The Philosopher’s/Stone, Sorcerer’s first book in the Harry Potter series, is not only riddled with faults, but it is also set to go down in auction history with a somewhat baffling price tag.
Prepare to dig through your old books because if your copy of Harry Potter’s first book was published in June 1997, you might be able to summon a massive quantity of money. An estimated 200 of these are out in the wild, and the errors are gloriously raw from the writing process.
The term “philosopher” is misspelled as “philosophers,” and a phrase concerning “one wand” is given twice as one of the qualifications to enter Hogwarts. All of them are minor inaccuracies, but they demonstrate why books are re-released with new covers and minor modifications over and over again.
In extraordinary condition, previous first-edition auction sales have fetched £80,000 (about $112,000). With a stunning £125,000 sale last year, another first edition went considerably above that. Other copies have sold for less, with prices in the £60-70,000 (about $75,000-$87,500) range typical for these rare limited editions. However, the most recent charge should astound you.
The initial edition’s errors are now worth £200,000 (about $250,000). That much is true. 500 signed copies of the first Harry Potter adventure were published on June 26, 1997. It would be difficult to describe to someone in 1997 how complicated Harry Potter’s legacy and author J.K. Rowling’s would be. However, Rowling’s very public actions and comments regarding trans women cannot be erased existence.
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