Turn to Page 53 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Ideally spoken in your best Snape voice. A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is expected to fetch up to £20,000 at auction thanks to an error on page 53.

Have a look for yourself:

Nope, sadly there are no 'breasts' in the top line. Instead, ‘1 wand’ has been listed twice, when everyone knows it should just say ‘2 wands’ once. A complete waste of a line. Also, why was Ron allowed to bring a rat?

According to reports, a total of 500 hardback copies of the book contain the error, which was discovered and fixed early days.

“As the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has a special place in the affections of the millions of readers across the world and the proof reading error about the wand in the first edition has, of course, become a treasured piece of Harry Potter arcana,” said Matthew Haley, the head of Bonhams Books and Manuscripts, which has flogging duties.

The copy in question also happens to be in excellent condition and is set to go on sale on November 9th. Now here's what we think of The Cursed Child. [ITV]

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