How a Typo in Your Harry Potter Book Might Be Worth Thousands of Dollars
Does your copy contain the rare error?
This story originally appeared on time.com.
First editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone may be worth thousands of dollars thanks to a typo that exists in 500 hardback copies of the first novel in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world series.
As reported by the Independent, the error lies within a passage on page 53 in which “1 wand” is repeated twice in a list of supplies first-year wizards are expected to bring with them to Hogwarts. One book that includes the misprint is even expected to bring in more than $33,000 when it is sold at London’s Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts in November.
“As the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonehas a special place in the affections of the millions of readers across the world and the proof reading error about the wand in the first edition has, of course, become a treasured piece of Harry Potter arcana,” Matthew Haley, the Head of Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams, told the Independent.