updated 05/29/2008 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/29/2008 AT 10:00 AM ET
Within the past month, J.K. Rowling has written a prequel to Harry Potter.
And the succinct, 800-word story, written in the author’s own hand, will be auctioned off for charity in London on June 10. (The tale is so shrouded in secrecy, it s not even clear if the boy wizard makes an appearance.)
Proceeds will go to the writers’ association English PEN and to Dyslexia Action.
Fans – who have gone almost a whole year since Rowling’s last installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – will be able to read the prequel for themselves when it’s published by Waterstone’s in August.
In her sign-off to the story (written on a piece of paper not much bigger than a postcard), Rowling said, “That was fun!”