An interesting article in Britain's Guardian newspaper -- available online:
-- about an exhibit of Rowling's original Harry Potter MS, including
some drawings by the author of her creations (a small reproduction is
included in the article showing Hagrid, Dumbledore, and McGonnagal
holding baby Harry by starlight, obviously from Chapter One).
From the article:
"Meanwhile, visitors to the Seven Stories National Centre for Children's
Books, which opens next week, will find what looks like a hastily
scribbled shopping list with the words Binns, Auriga, Flitwick, Sprout.
For those who fail to recognise the names, an underlined page heading
gives the game away: The Journey from Platform 9 3/4
"This is the original manuscript, much altered and slaved-over, which
launched one of modern fiction's most brilliant careers. Alongside the
sheaves of unlined paper, criss-crossed with blue and black ink, one of
Rowling's original but unused drawings is also going on show at the
£6.5m project on Tyneside.
"The drawing shows how closely the casting and make-up of actor Robbie
Coltrane as Hogwarts' caretaker, Hagrid, came to reproducing Ms
Rowling's original idea. The black-and-white sketch was intended for the
first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which introduced
the oddly- numbered King's Cross platform used to travel to Hogwarts. It
leaves Harry's features to the imagination - he is just a baby about to
be left by Hagrid and Professor Dumbledore with the Dursley family.
"The progress of the writer's thoughts is clear from the manuscripts,
with sections deleted and swapped around and space boxed-off for
checklists of characters - Binns, Flitwick and Sprout are professors at
Hogwarts school and Auriga is said to have been intended to be the name