UPDATED: Harry’s Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, Ron’s Howler Up for Auction

UPDATE – October 8:

Ron’s Howler sold for a winning bid of £7,500, while Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letter went for a whopping £30,000!



We’d all love to own a piece of Harry Potter movie magic, and now’s our chance – those of us who have a few thousand pounds to spare, of course.

Prop Store, which collects authentic movie memorabilia, is auctioning off two famous letters from Harry Potter movie history. First is the Hogwarts acceptance letter that Harry receives from Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.



Unlike most of the entirely printed Hogwarts letters that were used in the scene where Harry tries desperately to snatch a letter from the air, this letter has a red wax Hogwarts seal. The seal “has cracked, and two small fragments are missing, but the Hogwarts crest is still clearly identifiable.” The envelope has Harry’s address printed in green on the front and the Hogwarts crest on the back and is described as being “in excellent condition.” It also comes with a letter of donation from Warner Bros. and a copy of the actual acceptance letter.

Also up for grabs is the Howler that Ron receives in Chamber of Secrets for his and Harry’s flying Ford Anglia stunt. The red envelope has a cream printed address label, a burgundy ribbon, and a gold-colored wax seal, still intact, with a W for “Weasley.” It also comes with an 8″x10″ movie still of the Howler scene signed by Rupert Grint and the text of the Howler printed in a calligraphic font.



Both items have a starting bid of £1,500 (or about US$1,957) and are expected to go for £3,000 to £5,000 at auction.

Other lots in the auction include Daniel Radcliffe–autographed crew items from throughout the series and an autographed crew gift poster from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. These are estimated to sell for between £400 and £800.

Online bidding is open now, and the live auction will take place on September 26 in London and be livestreamed online for fans to follow along.

Even if you can’t afford to bid on these items yourself, you’ll still have a chance to see them in person! A free exhibition is open to the public at BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London, from September 7 to 26.

Which of these priceless movie artifacts would you be most excited to own?

Press Release

Harry Potter’s Hogwarts letter is amongst 600 lots of movie memorabilia in upcoming London auction on Tuesday 26th September

  • Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) Hogwarts Acceptance Letter from Chris Columbus’ Academy Award-nominated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is estimated to sell for between £3,000-5,000
  • This great lot will be sold alongside props and costumes from over 200 films and television shows
  • Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction will feature a collection of film memorabilia worth between £2-3 million
  • A preview exhibition presenting over 300 auction lots will take place between 7th – 26th September 2017 at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London

Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the upcoming auction – “Harry Potter is such a well-loved franchise so we’re thrilled to be able to offer great lots including Harry Potter’s Hogwarts invitation and Ron Weasley’s Howler as part of our live auction. These great items and hundreds more will go under the hammer at Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on 26th September 2017 at London’s BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON.”

The Prop Store Live Auction will feature Harry Potter lots including:

  • Ron Weasley's (Rupert Grint) Howler from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). Estimate £3k-5k
  • Daniel Radcliffe-Autographed Crew Items from the Harry Potter Series (2001-2011). Estimate £400-600
  • Autographed Crew Gift Poster from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010). Estimate £600-800

The auction will be live-streamed online for fans to track the bidding on auction day. A free preview exhibition will be open to the public in the run up to the auction showcasing over 300 lots from the upcoming auction. Movie fans and collectors alike will be able to see these incredible pieces of movie history up-close.

Registration and bidding is now open. Bids can be placed online at www.propstore.com/liveauction, over the phone or in person.

The free exhibition is open to the public at the BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London, England SE1 8XR from 10:00am to 9:30pm, 7th – 26th September 2017. Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, in partnership with the BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON, will also take place at the BFI IMAX Waterloo on Tuesday 26th September 2017 from 12:00pm.

Catherine Lai

I have been a fan of Harry since 2000, a fan of MuggleNet since 2005, and a MuggleNet team member since 2013. I believe in the power of stories to bring people together, and nothing does that quite like Harry Potter. I live in Toronto, Canada.