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Take a Look at This Teeny-Tiny Harry Potter Manuscript That’s Being Sold

You know those commercials where an annoyingly upbeat person goes on and on about how the car insurance they bought or photos they ordered online from some company you’ve never heard of were priceless? Commercials like those constantly try to convince us that there are things out there that are so important and worth it that money is not an issue. But, let’s be honest, that’s inaccurate. What happens when something that is of real value to you happens to be really valuable in the marketplace?


If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you may be interested in a specially special edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that is currently on sale. Featuring thirty-one miniature pages, illustrations, and excerpts of the full-size novel, this 1.6 x 2.4 inch book is a true one-of-a-kind keepsake.



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The illustrations are hand-drawn images of everything Potter, including the typical witch/warlock get-up of a broomstick, wand, cauldron, and a witch’s hat. It also includes a list of books Harry required for his spells, knowledge that would give a true fan some top secret insight.



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The manuscript also happens to be vintage…esque. Writen and illustrated in 2004, it was sold at a charity auction that year for £10,000 (about $13,444). Given the fact that the series has increased in popularity since then, (and this year happens to be the 20th anniversary of the book’s release) it is now being sold at a much higher rate.


This first-rate edition can be yours for the low price of….£120,000. (about $161,000). 




Personally, that seems a little, um, high of price. But that may just be me. Though the illustrations may not rival those of Jim Kay, who illustrated the recently released editions of the series, having a rare and vintage edition hand-illustrated by the author is sure to peak some fans’ interest.


The book is being sold by auctioneer Bloomsbury of London. Though the price is estimated to be sold between £80000–120000, it could go for a much higher price depending on the demand.


The auction will take place December 14th. 


Let us know if you think this manuscript is worth the price in the comments below! 


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Olly Moss

Check Out These Beautiful Unreleased Harry Potter Ebook Covers

Since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in 1997, there have been countless different covers created for J.K Rowling’s treasured books. As we entered into the technological age, graphic artists had the chance to recreate original book covers for the launch of their respective ebooks. Here, we take a look at the work of talented graphic artist Olly Moss, who’s website can be accessed here.


UK illustrator Moss was commissioned by Rowling’s website Pottermore to create covers for the release of the first ebooks series back in 2015, and has recently been granted permission to release a host of unpublished, never before seen alternatives and they are FIRE.


The chosen series of covers were called “Optical Illusions” for the digital release.


Olly Moss Design

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Moss made sure he created the most successful covers by stylising a range of alternatives which can all be viewed on his Google Drive link. Taking to Twitter for the release, the artist said “Finally got permission to post this. Heres the original brace of ideas sent in for the Harry Potter book covers.”


The other possible series for selection are called HeraldrySillouhettes, and Hogwarts.




Each book is represented by a simple, colorful icon. Designed to look distinctive at a distance and even in black and white, when looked at closely, each heraldic icon also incorporates a Harry potter lightening bolt. Icons include Hedwig for the first book, Aragog on the cover of the Chamber of Secrets, a Hungarian Horntail takes the cover of Goblet of Fire and Marvolo Gaunts ring graces the cover of the Half Blood Prince.



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Each installment of Sillouhettes shows Harry’s head in profile and each showcases a different scene from each book contained within it. A lovely touch added by Moss is the aging of Harry’s head as the books go on.


Harry's Head in profile

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These covers are my favorite, with each showing Hogwarts from the same angle and using the same composition of the castle in each. What differs from cover to cover is a seasonal change and a different mode of transport taken by the characters to the castle at the start of each book. They’re so well thought out and very touching graphic art, also. Olly Moss I take my wizarding hat off to you.



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Princess Diana wearing a crown

New Princess Diana Books Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Her Death

The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death will be on August 31, and will be accompanied by new books commemorating her life. Though having divorced Prince Charles in 1996, Princess Diana continued to capture the public’s attention until her tragic death.


Much has been written about her life, but publishers have more to share. Here are some of the new books and reissues coming out.


“Remembering Diana: A Life in Photographs” from National Geographic, foreword by Tina Brown (Aug. 1)


Cover of Remembering Diana

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Former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair and friend of Princess Diana, Tina Brown provides the foreword to this picture book. Over 100 photographs celebrate the princess’s life, from her childhood to her later years, rubbing shoulders with celebrities like Elton John.


“Diana: I’m Going to be Me” by Phil Dampier


Cover of Diana: Going to be Me, which is a head shot of Princess Diana

via Amazon


Dampier’s account of Princess Diana covers her young years up to her marriage with Prince Charles. Though it covers her rough relationship with the royal family, the book also highlights Diana’s charitable, empathetic side. This book’s on shelves now.


“Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life” by Sally Bedell Smith


Cover of "Prince Charles," which is a head shot of Prince Charles.

via Amazon


New York Times bestseller Sally Bedell Smith (author of “Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch”) pens this biography of Prince Charles, which uncovers new details about Charles and Diana’s marriage troubles. Among the new information: when Prince Charles prayed at night, Princess Diana would continue what they were arguing about and proceed to smack him! This is also on shelves now.


“Diana: Her True Story–in Her Own Words” by Andrew Morton


Cover of "Diana," featuring Diana sitting down.

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25 years since its initial release, this revised version of “Diana” from Simon & Schuster includes new revelations about Princess Diana’s life, courtesy of biographer Andrew Morton. When it was originally released, the book changed how the public viewed the British royal family–never before having heard this level of detail from an insider. Morton’s promised new info will certainly be interesting to hear.


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Harry Potter

New Harry Potter Book Covers Have Been Revealed

Following the announcement that two new Harry Potter books will be released on October 20th, Bloomsbury has revealed the covers of both.


“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” will walk readers through some Hogwarts classes taken by Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

The Cover of Journey Through Magic, which is an illustration of a phoenix with a handwritten page in the background.

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“Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic” will delve into the nuts and bolts of the Wizarding World by explaining subjects like alchemy and witchcraft.

A Journey Through the History of Magic cover which shows a number of flying keys around the title of the book.

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The books will accompany the opening of a new Harry Potter exhibition opening at the British Museum this fall. In addition, a newer edition of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” retold through illustrations by artist Jim Kay (who also illustrated previous reissues of “Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Chamber of Secrets”) will be released on Oct. 3rd, 2017.


For more info on the new Harry Potter books, check out our previous article.


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