Harry Potter books are well known for the love and popularity that they receive all over the world. For years, the books and the movies based on the books have amassed a tremendous and dedicated fan following. The fans of Harry Potter are known to possess almost a maniacal obsession with anything related to the books, the movies, the actors or the writer J.K. Rowling herself. One of such example can be seen recently when in an auction held recently, the first edition of the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone was sold for about £33,000. This translates to roughly Rs. 30.5 lac in Indian Rupees.
In a story published by The Independent, it is disclosed that this copy which was auctioned for the astounding figure was discovered by the owner in a skip. A teacher in a school at Buckinghamshire who discovered this rare copy had apparently not realised the monetary value of the book and had kept the book in her loft. It was also reported in the same story that along with first book, four other books from the series were also sold. They were all however abandoned by the owner.
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“To say I’m pleased is an understatement. Due to its condition, we thought £20,000 would be a good result. We watched the auction and the price just kept going up and up. I love books and reading and it just seemed awful to throw them away, so I picked up about five Harry Potter books,” she said. “I thought they might be useful for my children or grandchildren in the future. It was better than seeing them go to waste,” the report quotes an anonymous statement from the seller.
Harry Potter obsession has been ruling the world of fan following for decades since the time the books first came out and started gaining attention. From naming their children inspired by Harry Potter to tattoos of quotes and characters from the books, love for Harry Potter have now spanned across the generations and continues to grow.