Rare Harry Potter first edition to go on display

The rare Harry Potter first edition. Picture: comp
The rare Harry Potter first edition. Picture: comp
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A RARE FIRST edition of J K Rowling’s debut Harry Potter book, complete with notes and drawings by the author, is to go on display for one week, after selling at auction last year for £150,000.

Written on the title page of the rare copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is a note from Rowling that reads “changed my life forever.”

The book, that sold for £150,000 at auction last year, will go on display at the National Library of Scotland (NLS) for one week only, from Thursday, as part of the library’s winter exhibition Wha’s Like Us? - which celebrates ideas and inventions that originated in Scotland.

Rowling famously wrote most of her Harry Potter series in cafes across Edinburgh.

Her personal annotations, accompanied by more than 20 drawings, cover more than 40 pages of the book and include references to the Harry Potter series as a whole and also the film adaptations.

One note explains how she invented Quidditch, a sport played by characters in the books.

The book is being loaned to the Library by its anonymous new owner who bought it last year at auction at New York auction house, Sotheby’s.

The money raised from the sale of the book went to the the English Pen writers’ association and for Rowling’s own charity, Lumos, which is working towards ending the institutionalisation of children globally and to ensure that all children grow up in a safe and caring environment.

The book will be displayed in the exhibition showing the title page where Rowling has drawn a coat of arms and commented on the role the book has played in changing her life.

Andrew Martin, one of the NLS curators who put the exhibition together said today/yesterday: “Thanks to the generosity of the new owner, we are able to add this wonderful item to an exhibition which celebrates amazing achievements by Scots or from Scotland.

“The global phenomenon that is Harry Potter was already featured in the exhibition but this unique first edition makes it all the more special.”

Wha’s like us? : a nation of dreams and ideas is on at the National Library of Scotland, George 1V Bridge, Edinburgh.