June 12th, 2023

Harry Potter Auction Could Shed Light on Lockhart’s Inspiration

J.K. Rowling has always been very secretive about the various inspirations she drew upon for her magnum opus, Harry Potter. At different points in her career, she has asserted that no character was inspired by a real person, except for Professor Gilderoy Lockhart. Rowling has mentioned the character, who is introduced in the second book […]

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April 17th, 2022

J.K. Rowling as Newt Scamander: “Ah yes, the fabled ‘wyvern’. Well, naturally I had heard the rumours” (2001)

The Wyvern is one of the new beasts featured in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. But this is not the first time the creature was mentioned by J.K. Rowling. A few weeks after the publication of the original book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (March 2001), a man named Howard Brayton, inspired […]

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April 15th, 2022

Rare galley proof of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to be auctioned

A rare galley proof of the first book by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will be auctioned by Chiswick Auctions in London next Thursday April 28th. The estimate by the auction house is between £20,000 and £30,000 (US$25,000 – US$39000). These early galley sheet, one of a small number of copies produced […]

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November 5th, 2016

Handwritten copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard to be auctioned

Barry Cunningham, who was working for Bloomsbury in 1996, was one of the people who discovered Harry Potter. He signed J.K. Rowling for the publishing house – and published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone the next year.

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March 7th, 2016

J.K. Rowling’s chair up for auction

If you have some $45,000 to spend and you are willing some piece of Harry Potter history, here is your chance: J.K. Rowling’s chair is up for auction again. We know the price might sound a little high but here is the thing: the chair isn’t any random chair taken from the author’s living room. […]

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November 13th, 2015

More Harry Potter books to be auctioned by Sotheby’s on December 15

The deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone signed by Jo and Jim is not the only one book to be auctioned by Sotheby’s next month. The Sotheby’s English Literature, History, Children’s Books, and Illustrations 15 December 2015 includes 7 Harry Potter lots, besides the deluxe edition. 

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November 13th, 2015

Deluxe edition signed by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay to be auctioned by Sotheby’s

On December 15th, Sotheby’s will auction a very special copy of the recently published deluxe illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Why so special? This copy, besides to be the first printed copy of this edition, is signed by Jim Kay, the illustrator, and J.K. Rowling herself. J. K. Rowling writes “The […]

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May 27th, 2015

Four Harry Potter books in new Sotheby’s auction

The Library of an English Bibliophile, Part IV is the upcoming auction held by Sotheby’s, next June 4th, at 10:30 London Time. Alongside a signed first edition of The Hobbit and a first edition of The Wind in the Willows, there are four lots with books written by our favourite author J.K. Rowling. The first […]

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March 30th, 2015

Two originals by Cliff Wright for Auction at Hay Castle

The restoration project for Hay Castle, is organizing an Art Auction to raise funds. The auction includes two originals from Cliff Wright, the illustrator for the original British editions of The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban. The first one is the original pen and watercolour of Harry Potter and the Quidditch Match […]

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