It’s pretty much a guarantee that most households around the country will have a bookshelf full of dusty old 90s favourites.
And even more than two decades after the world phenomenon was first released in the form of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the iconic red-covered book can likely still be found on numerous dusty bookshelves across country.
And as much as it is tempting to have a clear out and donate them to the nearest library, school or charity shop, there’s something stopping the wizard in all of us from ‘obliviating’ them from our lives.
Well, it turns out that if you are one of the HP fans who couldn’t bring yourself to include the reads in your annual spring clean, you could actually be rewarded for your unwavering loyalty.
A recent sale of a rare first-edition of the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, has just shown how much money you potentially get if you were to sell your copy on.
After the owner of the book realised that he was in possession of a first-edition copy, he was able to sell on the book, which is bought for £1 at a second-hand book shop, for approximately £28,500.
So how do you know if you have one of the coveted first editions? Well there are two particular typos you need to look out for.
First of all, the back cover of the book will have the wrong spelling of ‘philosopher’ in its first sentence.
Secondly, if you turn to page 53 you will see that ‘1 wand’ has been repeated in the list of school supplies.
Other indications of the rare first-edition include JK Rowling being referred to as Joanne, the print line on the copyright page must be ’10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1’ and the latest date will be 1997.
Finally it has to be an edition published by Bloomsbury.
Well we’re off to search our spare room bookshelves…