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Man called Harry Potter sells copy of the Philosopher's Stone book

Hampshire's real life Harry Potter is selling his copy of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone after discovering it is a magical first edition.

National sales manager Harry Potter, from Waterlooville, was eight when the J.K Rowling classic was first published.

His father, shocked at the coincidence of his son's name appearing on a book cover, bought the copy in 1997.

The 33-year-old has spent a lifetime of trying to convince people that his name really is the same as the world's most famous wizard.

National sales manager Harry Potter is selling his copy of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone 

The 33-year-old has spent a lifetime of trying to convince people that his name really is Harry Potter

The hardback edition is extremely rare, as only 500 copies were printed in the first run. 300 of those were given to schools and libraries.

'People just don't believe me,' said Harry, a dad-of-three from Waterlooville. 'When I was a young footballer, a referee threatened me with a red card for saying my name was Harry Potter.

'When I met my wife, Philippa, on holiday in Greece, she didn't believe me either. People think it's a wind up. I've had the mick taken out of me over the years but you get used to it.'

Harry's sister Katie Sign vividly remembers their dad purchasing the book.

She said: 'Dad explained that he'd heard Terry Wogan mention Harry Potter on Radio 2 and, once he had gathered Terry was referring to an award-winning children's' book - not his then eight-year-old son - he turned his van round, drove straight to Bay Tree Bookshop in Waterlooville and bought us a copy.'

The collection did not stop there. Over the years, as the franchise flourished, the precious book was joined by the whole anthology of Rowling's wizarding work.

In 1997 Mr Potter's father, shocked at the coincidence of his son's name appearing on a book cover, bought the copy in 1997

Harry Potter and his sister Katie Sign have now decided to sell the first edition in order to raise money to take their dad's ashes to Africa

Harry's copy will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers on October 7 with a guide price of £20,000-£30,000.

The hardback edition is extremely rare, as only 500 copies were printed in the first run. 300 of those were given to schools and libraries.

There are various ways to identify a Philosopher's Stone first issue, including duplication of '1 wand' on page 53.

Most importantly, the issue number must read '10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.'

Harry and Katie have now decided to sell the first edition in order to raise money to take their dad's ashes to Africa.

Harry said: 'We think now's the time to use the money to benefit our families and do something dad wanted.'

An auction at Hansons in October 2020 saw a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone sell for £75,000.

Harry's copy will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers on October 7 with a guide price of £20,000-£30,000. 

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