A prequel to Harry Potter that was written by JK Rowling as part of a charity auction has apparently been stolen. In 2008, the author penned an 800 word story that was auctioned off in a charity auction for the English Pen. The auction raised approximately $38,000 at the time, with the prequel having been written on an A5 postcard exclusively to be sold for the charity.
However, now it looks like someone has stolen the postcard with the Harry Potter prequel written by JK Rowling on it. The report from US Weekly indicates that it was actually taken at some point during a home robbery that took place between April 13 and the 24th. This information was released by England’s West Midlands Police, who took to their Twitter account on May 12 in order to get more information from the public.
In the Tweet from the police, they pointed out that the prequel which was handwritten by JK Rowling had been purchased in order to raise money for charity. They asked that if there are any Harry Potter fans who have any information about the theft that they come forward in order to locate the postcard.
However, the police were not the only people to take to Twitter about the stolen prequel. JK Rowling herself Tweeted asking for the postcard to be returned to its rightful owner. In a Tweet written in all capital letters, the author asked that Harry Potter fans not purchase this prequel if they are offered it. She pointed out that the prequel was originally auctioned off for the English Pen and that the winning bidder who owns the prequel now purchased the piece in order to support the freedom of writers. Essentially, the author is making it clear that if one is a true Harry Potter fan and a fan of authors then reading or purchasing this stolen piece is not acceptable.
The owner of the stolen piece from JK Rowling was apparently away on a business trip in Bangkok when the piece was taken. He said that although he is not the biggest fan of Harry Potter, he has taken very good care of the prequel. In fact, he said that it never came out of the box that it was stored in. To him, this entire thing is quite shocking and he cannot believe someone would steal the handwritten prequel from his home while he was away on business.
By Dorothea James
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