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The 1st Page Of JK Rowling’s Failed ‘Harry Potter’ Pitch Just Surfaced And Fans Are Freaking Out

by Jess Butler
Jess is a curly-haired Jersey girl who adores penguins and watches the worst reality shows on TV.

Harry Potter has been mystifying children of all ages for the past 20 years.

In 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published, marking a huge moment in literary history — but this wasn’t the beginning for the series’ author, JK Rowling.

The writer faced countless obstacles and was rejected time after time while trying to make her big break in the industry.

Now, to celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, JK’s original synopsis for the first book has been put on display at the British Library for all to see.

Just reading it has led many fans to wonder how publishers ever rejected the story, and the document is making a huge buzz.

Keep scrolling to find out what the synopsis says, and learn more about the tough journey that eventually resulted in the boy wizard we all know and love!

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This is JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series cherished by millions. Although she is now a successful writer, her journey wasn’t an easy one.

According to Business Insider, JK confessed during a Harvard commencement speech: “An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless… By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.'”

 

J.K. Rowling's rejected "Harry Potter" synopsis pitch is now on display.

It has been 20 years since she finally got her big break and began a life-changing book series.

But her road was full of rejection.

J.K. Rowling's rejected "Harry Potter" synopsis pitch is now on display.

On March 25, 2016, JK shared two of the rejection letters she received while trying to publish under an alternate pen name, Robert Galbraith.

J.K. Rowling's rejected "Harry Potter" synopsis pitch is now on display.

The letters only pushed her forward, which proves you should never give up on something you truly believe in.

But now, there’s an even bigger revelation about JK’s slow rise to success.

J.K. Rowling's rejected "Harry Potter" synopsis pitch is now on display.

Now, 20 years after Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published, fans everywhere are freaking out over the original synopsis that several publishers rejected.

J.K. Rowling's rejected "Harry Potter" synopsis pitch is now on display.
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The synopsis goes over JK’s ideas and the plot for the entire book.

It is now on display at the British Library in a special exhibit to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter!

J.K. Rowling's rejected "Harry Potter" synopsis pitch is now on display.
Jess Butler for LittleThings

Although only the first page is visible, the rest of the rejected synopsis JK pitched is underneath for safe keeping.

Understandably, people are intrigued and want to see JK’s own words on paper. The news of the display has made quite an impact on fans and Harry Potter lovers alike.

J.K. Rowling's rejected "Harry Potter" synopsis pitch is now on display.

Please SHARE if you’re glad JK never gave up on her dream, no matter what those publishers had to say!