Antiques Roadshow guest stunned by value of old, damaged Harry Potter books

May 24, 2022, 2:27 p.m.

A guest on Antiques Roadshow was stunned to discover the value of his old Harry Potter books.

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A guest on Antiques Roadshow was amazed to find that his old Harry Potter books were worth thousands.

It might be time to finally clean up your attic that you’ve been putting off, because some of your old books could be worth a huge amount of money…

A guest on Antiques Roadshow was stunned to discover his battered Harry Potter books were worth thousands, despite the cover falling off one of them.

The woman – named Helen – brought her copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the School of Secrets to the BBC show. He was then told they were worth £5,000 together.

The cover was falling off one of the books

The cover was falling off one of the books.

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Expert Justin Croft first told Helen: “These are probably the worst conditions I’ve seen on the Roadshow.”

After discovering that Chamber of Secrets was a first edition and that both had been signed by author JK Rowling, however, he told her about the high price.

Helen explained: “Growing up, Harry Potter meant a lot to me and my family.

The books were collectively worth £5,000

The books were collectively worth £5,000.

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JK Rowling had signed the books

JK Rowling had signed the books.

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“The Harry Potter paperback book I have there was given to me in my stocking one year for Christmas and when I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.

“When the second book came out, JK Rowling came to the Edinburgh Book Festival and she did a signing afterwards. She signed it for me.”

Helen was stunned to discover their true worth

Helen was amazed to discover their true value.

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The message in the book, which remarked on the bad condition of the novel, read: “To Helen – This is the condition I like to see my books in! (Read).”

Referring to the first book, Justin said: “I think I’d say £1,000 to £1,500 on which is really fair for registration.”

Showing the second, he continued: “And this, being a first edition although without the dust jacket, £3,000-3,500.”

A shocked Helen then replied, “Thank you very much.”

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