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‘Harry Potter’ first edition sells for almost $500,000 at auction

A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sold at auction for almost half a million dollars.

The Wizarding World has been enjoying an uptick in buzz over the last month or so for a number of reasons, all of which are of the largely positive variety for a change, a far cry from when the only time you heard mention of Harry Potter was when J.K. Rowling had put her foot in her mouth yet again.

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The blockbuster franchise turned 20 years old and caused a generation of fans to feel creaking in their bones, before quiz show Hogwarts Tournament of Houses finally roped Helen Mirren into the universe at least a decade too late.

On top of that, HBO Max announced a reunion special that’s set to dominate the conversation on January 1, while fans remain split on Grindelwald after Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore dropped a trailer tease ahead of tomorrow’s full-length promo.

It’s all systems go for the Boy Who Lived, then, which goes some way to explaining why a near-pristine first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold for six times its initial estimate at a recent auction. As per Reuters, the hardback was expected to to go for around $70,000, but the winning bid came in at a whopping $470,000, proving once again that the fantasy series is never going to go out of fashion.


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