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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Contributed By: Laura on 09-02-2002
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xlaurenx writes:
On the paperback 'Natalie McDonald' is on page '159' 3 lines from the bottom.
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Laura writes:
I forget where I first learned about it, but you can read a bit about the story on this page: http://www.nrtco.net/~gtv/jk_rowling.htm (You have to scroll down about 3/4 of the way.)
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Chase writes:
That was an amazing egg! I almost cried when I opened the book and saw her name on there. Thank you Mrs. Rowling for doing that for her, and God Bless little Natalie McDonald.
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ThorTheGod writes:
This is very touching and I think that the people who think that J. K. Rowling is a witch is a Paranoid moron.
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Boneho Chane writes:
Very, very, good easteregg. How did you fiqure this out?
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2of7 writes:
In my version of the goblet of fire it is on page 159.
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Anna writes:
that is so sad! its a great egg. How'd you find it?
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teejayc writes:
I thought that that eegg was really great and what a nice thing to do.
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Braydenizer writes:
That's so sad!
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Alyssa writes:
thats so sad
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smallvle writes:
actually, she stated somewhere that she didn't do any of that, and that it was just a rumor. she might have it on her site, www.jkrowling.com
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Harry Potter writes:
It was very nice but i thought innapropriate because harry potter is widely known and just because one little girl died she gets her name published in the book read by millions.Dont get me wrong it was extremely kind for the little girl but think about all the other kids that die each year hundreds of thousands of them and im sure that at least a couple of them loved harry potter as much as the little girl did so it just seems a little unfair.Sorry.
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