The first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released with only 500 copies because a typo was spotted. If you happen to have this particular hard-copy version of the book on your shelf you could be raking in thousands of dollars.

A pristine copy of this version is set to be up for auction on November 9 at London’s Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts and is expected to be sold for upward of $33,000.

Here is how to check if you have one of the 500. Take out your hard-copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, turn to page 53, and if your equipment list has “1 wand” repeated twice then we have a winner!

While I was chatting about this discovery on the Evening Zone tonight, a Zoner texted in and it turns out they have one of the 500 copies!

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**UPDATE*** After a plethora of Zoners claimed to have one of the 500 copies, it seemed too good to be true. So after more research, we discovered that the novel must be one of the FIRST editions from 1997 and have all of these details listed HERE.

Good luck typo hunting!

Read more at Independent.




  1. So like are the soft cover editions not part of this special group? My copy is soft cover and has the typo as well…. This is so cool though!!

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