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A rare unpublished work by Harry Potter author JK Rowling is going under the hammer for a whopping 25,000 pounds.

And the piece of work is a hand-drawn, personal horoscope and natal chart, which Rowling gave to the newborn son of a friend at the time she was writing the first Potter book.

The multimillionaire writer, who celebrates her 45th birthday today, had met the parents of the boy at baby classes she attended with her daughter Jessica when she was a penniless single mother in Edinburgh.

The horoscope, dedicated to Jack David Buchanan who was born in 1994, gives a fascinating insight into Rowling”s writing and imagination before she went on to worldwide success.

It comprises 12 loose pages in a plastic folder and is being sold by memorabilia specialists Paul Fraser Collectibles.

The cover illustration depicts the chart”s key astrological symbols of the sun, fishes and a lion in pen, ink, and coloured pencil laid down on bright blue card.

In the horoscope, Rowling, who is now worth more than 500 million pounds, displays a detailed knowledge of Western astrology, which later played an important part in her books.

“Born the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces. He will enjoy school, perhaps be accident-prone, (like all Pisces) could be prone to alcoholism, and (perhaps like us all) may well fall in love with someone totally incompatible,” the Scotsman quoted her as saying.

A spokeswoman for Paul Fraser Collectibles said: “Unpublished illustrations and writings by JK Rowling are incredibly rare and offer a wonderful insight into the creative mind behind Harry Potter.

“It is possible to detect in this short piece some of the characteristics that were shortly to bring Rowling”s prose such extraordinary success; a great and varied sense of humour, flights of fancy underpinned by an internal logic, and of course a mingling of the everyday world with the strange and magical.”


JK Rowling has described the plagiarism charges against her as “absurd”.

Administrators of late children”s writer Adrian Jacobs’ estate had filed a lawsuit against the author’s publisher Bloomsbury Plc last year.

It claimed that Rowling in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ had copied a substantial part of Mr Jacobs” novel The Adventures of Willy The Wizard – No 1 Livid Land, published in 1987.

Now, the lawsuit has been changed to include Rowling in a personal capacity.

However, the Edinburgh-based author has slammed all allegations.

“I am saddened that yet another claim has been made that I have taken material from another source to write Harry,” the Scotsman quoted her as saying.

She added: “The fact is I had never heard of the author or the book before the first accusation by those connected to the author”s estate in 2004; I have certainly never read the book.”

Meanwhile, the trustee of the estate of Adrian Jacobs, Paul Allen, said: “The estate, which acts independently of Adrian Jacobs family, has been in correspondence with lawyers for Rowling and her publishers for several years but have been repeatedly rebuffed.

“We have taken expert legal advice and we believe we have very strong case. We have only joined JK Rowling, now Mrs Murray, to our lawsuit against Bloomsbury after discovering legal cause of action against her within the last six years.”

He concluded that the case being heard in the High Court in England, was about “upholding our legal copyright and seeking proper compensation” and asking for the “breach of copyright to be stopped”.

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