A dude with the same name as the main character in JK Rowling’s famous book series is now considering selling his rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Harry Potter received the book when he was eight years old because his late father noticed he shared the name of the boy who survived.
But now he hopes to use the money to make his father’s wish to see his ashes scattered in Africa come true.
The hardback copy of the book will be sold by Hansons Auctioneers of Etwall, Derbyshire on October 7th.
It is one of the first 500 printed copies of the first Harry Potter book and its indicative price is between £ 20,000 and £ 30,000.
Harry, 33, from Waterlooville, Hampshire, explained that thanks to the extreme popularity of the series of books, he must have persuaded people that his name is really the same as that of the famous wizard.
The father of three said, “People just don’t believe me.
“When I was a young footballer, a referee threatened me with a red card for saying my name was Harry Potter.
“When I met my wife, Philippa, on vacation in Greece, she didn’t believe me either. People think it’s a liquidation.
He continued, “I’ve had the Mick taken away from me over the years, but you get used to it.
“I’m pretty extrovert, and handled it pretty well, plus it has its perks. When I was 12 and the first Potter movie came out, we were invited to be Family of the Week on the Big Breakfast TV show. I have met a lot of stars including Gwen Stefani and Ben Stiller.
“When you call someone and they ask for your name, they usually laugh or say ‘you’re kidding.’ This makes filing a complaint quite difficult.
Hardback copies of the book are considered the “holy grail” for collectors, as only 200 of the first 500 editions were sent to bookstores.
The remaining 300 were sent to libraries and schools.
Harry plans to share the profits he makes on the book with his sister Katie Sign, 36.
She was 12 when Harry bought the book and remembers it being brought home in 1997.
Katie said: “I remember dad barging in the front door after work holding up a book, proclaiming ‘you’ll never believe what I’ve got! “.
“The novelty and the coincidence of the namesake is what made us open this first book, but the magic of the story has kept us turning the pages for years.”
Katie continued, “Harry was eight and I was 12 when we first read the books together. I was reading aloud and despite calling Hermione ‘Hermy-one’ until at least half of The Chamber of Secrets, my Dobby impression is second to none.
“The book had pride of place on the windowsill next to my bed and was eventually joined by the entire collection. They have remained on a shelf or on a window sill in every house I have lived in for 20 years. It was a treasure for us long before it was of value to the rest of the world …
“Our father passed away at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer in October 2017, and we love and miss him dearly. It was not long after we realized that the old book we had loved and cherished for 20 years was a sought-after book-based on the first edition copy.
“Our father, David James Potter, was a wise and loving man who believed that the richest people were those who lived their lives to the fullest, and this experience was worth more than money.”
She continued, “Over time we realized that the book had changed for us. We knew that the first rare editions sold for tens of thousands of books. It was no longer something we could appreciate, or love, without fear of damaging it.
“With the proceeds from the sale, we would like to take Daddy’s ashes to Africa, the place where he asked to finally rest, where we can make new and wonderful memories with our own children and families. After all, ‘it doesn’t do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live’ – Albus Dumbledore ‘.
Harry said: “We think now is the time to use the money to benefit our families and do something Dad wanted.”
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