The Harry Potter typo that could earn you £20,000

It'll keep you in butterbeer for life.

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Do you own a first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?

If so get the champagne ready, because one minor Harry Potter typo could put you in for a £20,000 windfall.

500 copies of the Philosopher’s Stone hardback were produced containing a repetition of “1 wand” in a list of supplies Harry needed for Hogwarts on page 53. The mistake in JK Rowling’s debut Potter novel was quickly spotted and removed in further editions.

A first edition will be up for auction at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on November 9, and it’s expected to fetch around £15,000 to £20,000. That’s probably enough to keep you in butterbeer for life.

“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 proof reading error about the wand in the first edition has, of course, become a treasured piece of Harry Potter arcana,” Bonhams’ Matthew Healy is quoted by ITV as saying.

“Like most enduring books aimed at younger readers, the Harry Potter books also have wide appeal to adults and there is a strong market among collectors for first editions.

“This copy is in excellent condition – one of the very best I’ve seen – and we’re expecting a lot of interest.”

A copy of this Harry Potter typo book is very much needle-in-haystack territory. With 400 million books sold worldwide, 500 represents is minuscule 0.000125% of all Potter novels published.

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