It is about time you dug out your collection of Harry Potter books because you could own one of 500 copies worth up to £20,000.

The rare first edition copy of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone contains an error which is expected to make the book worth thousands.

There are believed to be only 500 hardback copies which were printed with the infamous mistake on page 53. The typo being the repetition of “1 wand” in Harry’s list of school supplies for Hogwarts, which was later removed in subsequent editions.


If you happen to be one of the lucky owners of these rare books and you have managed to keep it in good condition, then your copy of  JK Rowling’s first novel could sell for between £15,000-20,000.

The owner to first spot the typing error plans to put his book on sale at Bonhams’ Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in London on November 9. It is expected that this event will attract Potter fans from across the globe.

Amazingly, it has been just shy of 20 years since Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone was first published on June 30 1997. More than 400 million copies of the Harry Potter series have been sold worldwide so, if you own one of these 500 books this really is your lucky day.


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.”


Haley stated that this copy in particular is in excellent condition and one of the best he’s seen. Hence why it is expected to sell for such a high price.

While the owner has opted to remain anonymous, it is no surprise that people across the world have expressed their jealousy towards this lucky individual.

So, what are you waiting for? You could be sitting on a goldmine and you don’t even know it.