It’s one of the most iconic scenes of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: hundreds of letters flying through every opening of the Dursley house, a whirlwind of envelopes, Uncle Vernon’s rage, and Aunt Petunia and Dudley’s terror. We all know and love the scene.
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On September 27th, the London and Los Angeles-based Prop Store auctioned off 500 pieces of movie memorabilia at the BFI IMAX cinema in Waterloo, London. Among the collection was a TIE fighter pilot helmet from Star Wars: A New Hope, Christian Bale’s batsuit from The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Bauer’s New York State driver’s license, an annotated script used by Richard Attenborough, and a sealed envelope used in the famous scene where Harry Potter is accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
According to the Huffington Post, the letter was expected to sell for about $7,000. It ended up selling at auction for £30,000, or almost $40,000.
Potter’s address (The Cupboard Under the Stairs, 4, Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey) is printed in green on the front of the marble-effect envelope. The red wax seal, sealed prior to the movie’s release in 2001, remains unopened, though was partially cracked with two small missing fragments. Despite that, the Hogwarts crest is clearly distinguishable. The Prop Store Auction asserts that within the sealed envelope is a Hogwarts acceptance letter, and, considering the 13x18x0.5 cm envelope is accompanied by a letter of donation from Warner Brothers, I’m inclined to believe them.
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