Man called Harry Potter sells copy of Philosopher’s Stone book

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A man called Harry Potter sells a copy of the Philosopher’s Stone book his father bought him in 1997 after discovering it is a first edition worth up to £ 30,000

  • Man called Harry Potter of Hampshire sells copy of JK Rowling classic
  • The sales manager was eight when the JK Rowling classic was first released
  • The 33-year-old has spent his life trying to convince people of his name










Real Life Hampshire Harry Potter sells his copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone after discovering it is a magical first edition.

National Sales Manager Harry Potter of Waterlooville was eight when the JK Rowling classic was first released.

His father, shocked by the coincidence of his son’s name appearing on a book cover, purchased the copy in 1997.

The 33-year-old has spent his life trying to convince people that his name really is the same as that of the world’s most famous wizard.

Harry Potter national sales manager sells copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

The 33-year-old has spent his life trying to convince people that his name really is Harry Potter

The 33-year-old has spent his life trying to convince people that his name really is Harry Potter

Harry potter

Harry potter

The hardback edition is extremely rare, as only 500 copies were printed in the first printing. 300 of them were donated to schools and libraries.

“People just don’t believe me,” said Harry, a father of three from Waterlooville. “When I was a young footballer, a referee threatened me with a red card for saying my name was Harry Potter.

“When I met my wife, Philippa, on vacation in Greece, she didn’t believe me either. People think it’s a liquidation. I’ve had the mick taken off over the years, but you get used to it.

Harry’s sister, Katie Sign, vividly remembers their father buying the book.

She said: “Dad explained that he heard Terry Wogan mention Harry Potter on Radio 2 and, once he got together, Terry was referring to an award winning children’s book – not his then aged son. eight years old – he turned his round van, went straight to the Bay Tree bookstore in Waterlooville and bought us a copy.

The collection didn’t stop there. Over the years, as the franchise flourished, the treasured book was joined by Rowling’s entire anthology of wizarding work.

In 1997 Mr Potter's father, shocked at the coincidence of his son's name appearing on a book cover, purchased the copy in 1997

In 1997 Mr Potter’s father, shocked at the coincidence of his son’s name appearing on a book cover, purchased the copy in 1997

Harry Potter and his sister Katie Sign have now decided to sell the first edition to raise money to take their father's ashes to Africa

Harry Potter and his sister Katie Sign have now decided to sell the first edition to raise money to take their father’s ashes to Africa

Harry's copy will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers on October 7 with a target price of £ 20,000-30,000.

Harry’s copy will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers on October 7 with a target price of £ 20,000-30,000.

The hardback edition is extremely rare, as only 500 copies were printed in the first printing. 300 of them were donated to schools and libraries.

There are different ways to identify a first number of the Philosopher’s Stone, including the duplication of “1 wand” on page 53.

Most importantly, the issue number should be “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”.

Harry and Katie have now decided to sell the first edition in order to raise funds to take their father’s ashes to Africa.

Harry said: “We think now is the time to use the money to benefit our families and do something Dad wanted.”

An auction at Hansons in October 2020 saw a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sell for £ 75,000.

Harry’s copy will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers on October 7 with a target price of £ 20,000-30,000.

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