Harry Potter and the writers’ museum

A sketch of Harry asleep on the Dursleys' doorstep
A sketch of Harry asleep on the Dursleys' doorstep
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HARRY Potter and the Writers’ Museum... no not the title of a new wizarding movie, but that of a display guaranteed to have fans of Hogwarts heading up the Royal Mile.

Among the items on display will be a rare first-edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, featuring personal anecdotes and illustrations by author JK Rowling.

The original hardback was annotated by Rowling in 2013 to raise money for charity.

Featuring 43 annotations, including 22 original drawings by the author, the book includes a sketch of baby Harry asleep on the doorstep of the Dursleys; the author’s thoughts on Quidditch; and the Hogwarts Crest featuring a bear rather than a badger as the Hufflepuff house mascot.

The book itself will be opened at different, annotated, pages on set days - 14, 21 & 28 December - so that no two visits are the same.

Richard Lewis, Culture Convener at the Council, says, “This unique first edition features a remarkable glimpse into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

“In it, JK Rowling opens her heart about her characters and creations and makes beautiful illustrations of magical scenes from the series.

“It is a privilege to display this book by one of the world’s most popular authors in the city’s Writers’ Museum.

“The historic building houses rare books and items belonging to some of Scotland’s greatest ever writers and is the perfect place to display J.K. Rowling’s classic, annotated, book.

“We are thankful to the private lender, JK Rowling and the Scottish Book Trust for their generous support.”

A programme of family events, featuring magic and music, art, animation and storytelling, will coincide with the display.

In 2008, JK Rowling was presented with the Edinburgh Award by the city’s Lord Provost.

Harry Potter and the Writers’ Museum, Lady Stair’s Close, until 8 January, 10am-5pm, free