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  JK read unpublished Potter to dying girl
Updated 29 December 2002, 19.35
JK Rowling with the young stars of the Chamber of Secrets
JK Rowling read parts of an unpublished Harry Potter book to a young girl who had just weeks to live.

The author called nine-year-old Catie Hoch at home so she would know what happened in the fourth Potter book before she passed away.

The fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, had not even been published at the time.

'Forever grateful'

JK Rowling with a copy of The Goblet of Fire
JK made the rare decision to let someone read her book before it was published when she heard that Catie had cancer.

She also sent Catie emails and presents before she died on 18 May 2000, the Sunday Mirror newspaper said.

Catie, who was a huge Harry Potter fan, had just got to the end of the third book when she found out she had weeks to live.

Catie's mother, Gina, told the paper: "I will be forever grateful for what Joanne did. She gave us something priceless by having this relationship with Catie."

  • JK Rowling earned more money than any woman in the UK in 2002, it's been revealed. She made 48 million from the Harry Potter phenomenon. She even earned more than the Queen, Madonna and Kylie!


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