ByEmily Browne, writer at
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Emily Browne

Time to start rummaging through your mom's basement for that old copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, because if your issue has a typo, it could be worth some serious moola! While first and second edition prints of the beloved series go for thousands online, copies with this particular misprint are thought to be worth tens of thousands.

Once you've found your version of the Philosopher's Stone, turn to page 53. The misprint can be found when Harry is about to visit Diagon Alley for the first time, and has just received his equipment list from Hagrid. In the section marked 'Other Equipment', you might see that 1 wand is written twice.

It has been reported that a good condition copy with the overlooked error has sold for around £20,000 ($36,000). First edition copies of the re-titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone are also worth some major bucks, going for anywhere $4,000 to $6,500 a piece — but they do not include this typo.

My Copy Has the Typo! Now What?

Here's the catch: while many sites are reporting that the misprint only appeared in the first 500 prints of the book, it does in fact appear in later versions. Hardcover, first edition copies of the Philosopher's Stone from 1997 have become the Holy Grail for Potter-heads, and while yes, they do feature the wand typo, they are about as rare as the Deathly Hallows. It means that a fair number of copies containing the typo are in circulation, but only true first editions are worth any major dosh.

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But while your copy might not be worth thousands of dollars with the typo alone, it doesn't mean the book is worthless — not by a long shot. Bonhams's Head of Books and Manuscripts Matthew Haley spoke to The Sun about the real value of the book:

“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.

So while your edition might not help you buy a flight to London and snag that illusive ticket for The Cursed Child, it's definitely something to keep in a safe place — because you never know how much something will be worth eventually!


What would you did if you came across a first edition copy of 'The Philosopher's Stone' with the typo?


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