- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 14, 2006

LONDON (AP) — British author J.K. Rowling says she won an argument with airport security officials in New York to carry the manuscript of the final “Harry Potter” book as carry-on baggage.

Had security agents not relented she might not have flown, she said in a posting on her Web site dated Wednesday.

“I don’t know what I would have done if they hadn’t — sailed home probably,” she wrote.

The author had participated in a book reading for charity 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.

“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.”

She said she was still considering two 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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