Annotated 'Harry Potter' 1st edition on auction

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Sotheby's director of the department of printed books and manuscripts Dr Philip Errington poses for photographers with a first edition copy of the first Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" containing annotations and illustrations by author J.K. Rowling, during a photocall organized for the media at the auction house's premises in London, Monday, May 20, 2013. The book will be offered for sale as part of the "First Editions, Second Thoughts" auction on May 21, for which there are no price estimates available in advance as it is a charity sale. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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LONDON (AP) — A first edition copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" that contains author J.K. Rowling's notes and original illustrations is going on sale at a charity auction.

The personal annotations from the best-selling author included comments on the process of writing and a section from an early draft of the novel. They also included a note on how the best-selling author came to create the game of Quidditch.

It "was invented in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend. I had been pondering the things that hold a society together, cause it to congregate and signify its particular character and I knew I needed a sport," she wrote.

Rowling also drew illustrations in the book, including a sleeping baby Harry on a door step and an Albus Dumbledore Chocolate Frog card.

The copy will be sold Tuesday at Sotheby's London as part of an auction jointly organized with the writers' association English PEN.

The group, a charity that promotes the freedom to read and write, asked 50 acclaimed authors to "scribble second thoughts, marginalia or drawings" on a first-edition copy of one of their books.

Other participating authors included Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Seamus Heaney, Lionel Shriver and Yann Martel.

Sotheby's said Monday the funds raised will benefit English PEN.

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