Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Easter Egg - Homage to a Deceased Fan
This was a sweet tribute from J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, to a young girl who wrote to her. Natalie McDonald was a real girl who was suffering from a terminal illness; she knew she wouldn't live to see the end of the Harry Potter series, so she wrote to Rowling and asked how everything would turn out. Rowling, who has a young daughter herself, wrote back to Natalie and detailed the whole remaining storyline for her. Unfortunately, Natalie died a few days before the letter arrived. Hearing of her death, Rowling did an edit on "Goblet of Fire" to include Natalie as a character.
On page 180 (of the hardcover edition, anyway), you can see where Natalie is participating in the Sorting Ceremony at the start of Harry's school year. Significantly, she gets sorted into Harry's house -- Gryffindor.
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||Laura on 09-02-2002
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