Thieves Make Off With Harry Potter Prequel

Cops asks fans worldwide to be on the lookout
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2017 7:15 AM CDT
Thieves Make Off With Harry Potter Prequel
JK Rowling has asked her fans not to buy the pilfered prequel.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Police in Britain are asking Harry Potter fans worldwide to be on the lookout for a one-of-a-kind Harry Potter prequel. The untitled 800-word story, handwritten on a card, was stolen during a burglary in Birmingham last month, and police say they are going public in the hope that "the appeal goes far and wide among Harry Potter fans throughout the world," the BBC reports. JK Rowling wrote the story for a 2008 charity auction, where it sold for $49,000.

The story is set three years before the young wizard Potter was born and describes how father James Potter and godfather Sirius Black make their escape after tangling with muggle police officers, the AP reports. Rowling retweeted the police appeal for information, urging fans not to buy the story if they are offered it. She noted its owner helped support writers' freedoms by buying the story at the auction, which benefited the English PEN organization. (Police in Washington state nabbed the "Harry Potter Bandit" last year.)

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