If you own a first edition of “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone,” you could be in for a lot of money — if you’ve got one of the first 500 copies, that is. A typo appears in these copies, and if your book has one, it could sell for as much as $34,000 when it goes up for auction in November.
The error appears on page 43 in a section called “Other Equipment,” where “1 wand” is listed twice.
“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,” the Head of Books and Manuscripts (sounds like a Hogwarts professor) at the auction house that will hold the November sale told the Independent.
Even if your book doesn’t contain the typo, there are a number of other Harry Potter books that could be worth some money as well. Certain early editions are selling on eBay for thousands of dollars as well.
Guess it pays off to be an original fan of the series!