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Rowling halted at airport security

By Karl Schneider     September 15, 2006
Source: AP

J. K. Rowling, creator of the HARRY POTTER books, in a 1999 CNN appearance
According to the Associated Press, J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter, said that she won an argument with airport security officials in New York to carry the manuscript of the final Potter book as carryon baggage on her flight back to London. Had security agents not relented, she said on her Web site on Sept. 13, she might not have flown.

"I don't know what I would have done if they hadn'tsailed home probably," Rowling wrote.

Rowling was in New York to take part in a book reading for charity on Aug. 1 with fellow writers Stephen King and John Irving. Security was drastically tightened after Aug. 10 when British police said they had intercepted a plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners.

"The heightened security restrictions on the airlines made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven," Rowling wrote. "A large part of it is handwritten, and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the U.S." Eventually, she added, "They let me take it on, thankfully, bound up in elastic bands."

Rowling said she was still considering two possible titles for the last of the boy wizard's adventures. "I was quite happy with one of them until the other one struck me while I was taking a shower in New York," she wrote. "They would both be appropriate, so I think I'll have to wait until I'm further into the book to decide which one works best."


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strarscream713 9/15/2006 4:36:39 AM
I just cant believe most is handwritten. I think that in itself is interesting in itself for me..I would that in this day, it would be on her laptop with tons of back ups..then again, a laptop could be probably be stolen or copied and leaked...way to stand up for yourself J.K.R.
jamesdalton 9/15/2006 5:56:54 AM
"Harry Potter and The Full-Cavity Search."
evilron 9/15/2006 7:07:41 AM
I agree, this sounds as though someone wanted to get their hands on this manuscript. Wow, who'd have thought someone in authority would try to abuse thier position? I wonder what their initial excuse for trying to have her put it in her checked luggage was?
smegforbrain 9/15/2006 8:11:23 AM
"Since when has there been a restriction for non-liquid items in carry-ons from US to UK?" Umm, since that terrorist plot was broken up last month in the UK. The ban on items was much harsher in the UK (almost any carryon) than the US (no liquids). This includes all flights from the US to the UK, although I'm not sure about US-bound flights from the UK. These rules in the UK have also caused major problems for musicians such as violinists, who practically never leave their instruments out of their sight. And when a violin is 150 years old, and they're being told they can't carry it on the plane, well, it's pretty understandable why they're upset.
fft5305 9/15/2006 10:11:35 AM
LOL, Dalton! Btw, you kicked ass in Road House. I don't blame JKR for being overly cautious with this. I think if I were her, I'd have about 5 bodyguards around me at all times until the book went to press.
smegforbrain 9/15/2006 12:20:45 PM
"Smeg, I think you have it backwards." If I do, why did they attempt to stop Rowling from carrying on the manuscript on a UK-bound flight?
almostunbiased 9/15/2006 2:38:16 PM
I always get struck by titles in the shower too. It frickin stings when your naked.
almostunbiased 9/15/2006 2:41:33 PM
#10 - suaw1211 He would have gotten away with it too if it hadn't been for those darn kids and that dog with his frickin scooby-snacks.
godsonfilm 9/15/2006 6:46:30 PM
She is just a pure marketing genius is what she is... Not only was the sacred manuscript almost taken from her, which contained the map to Hoggwarts, but she also found a way to intrigue us all with her overly dramatic cliffhanger about potential Titles, which she never mentions by the way... Free Advertisement!!!
madmanic999 9/15/2006 7:32:09 PM
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