JK Rowling has appealed to thieves after they stole an extremely valuable and rare prequel she wrote herself by hand on a card from a Birmingham home.
The piece, 800 words and written on an A5 card, had been previously sold at a charity auction for £25,000 nine years back at Sotheby’s.
The owner who purchased the prequel, who requested not to be identified, thanked the author and police for bringing the robbery to the media’s attention and raising awareness after the theft.
The document’s buyer said: ‘I was in Bangkok and I got an email from my sister to give her a call urgently.
‘She said “Your home has been broken into and your safes are gone” – then I knew my sentimental items had gone out the door.
‘It (the prequel) was something I have been responsible for nine years – it’s a bit of a shock and it took a little while for it to settle in.’
Police in West Midlands recently issued a public request for information hoping that ‘the appeal goes far and wide among Harry Potter fans throughout the world.’
The officer investigating the incident, Police Constable Paul Jauncey, stated: ‘The only people who will buy this unique piece are true Harry Potter fans.
‘We are appealing to anyone who sees, or is offered this item for sale, to contact police.’
In response to hearing about the theft, the author, JK Rowling, posted the message released by the West Midlands Police and retweeted in to appeal to the public for information, in addition to uploading a photo of the short story at the auction.
The writer stated: ‘PLEASE DON’T BUY THIS IF YOU’RE OFFERED IT. Originally auctioned for @englishpen, the owner supported writers’ freedoms by bidding for it.’