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Do you remember the day that you brought home your first Harry Potter book? Do you remember going to the bookstore and picking up a copy of the story that stunned the world? I do. I remember my second-grade self holding my Dad’s hand as we strolled through the aisles of the bookstore to the “big girl section,” so I could pick out my first chapter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I loved that book with all my heart, but I did not take good care of it. Of course, back then, I did not know preserving books was necessary, for if it is a rare copy, it can be worth a lot of money one day. I wrote in my edition. I underlined words that I loved and drew pictures of the Hogwarts ghosts on the pages. I still have my first copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and so do a lot of other Harry Potter lovers, but the question is, are they worth anything?
A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, if in good condition, could sell at auction for €50,000. One first edition will be put for auction next week. The book’s owner, a retired vendor who chooses to remain anonymous, said he bought the first edition copy over twenty-one years ago to help children learn English in Luxembourg. In the last twenty-one years, the book has been collecting dust on his bookshelf, until he decided to revisit the copy and read it one last time before seeing if it was worth any money. To his surprise, his edition was one of the remaining two hundred copies known to exist today.
A rare first edition of €50,000 must be published by Bloomsbury in 1997, must include duplication of “1 ward” on page fifty-three, and read issue number “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.” Without any of these markings, it is safe to say that the edition is not one of the first.
With that said, luck was on this retired vendor’s side when his book turned out to be a first edition. He will also be extremely lucky if he can get the €50,000 amount he desires. Most Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first editions go for €20,000 to €30,000 in an audition setting. The retried vendor and book expect Jim Spencer think the first edition will get close to his desired amount because of the book’s fantastic condition. If the vendor receives the amount he wishes, he will pay off his daughter’s student loans and help her make a down payment on a house.
Personally, I hope that this book makes a splash at the auction next week. When books like these are found and brought to market, it shows that a piece of literature and history has been preserved and loved, which warms my heart. A story like this should remind people and children worldwide to take good care of their books because you never know what they could be worth one day.
It is likely that, if you’re here, you have turned to stories and poetry for comfort during dark times (or any times). Mental Health Day is around the corner and, while you may already have your go-to validation lit, I’m going to go ahead and share some of my literary chicken broth. I will confess that every fiber of my will power was involved in keeping me from sticking exclusively to Maya Angelou quotes, because that woman’s wisdom could bring me back from the dead on my worst days. So, in addition to two of my favorite tía Maya quotes, I invite you to take in some of these hot-tea-and-a-thick-quilt thoughts and put them in your pocket for the next time you’ve lost faith in humanity or find yourself at a dodgy dead end. I give you no snark as of this point, only vulnerability because I believe in safe spaces.
- “Maybe the hardest part of my life is having the courage to try.” —Rachel Hollis, Party Girl
2. “I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody too.” —Maya Angelou
3. “You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
4. “Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.” —Neil Gaiman
5. “I think Destiny’s purpose is merely to shock us at moments into a state of awareness; those moments are milestones in between which we have to find our own way.” —Attia Hosain, Sunlight on a Broken Column
6. “We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.” —Isabel Allende
7. “She uttered a quick prayer for him. Let him find balance and moderation in all things; let him listen to himself and not the noise of others.” —Balli Kaur Jaswal, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
8. “I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.” —Maya Angelou
9. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.” -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Mental health is often about being seen, and seeing is one of the often unspoken powers of stories. Sure, we hear of readers opening a novel, bumping into a character, and saying “hey, that’s me!” But we seldom hear of that wise Grandma Literature who sits us down wherever we are in life, holds our attention, and says “See? That’s you. You’re not alone.” You’ve heard me say this before, so I’m going to say it again: Abuela has the answers.