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Burglars stole a rare ‘Harry Potter’ prequel handwritten by J.K. Rowling

Police are hoping that Harry Potter fans can help track it down.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on May 12, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 2:40 pm CDT

A rare, handwritten Harry Potter prequel has been stolen by burglars.

West Midlands Police reported the theft on Friday, sending out an appeal to Harry Potter fans. “The only people who will buy this unique piece are true Harry Potter fans. We are appealing to anyone who sees, or is offered this item for sale, to contact police.”

The story was handwritten by J.K. Rowling on a double-sided postcard, and sold at a charity auction. It went missing during a burglary in April and police are hoping that Harry Potter fans can help figure out where it went.

Rowling encouraged fans not to buy the story, tweeting, “PLEASE DON’T BUY THIS IF YOU’RE OFFERED IT. Originally auctioned for , the owner supported writers’ freedoms by bidding for it.”

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*First Published: May 12, 2017, 8:22 am CDT