The Rowling Library is an online medium that publishes a digital monthly magazine, has reported exclusive news, and has done several fan projects, such as the Rowling Index.

If you enjoy our content and want to support us, you can read more about who we are and how to become a Patron for The Rowling Library.

Articles

“1 Wand” twice doesn’t mean anything

August 16, 2016

Three days ago, TIME Magazine published an article stating that a typo in your Harry Potter copy could mean that you own a first printing first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – worth thousands of dollars.

The article in question is this: How a Typo in Your Harry Potter Book Might Be Worth Thousands of Dollars. TIME Magazine is basing their piece on an article published by The Independent, which explains the sale of a first printing of the first Harry Potter book. Sadly, instead of noting every point that verifies that a copy is indeed a first printing, they only name the repeated “1 wand” on page 53.

As mathematicians says, the “1 wand” is a necessary but not sufficient condition to own a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It is dangerous of large media companies to state otherwise because they are misinforming fans who are after a first edition. Due to this article, copies of Harry Potter 1 recently appeared on eBay for 20.000 dollars just because they have the “1 wand” twice on the Hogwarts list. They are not a first edition – the Canadian edition had this error in subsequent prints, so be careful. They have no rarity or collector value – they could be acquired for 20 dollars.

So, keep a constant vigilance – and do your research before purchasing anything online. The marketplace is full of scammers, trying to take advantage of the fans.

Thanks to Jonathan for the tip.

Photo credit: Oliver Williams/PA Wire
Photo credit: Oliver Williams/PA Wire

If you liked the article, you can support us to help us create more content like this.