Tuesday afternoon three Harry Potter first editions were stolen from the Isle of Wight charity shop Feather Friends Rescue. The thieves made off with two first editions of Prisoner of Azkaban, each valued at 154 GBP, and one first edition of Deathly Hallows, valued at 250 GBP. Other valuable books were also stolen from the shop.
The Feather Friends Rescue cares for injured and unwanted birds. Sam Morley, owner of the charity shop, says of the theft:
I just think they are the most low-life people. To steal from a charity shop, from volunteers who give their time to help animals. Those books were donated by a lady from Totland to help us build an aviary for parrots.
A reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction.
Thanks to Cory of LaGazette for the tip, and you can read the Isle of Wight County Press report here.
Even with this current economical situation around the world, the value of a true collectible continues to grow in value as seen by the all-time high price tag for a unique Harry Potter book.
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Tell us what your most valued piece is in your Harry Potter collection whether its a book or toy or even a sentimental piece.
On July 21, 2007, Harry Potter fans across the globe finally got their hands on the highly anticipated finale of J.K. Rowling's seven-part saga. Millions of fans waitied in lines inside (and outside) bookstores for the final time, anxious to begin flying through the pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Of course, this time around, it was a lot different. Most of us probably felt a bit conflicted - wanting to rush through the pages to find out everything that happened to our favorite characters but at the same time wanting to savor every single page. After all, there would be no more to the story after the final few words.
Deathly Hallows would go on to shatter sales records, quickly becoming the fastest-selling book ever, with 15 million copies sold in 93 countries within the first 24 hours. It was a monumental day for retailers, literature as a whole, and of course, Potter fans.
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the release of Deathly Hallows. It's hard to imagine that so much time has passed since the final book dropped. Even though the final book and movie have already been released, over these years, Harry Potter has not come anywhere close to being "over." From Pottermore, to real-life Quidditch, to conventions, there is plenty to keep the Potter fandom alive. For this reason, we choose to celebrate this five-year anniversary! Harry Potter lives!
We recently reported about an event on MuggleNet Interactive allowing you to record a video explaining how the Potter series has been kept alive for you these past five years. If you haven't yet, you should check it out!
Since we here at MuggleNet want to celebrate July 21 with you, some of us have recorded videos of our own - talking about how the series has been kept alive for us and how much we love it! Below, you can watch a compilation of these videos, edited and finalized beautifully by our very own Laura Reilly! We hope you enjoy as we share our thoughts on this wonderful occasion. Here's to another five years, and beyond!
It's hard to believe that it has been nearly five (5) years (YES...five) since author J.K. Rowling completed the manuscript for the finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
On January 11th, 2007, Miss Rowling revealed to the world that the final words of the final chapters in the final book were written and ready to be shipped to Bloomsbury publishing and Scholastic publishing houses for edit and release.
She completed the writing in the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland in room 552, and scrawled a message on the back of a bust of Hermes in the room reading:
"J.K. Rowling finished writing 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in this room on 11 January 2007."
Rowling later wrote on her website: "I've never felt such a mixture of extreme emotions in my life, never dreamed I could feel simultaneously heartbroken and euphoric." She finished her message by saying, "'Deathly Hallows' is my favourite, and that is the most wonderful way to finish the series."
The final book would later be released globally in 93 countries on July 21, 2007 and sell an amazing 15 million copies in the first 24 hours.
Do you remember this moment in 'Potter' history? Let us know in the comments below.
At midnight on July 21, 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released worldwide by Bloomsbury Publishing in the UK, Scholastic in the US, and Raincoast Books in Canada.
Over 15 million copies were sold in the first 24 hours shattering the previous record of 9 million by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Even though some of the books contents were leaked out early, Bloomsbury reportedly spent 10 million GBP to keep the book's contents secret. J.K. Rowling herself had admittedly considered three different titles to the book, including Harry Potter and the Elder Wand and Harry Potter and the Peverell Quest before ultimately choosing the 'Deathly Hallows' title (while in the shower, which she later revealed to a crowd at Carnegie Hall).
Many of our MuggleNet readers will remember the anticipation of waiting at their favorite bookstores at midnight to get their hands on the first copies and rush home to read the final chapter in the 'Harry Potter' saga. All of the theories were answered, the fate of our favorite characters finalized, and the true loyalty of Severus Snape was revealed.
Although the series may be over, and the final movie released, fans around the world know that the series will never truly be over, for we can always look at the final line of the book and remember that "All was well."
On December 21, 2006 a little door opened on J.K. Rowling's site. Well, not by itself. You had to click a mirror image of a tree, and then some other stuff, and eventually the fans had to guess the title of the 7th Harry Potter book themselves by playing a game of hangman. Or, perhaps, you heard it from us.
The title for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was revealed on this day four years ago on J.K. Rowling's official site. And the crowd went wild. Sparking a hesitation and concern that likely followed the book through to its eventual July 21, 2007 release, fans spent serious time trying to figure out what the book's title meant, and what it said about the journey before Harry.
We at MuggleNet are keen at looking back, and it is surprising just how much time has passed since that fateful day. Where were you when you found out about Book 7's title? Leave us your response in the comments!
Thanks to MuggleNet reader Kristin for the pleasant reminder.