Anniversary Day 3: Half-Blood Prince

Prior to the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I (like many people) was hinging on every word coming out of J.K. Rowling’s mouth, and particularly on every word springing forth from her website, hoping for information on the upcoming release. She certainly didn’t disappoint, publishing several chapter titles, a passage from the book, and tidbits like the fact there was to be a new Minister of Magic (not to mention the release of the cover art), all of which led to novel-length discussions as to what the meaning of it all was to be! I even entered a couple of contests to see who could predict the book the best, answering questions like who the new Minister was, and who the “old lion” described in the passage might be (trick question – same answer to both!).

My predictions, of course, were awful, and I wish I still had them somewhere. But I think of all the information we got ahead of time, the bit that intrigued me most was the fact that the first chapter of Half-Blood Prince was one Rowling had considered using before. How, I wondered, could that be? What is the topic of this mysterious chapter that could fit in multiple books? I pondered for hours, and what now seems like an obvious answer was anything but.

It’s a shame that for our kids, this will just be another first chapter in another book. At least we can regale them with stories of one of the greatest publishing phenomena in the history of the world. :)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter one: ‘The Other Minister’

~ by Josie on February 2, 2010.

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