In June 1990, J.K. Rowling was sitting on a train from Manchester to London when an idea popped in to her head. Over the next five years she began to plan out the seven books of the Harry Potter series. The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was eventually published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 1997. the book quickly proved hugely popular and went on to change J.K. Rowling's life and children's book publishing forever.
This is the original synopsis of the first Harry Potter book. It was typed, on her old typewriter, by J.K. Rowling to accompany the opening chapters and circulated among prospective publishers. A copy was submitted to Bloomsbury Publishing and was a significant step in convincing them to offer J.K. Rowling her first contract.
An early version of the Professor of Astronomy’s name is recorded here as ‘Aurelia Sinistra’, later becoming ‘Aurora Sinistra’. J.K. Rowling often uses Latin words for her names and spells. ‘Sinistra’ (Latin for ‘left hand’) is also the name of a star in the constellation of Ophiuchus, better known as the Serpent Bearer.