A copy of the first Harry Potter novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, carrying a typo, is expected to fetch between USD 19,460 to USD 25,940 at an auction. The book, one of the 500 copies of the rare first edition of the book, contains an error on page 53 where a list school supplies that Potter must purchase before attending Hogwarts magic school repeats the ‘1 wand’, reported the Week.
The error was corrected in subsequent prints of JK Rowling’s 1997 novel but some copies are still in circulation. This particular copy is described as being in “exceptionally fine condition” and has been put on the auction block by Bonhams. The book will go on sale on November 9.
“As the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has a special place in the affections of the millions of readers across the world and the proofreading error about the wand in the first edition has, of course, become a treasured piece of Harry Potter arcana,” said Bonhams head of books and manuscripts Matthew Haley.
The story of boy wizard is on a revival again after nine years in the literary world following the release of the script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, a London stage play co-written by Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and billed as the eighth Potter story.
As the new Harry Potter play opened to swooning reviews and delighted gasps from the audience in London on Saturday, his creator came on to the stage to announce that this marked the end of the journey for the beloved boy wizard.
The play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ and a book based on its script have helped awaken a new wave of Pottermania five years since the previous episode was made into a movie. It was billed as the eighth instalment in the series and had many hoping that this would mark a new beginning with a new phase of stories. But it seems, that is not to be.