ALS signed “J. K. Rowling, (Jo to my friends),” one page both sides, 8.25 x 11.75, April 11, 1998. Very early letter to "Ross and Chris." After writing "thank you" eighty-four times on the front of the page, Rowling writes, in full: "THANK YOU for your letter about Harry Potter. Did your arm ache after writing all those 'pleases'? Mine does. There will be seven Harry Potter books in all, to answer your question. Number two, which is called 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' will be published in July. I really hope you like it as much as the first one—it is the most flattering thing I could possibly be told, that Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone is the best book you've read. So here is another THANK YOU." In fine condition.
Rowling sent this letter to two young boys who had written to her to say how much they loved the first Harry Potter book, which was released in Great Britain at the end of June 1997. She had adopted the gender-neutral nom de plume 'J. K. Rowling' just before publication, as her publisher thought that using her real name—Joanne—would make the book less appealing to their target audience of young boys. This remarkable letter changed hands privately in 2004, but has never before been published or made available on the public market. An exemplary piece with sought-after early Harry Potter content.
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