What is "The Shoebox Project" about?


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The "Shoebox Project" is a collection of pictures, notes, letters and scenes that revolve around the lives of Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black and Lily and James Potter during their younger years. The Harry Potter fan-fiction writings are a collaboration between Hannah Jones and a college friend. Hannah writes under the pseudonym Jaida Jones, while her co-author is known as Rave.

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The "Shoebox Project" started as a thread in the LiveJournal website before becoming immensely popular in the Harry Potter fan community. The story is set in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the 1970s. It is a prequel to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling which, as of July 2013, had sold between 400 and 450 million copies.

As of Sept. 16, 2006, the "Shoebox Project" boasted 25 sections, or nearly 600 pages. On Feb. 8, 2013, a 571-page e-book collection of all the writings from the LiveJournal thread was published. In addition to using characters from the Harry Potter universe, the "Shoebox Project" also features themes, situations and plot points that mirror those found in the original series. One such instance is when Lily and James Potters' parents, or the grandparents of Harry Potter, are killed by Death Eaters which seems to foreshadow the death of Harry's parents in the first novel of the original series.

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