Man Named Harry Potter Selling Rare “Harry Potter” Book at Upcoming Auction
According to a press release from Hansons, the real Harry Potter is not a wizard, but he is a 33-year-old sales manager and father of three from Hampshire, England, who has spent much of his life having to convince people that he really does share his name with a fictional character.
‘People just don’t believe me,’ said Harry, a dad-of-three from Waterlooville, Hampshire. ‘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, (30) on holiday in Greece, she didn’t believe me either. People think it’s a wind up [sic]. I’ve had the Mick taken out of me over the years, but you get used to it.’
Potter’s first-edition hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was purchased by his late father in 1997 because his then eight-year-old son and the main character happened to share a name. Potter’s sister, Katie, also spoke about what the book has meant to their family.
The novelty and coincidence of the namesake was what made us open that first book, but the magic of the story kept us turning the pages for years. Harry was eight and I was 12 when we first read the books together. I would read aloud, and despite calling Hermione ‘Hermy-one’ until at least half way [sic] through The Chamber of Secrets, my Dobby impression is second-to-none [sic].
Now, with a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000 (or between about $27,000 and $41,000) for the rare copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Potter and his sister hope to use the proceeds from the auction to honor their father’s last wishes after he died of cancer in 2017 and take his ashes to Africa.
This copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be sold at auction by Hansons Auctioneers on October 7. Due to protocols surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this auction will be held online. You can find more information about the auction in the press release below.