UPDATE: An anonymous bidder has won the Harry Potter author’s rare first edition!
A rare first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” took a massive price at charity auction in aid of the English Pen writers’ association in London on May 21. Featuring J.K. Rowling’s handwritten notes as well as original illustrations, the 1997 book was sold to an anonymous bidder, who bid for it over the telephone, for $228,000.
The “Harry Potter” book appeared along with books from other notable names at the auction hosted by Sotheby’s. Among them were a copy of “Life of Pi“, which got $3,900 and has author Yann Martel’s notes on why the chapters were switched from the original Canadian edition, and a first edition of Margaret Atwood’s “The Blind Assassin”, which fetched $5,460.
“This is a triumphant conclusion to a wonderful project, which has involved the hard work and good will of so many people,” said Rick Gekoski, who curated the collection of annotated first editions for the sale. “I am sure that the buyers of the individual books will be thrilled with their purchases.”
Source: Ace Showbiz
Have you ever wondered what goes through an author’s mind while they write a book? You can now find out J.K. Rowling’s thoughts while she was writing “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.
The book contains Rowling’s handwritten thoughts and commentary about the book and the film adaptation, as well as 22 hand-drawn illustrations including one of a sleeping baby Harry and another of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was first published in 1997, and is the rarest of the series as only 500 copies were printed.
The book is one of many being put up for the English PEN Organization charity auction. The auction, to be held at Sotheby’s, is expected even more than another 1st edition of the book that sold in October 2007 for over 19,700 pounds ($29,878 USD).
Thanks to Piya Sinha-Roy at Reuters.com for alerting us of the auction! What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!
Okay, so maybe you’ve seen these already, but if you’re one of the more sarcastic Potterheads, then these are for you:
Harry Potter Honest Trailer|Screen Junkies
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They’re scribbly and hard to read, but seeing the author’s original thoughts written down on paper is undeniably cool.
Here’s a link to a larger, clearer image.
The image was found via Buzzfeed!
Rupert Grint, famed for playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movie franchise, announced a few months ago that he was to star in a one-camera sitcom called Super Clyde, to air on CBS. Grint was to play an mild-mannered fast-food worker that decides that he wants to become a superhero.
Entertainment Weekly gave us a few pointers on why it should have worked, and why it didn’t.
Why it SHOULD have worked:
Fun idea, and the Harry Potter star seems like a natural for a TV sitcom.
Why it DIDN’T work:
CBS was high on Grint, and still is. But the concept was deemed off-brand for the network and the net’s other comedies came in strong. Plus, successful comedy blocks are about creating flow, and there was also nothing compatible that CBS had to pair it with.
What do you think? Would you have watched Super Clyde? Tell us in the comments below!
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly for the heads up!
It’s been confirmed, thanks to our friends at MuggleNet.com, that Devon Murray is appearing at LeakyCon Portland this year!
Devon is famous for starring in the Harry Potter movies as Seamus Finnigan, Harry’s (pyromaniac) classmate.
Will you be at LeakyCon to hear Devon speak? Tell us in the comments below!
You can see the entire special guest list and other information on LeakyCon Portland here!
Thanks to MuggleNet.com for altering us of this new development!
If you didn’t know, there’s a comedy coming out that stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, titled The Internship.
They’re two adults who end up taking an internship at Google after they lose their sales jobs. What’s interesting is that apparently, at Google, they play a certain game that you may all be familiar with. Check out the trailer below (around the 1:36 mark)!