A Harry Potter fan has received an exclusive edition of JK Rowling’s first book after entering a competition by a publishing company that is auctioning it off for keeping it safe in her attic in the United States. Cumbria for a decade.
Childcare practitioner Chloe Esslemont was 16 when she entered the Bloomsbury competition, had to write a letter explaining in no more than 50 words why she loved Harry Potter, with participants encouraged to draw and do make their letters as complex as possible.
Her post read: “Rita’s crimson claw-like nails, detailed thoroughbred pedigree, Harry’s sarcastic jokes, Luna’s lion hat and Quidditch commentary. SPEW, meaningful character names, conversations with portraits, Peeves jokes, things that seem insignificant but become very important later… These details color and enrich the world by Harry, making it the defining series of childhood.”
Her colorful language and art impressed the judges and she was selected as one of 14 runners-up, winning a special 15th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Thuy is bound in leather – published exclusively for the contest and signed by author Rowling.
The book, which has never been released for general sale, will go up for auction at the Hansons Library auction in Staffordshire on December 16 and is expected to fetch up to £10,000.
Ms Esslemont said: ‘I’ve kept the book wrapped up in the attic for years. I got into Harry Potter when I was five. That’s when I went to see my first movie. I loved it and started reading all the books.
“Everybody was crazy about Potter when I was at school. I dressed up as Hermione for World Book Day and my grandmother knitted me a Gryffindor scarf. I still love the Potter books but I won this award 10 years ago, it has gone to waste and the money will come in handy now. I am very excited about the auction. I will watch it online.”
Technically, this is the rarest Harry Potter book I’ve ever dealt with, and I’ve rated hundredsBook Expert Jim Spencer
Jim Spencer, Hansons book expert who has earned global recognition for his rare Harry Potter finds, said he has never seen an example of a book like this.
“Technically, this is the rarest Harry Potter book I’ve ever dealt with and I’ve reviewed hundreds of them,” said Mr Spencer. The rarest and most valuable Potter book to own is often considered one of 500 original hardcover copies of the Philosopher’s Stone from its first print in 1997.
“I have found 18 of them so far and the highest hammer price achieved so far is £69,000. I also have many early paperback editions, and recent editions have sold between £7,500 and £8,000.
“But this new find is particularly scarce as it is one of 15 books published specifically to mark the 15th anniversary of the Potter phenomenon. I traveled from the Midlands to Cumbria, right on the Scottish border, to collect it. As soon as the investigation was launched, I started the engine to go see it.
“The value is completely unknown. I haven’t found another one for sale, or sold, anywhere. I don’t even think there’s even a picture of one online. I’m pricing it broadly at between £5,000 and £10,000 but who knows what will happen if two or more people decide to own it.
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“This beautiful book never went on sale. It’s exclusive to Chloe and is on sale with her original entry, which is awesome. Her intricately designed and decorated letter takes the form of a folded document inspired by the Marauder’s Magic Map.
“Fans can only participate by submitting their letters through specially designed mailboxes at participating bookstores and libraries. The overall winner received one of these exclusive books and a family stay at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
“14 runners-up received a book. Chloe’s has been treasured and safely stored, therefore in good, unread condition.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/rare-edition-of-harry-potter-and-the-philosophers-stone-to-go-under-hammer-42202378.html Rare edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is about to be hammered