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See JK Rowling's Harry Potter Thought Process On Paper

This is mind boggling. Regardless of whether or not you’ve ever written a book, you should have some knowledge of the amount of effort and research that goes into it. Of course, with wizard fiction most of the research comes from your own dusty old brain box, but that’s neither here nor there.

Perhaps the most loved series of books to date (depending on who you ask), the Harry Potter series chronicles a vast world littered with subplot after subplot, action, love, loss, and anything you could hope to want out of a story. Well, except for politics, but who likes to read about that. A story this expansive is bound to have scads of notes and ideas involved with it, and today we get a look at how author JK Rowling kept all of them in order.

A piece of her loose leaf notebook paper has found its way onto the tubes and it’s epic. Maybe it’s just because I’m a 12-year-old fan boy stuck in the body of a 26-year-old, but seeing this makes me giddy. This paper obviously doesn’t encompass the entirety of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but you get a pretty good idea of what’s going on even just from this 120 square grid. Each row represents a period of time, and each column its own subplot and character motivation. Some squares are even filled with just thoughts and ideas that the characters would be having, like Voldemort actively trying to lure Harry to “H of P”.

It’s always interesting to see an artist’s process to either admire or analyze compared to your own. Have a look down below, or see it embiggened where it originated and hunt around for easter eggs.