A Special First Edition of Harry Potter to Be Auctioned

Today, Tuesday, May 21, a rare copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be auctioned off, along with a selection of other books, including ones by Roald Dahl and Philip Pullman. The auction is to aid English PEN, an association that defends writers’ freedom of expression. The books to be sold have all been annotated by the authors, and J.K. Rowling has offered up not only a rare first edition of her first Harry Potter novel, but one filled with drawings and notes about her thoughts while writing it. Some of the notes have been released, including the interesting fact that Hufflepuff’s badger was originally intended to be a bear. Take a look at the preview pictures below:

Harry Potter first edition title page with annotations

Harry Potter first edition boy who lived drawing

Harry Potter first edition Quidditch annotations

Odds are this special book will go for quite a lot of money, so unless you happen to be a millionaire you probably don’t have much of a chance to get it. Just in case you want to try, the auction will take place at Sotheby’s in London. Would you love to have your very own copy of an annotated Harry Potter book? What do you think about the idea of Hufflepuff being represented by a bear? Let us know in the comments below!


If you must content yourself with a regular copy of the first Harry Potter novel, you can find one on Amazon.