the U.K. and be available online Wednesday.


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