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These Harry Potter books are going for thousands of pounds

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The world of Harry Potter is simply the gift that keeps on giving. As well as transporting us to one of the richest magical realities in modern literature, the illustrious wizarding tales have produced a series of films, sports and theme park alternate realities to boot.

And on top of these joys, it appears that owning a first-edition copy of any of the first four books could result in some decent cash too.

With just 200 copies of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone circulated around British bookstores, the tomes are a rare commodity indeed.

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The first edition of one of the books, which was auctioned at Sotheby's

In fact, they are so sought after that one of the first editions of the book sold for £22,327 back in 2005. Nice.

But how do you know if you have a first edition?


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It appears that the first-edition books are credited to Joanne Rowling, rather than JK Rowling.

The front cover also has a number line that counts from 10 down to one, which shows the book is one of the first to be printed, says The Mirror.

Although fans could buy and sell these first editions for a pretty hefty price tag, they are not the most expensive Harry Potter books on offer – a handwritten copy of the Tales of the Beedle and the Bard is.

J.K. Rowling

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The books, of which there are only seven, were written and illustrated by Rowling and are bound in leather and decorated in silver. Fancy.

Which means that yes, it’s unlikely you’ve got one hanging around and don’t know about it, but still – we can dream.


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One copy sold for a whopping £1,950,000 at an auction in aid of The Children’s Voice charity.

And it appears that it’s not just the books that will make you a small fortune.

Original versions of the complete Harry Potter Lego collection have also been up for sale for over £7,000.

Accio, sweet blessed childhood fortune. 

Photos: Rex Features and Warner Bros

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