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The joys of Pottermore

JK Rowling’s new website Pottermore is a shrewd move, and may usher in a golden age of fan fiction

By Sam Leith   August 2011

JK Rowling’s new website is sure to be a hit, but will it allow Harry Potter fans to contribute?  Image: I.M. Bitter

I’m not proud of it, but it’s still out there somewhere—in some needle-strewn clearing in a neglected byway of the internet: my own Harry Potter story. This slice of adolescent sadism saw Dobby the house elf, overcome after receiving a parcel of socks on Christmas morning, tumble into an open fire and burn alive alongside the chestnuts.

I posted it online while preparing an article years ago, and had, truth be told, quite forgotten about it. But memories…

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