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The Cursed Typo

Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling are all over headline news lately, due, of course, to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. While reviews of the book have been somewhat mixed, the global reader market has been in an uproar over it. Recently, though, Harry Potter has been in the news for a different reason, one that has delighted a few scattered fans worldwide. 

 

The world first fell in love with the iconic boy wizard when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in 1997. The book was an instant success, delighting audiences young and old. According to a recent article, an extremely rare first edition of the book was released with a random typographical error, listing the term “1 wand” on Harry’s list of school supplies two times. It appears on page 53 of the book. The implication for this is huge, contrary to what you may think.

 

When the book is sold at auction this coming November, the book is expected to sell for as much as $33,588. Another fan recently posted a photo on Twitter, proving that their copy of the book, a paperback edition printed in 2000, had the same exact error. If what they say is true, it’s quite likely that could be even more editions out there with this historic error. Your old copy of a beloved book from years ago could be worth a lot more than you think. 

There hasn’t been any word on how much paperbacks with the error are worth, but if you have a copy of this book with an error, it might be a good idea to put it in a glass case.  Experts are currently investigating this exciting new fad among book lovers and collectors. How many more copies of Harry Potter with this cursed typo will surface before November’s auction? We’ll be waiting to find out. 

 

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