J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter: The Prequel in 2008, and you can read it here.
While the Harry Potter author has swore off writing a lengthy novel that would serve as a precursor to Sorcerer’s Stone, Rowling did write a canon, official prequel following James Potter and Sirius Black on their own adventure, set three years before Harry’s birth.
Harry Potter The Prequel was hand-written on a piece of paper that was auctioned off for charity. It was sold at auction in 2008, but luckily, it was published online at the same time so that fans weren’t cut off from enjoying the short story.
Here’s a scan of the hand-written pages (Don’t worry, we transcribed it at the bottom of this article):
Its release was a big deal for fans at the time, because it came out a year after the release of the final book’s (Deathly Hallow’s) publication. Rowling’s next post-Potter extension of the Wizarding World, Pottermore, wouldn’t arrive for a couple more years.
Said Rowling at the time of the Harry Potter prequel’s release, “Although I did feel like a bit of a relapsing addict as I sat down to write, the words poured from my pen with frightening ease – I am NOT working on a prequel. Indeed, I’ve written that clearly at the bottom of the card itself. I just thought that this was the best way to make money for two extremely worthwhile charities.”
Those two charities were English PEN and Dyslexia Action, who split £25,000. (If this were sold at auction today, we suspect it would go for much more.)
Despite fans begging for more Marauders content, Rowling has not fleshed out that story further. However, she’s currently in the midst of co-writing the five-part Fantastic Beasts film series, which is set decades before the events of the Harry Potter series. The third film will hit theaters July 2022.
Better still, you can read the prequel to Harry Potter in its entirety below!
Read ‘Harry Potter The Prequel’ Below:
The speeding motorcycle took the sharp corner so fast in the darkness that both policemen in the pursuing car shouted ‘whoa!’ Sergeant Fisher slammed his large foot on the brake, thinking that the boy who was riding pillion was sure to be flung under his wheels; however, the motorbike made the turn without unseating either of its riders, and with a wink of its red tail light, vanished up the narrow side street.
“We’ve got ’em now!” cried PC Anderson excitedly. “That’s a dead end!”
Leaning hard on the steering wheel and crashing his gears, Fisher scraped half the paint off the flank of the car as he forced it up the alleyway in pursuit.
There in the headlights sat their quarry, stationary at last after a quarter of an hour’s chase. The two riders were trapped between a towering brick wall and the police car, which was now crashing towards them like some growling, luminous-eyed predator.
There was so little space between the car doors and the walls of the alley that Fisher and Anderson had difficulty extricating themselves from the vehicle. It injured their dignity to have to inch, crab-like, towards the miscreants. Fisher dragged his generous belly along the wall, tearing buttons off his shirt as he went, and finally snapping off the wing mirror with his backside.
“Get off the bike!” he bellowed at the smirking youths, who sat basking in the flashing blue light as though enjoying it.
They did as they were told. Finally pulling free from the broken wind mirror, Fisher glared at them. They seemed to be in their late teens. The one who had been driving had long black hair; his insolent good looks reminded Fisher unpleasantly of his daughter’s guitar-playing, layabout boyfriend. The second boy also had black hair, though his was short and stuck up in all directions; he wore glasses and a broad grin. Both were dressed in T-shirts emblazoned with a large golden bird; the emblem, no doubt, of some deafening, tuneless rock band.
“No helmets!” Fisher yelled, pointing from one uncovered head to the other. “Exceeding the speed limit by – by a considerable amount!” (In fact, the speed registered had been greater than Fisher was prepared to accept that any motorcycle could travel.) “Failing to stop for the police!”
“We’d have loved to stop for a chat,” said the boy in glasses, “only we were trying —”
“Don’t get smart – you two are in a heap of trouble!” snarled Anderson. “Names!”
“Names?” repeated the long-haired driver. “Er – well, let’s see. There’s Wilberforce… Bathsheba… Elvendork…”
“And what’s nice about that one is, you can use it for a boy or a girl,” said the boy in glasses.
“Oh, OUR names, did you mean?” asked the first, as Anderson spluttered with rage. “You should’ve said! This here is James Potter, and I’m Sirius Black!”
“Things’ll be seriously black for you in a minute, you cheeky little —”
But neither James nor Sirius was paying attention. They were suddenly as alert as gundogs, staring past Fisher and Anderson, over the roof of the police car, at the dark mouth of the alley. Then, with identical fluid movements, they reached into their back pockets.
For the space of a heartbeat both policemen imagined guns gleaming at them, but a second later they saw that the motorcyclists had drawn nothing more than —
“Drumsticks?” jeered Anderson. “Right pair of jokers, aren’t you? Right, we’re arresting you on a charge of —”
But Anderson never got to name the charge. James and Sirius had shouted something incomprehensible, and the beams from the headlights had moved.
The policemen wheeled around, then staggered backwards. Three men were flying – actually FLYING – up the alley on broomsticks – and at the same moment, the police car was rearing up on its back wheels.
Fisher’s knees bucked; he sat down hard; Anderson tripped over Fisher’s legs and fell on top of him, as FLUMP – BANG – CRUNCH – they heard the men on brooms slam into the upended car and fall, apparently insensible, to the ground, while broken bits of broomstick clattered down around them.
The motorbike had roared into life again. His mouth hanging open, Fisher mustered the strength to look back at the two teenagers.
“Thanks very much!” called Sirius over the throb of the engine. “We owe you one!”
“Yeah, nice meeting you!” said James. “And don’t forget: Elvendork! It’s unisex!”
There was an earth-shattering crash, and Fisher and Anderson threw their arms around each other in fright; their car had just fallen back to the ground. Now it was the motorcycle’s turn to rear. Before the policemen’s disbelieving eyes, it took off into the air: James and Sirius zoomed away into the night sky, their tail light twinkling behind them like a vanishing ruby.
Notably, the original copy of the Harry Potter prequel was stolen in 2017, and has yet to be recovered.
Hopefully one day Rowling will extend the universe further with a larger Marauders story, but for now we have this to enjoy. While we can’t expect a ninth Harry Potter book to ever happen, it seems way more likely that the Wizarding World will eventually expand to cover more of the pre-Harry era.