Harry Potter has been an integral part of everyone's childhood, teaching us the meaning of friendship, the power of sacrifice and that good always triumphs over evil. However, it also stood out as the primary reason for kids resenting their own schools, demanding to be rammed through Platform Nine and Three-Quarters of King's Cross Station and sent to a school full of three-headed dogs and shrieking plants. The smartest parents may have evaded these requests by reminding us that Voldemort destroyed records of Muggle-born wizards, but now there's another way to get hold of an invitation to Hogwarts.
Prop Store collects props and memorabilia from movie sets, and their latest prop to go to auction is none other than Harry Potter's letter from Hogwarts!
Fans of the Potterverse might remember the all-important scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, where the Dursleys' home was flooded by these letters. Although that sequence showcased almost a thousand letters, it looks like only one of them has escaped Vernon's evil clutches and into Prop Store's auction.
The prop is expected to make between $4000 and $6,000, as Harry Potter's superfans bid online or participate in the live bidding that'll take place on 26th September, 2017. However, this Hogwarts acceptance letter isn't the only item from the set to make such a large amount. From the boy wizard's round glasses to the cursed Elder Wand, let's take a look at the items that fans have purchased with their Galleons, Sickles and Knuts.
The Golden Snitch ($7,000)
This walnut-sized flying ball is the most important aspect of Quidditch and has quite the reputation for being hard to catch. However, one fan ended up pocketing at a Butterbeer-spilling $7,000. Funnily enough, this was the same Snitch that was used in Harry's first Quidditch match – and nearly went down Daniel Radcliffe's throat!
Harry Potter's Training Broom ($11,500)
While all young wizards and witches would've emptied their accounts to get their hands on the Nimbus 2000 or the Firebolt, one fan settled for Harry's training broom. Sold alongside the Golden Snitch (mentioned above), the broom made from bundled sticks with a "Harry" inscribed painted resin handle brought in a $11,500 for Premiere Props.
The Elder Wand ($10,100)
As Death itself had created an all-powerful wand for the Peverell brothers, it was bound to be the reason for numerous fights and deaths throughout the Wizarding community. Similarly, it was also the most sought after item in Premiere Prop's 2013 California auction, where it was sold for a Hungarian Horn-Tail-sized price of $10,100.
Harry Potter's Glasses ($20,000)
Every fan of the franchise has tried to don the iconic round-shaped glasses and pretended to be Harry Potter at some point. Even Daniel Radcliffe did it by snagging a pair from the set! While most fans had to make do with a replica, one Muggle got their hands on the real thing during the 2015 Julien's auction for $20,000.
In addition to these items from the Harry Potter set, rare artifacts and illustrations also hold great value in the hearts of fans. While the first edition of The Philosopher's Stone was sold for $228,000, the original cover of the same book conjured £85,750 for its owner. So, in case fans of the franchise have any such collector's items in their hands, they should do their best to keep them in mint condition.
As the franchise is witnessing a revival with the Fantastic Beasts series of films, the prices of those memorabilia are bound to go sky high, and help them in filling their Gringotts vault!
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