If your Harry Potter book has this typo it could be worth £20k

Probably worth checking yours then


The first edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone has a typo which could earn you thousands.

First published on 30th June 1997, these unique hardback copies of the novel have an error on page 53 which could make you up to £20,000.

The mistake lies in Harry Potter’s list of school supplies, where “one wand” is repeated.

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The first novel was a best-seller, and the rest of the series continued in the same vein, shifting 400 million copies worldwide.

If you find the typo in your copy, you might want to hold onto it to be special, or head down to Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on 9th November.

Bonhams’ head of books and manuscripts Matthew Haley said: “As the first book in the series, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone has a special place in the affections of the millions of readers across the world and the proof reading error about the wand in the first edition has, of course, become a treasured piece of Harry Potter arcana.

“Like most enduring books aimed at younger readers, the Harry Potter books also have wide appeal to adults and there is a strong market among collectors for first editions.

“This copy is in excellent condition – one of the very best I’ve seen – and we’re expecting a lot of interest.”

So, seriously, go and check.