May 12 A rare Harry Potter prequel handwritten
by author J.K. Rowling on a postcard has been stolen during a
burglary in central England, police said on Friday as they
appealed for help from fans of the wizard across the world.
The 800-word story, set three years before Harry Potter is
born and which sold for 25,000 pounds ($32,152) at a charity
auction in 2008, was stolen from a property in Birmingham
between April 13-24.
"The only people who will buy this unique piece are true
Harry Potter fans. We are appealing to anyone who sees, or is
offered this item for sale, to contact police," said Constable
Paul Jauncey from West Midlands Police.
Handwritten over two sides of an A5 postcard, the untitled
prequel features the characters Sirius Black and Harry's father
James. It opens with a youthful Sirius and James cornered by two
irate policemen at the end of a high-speed motorcycle chase.
After an exchange of words with the policemen, the two
teenagers make their escape using a touch of magic. The card
concludes with the words "From the prequel I am not working on
-- but that was fun!".
More than 450 million copies of the seven original Harry
Potter books have been sold worldwide in 79 languages. The movie
franchise has grossed more than $7 billion worldwide.
($1 = 0.7775 pounds)
(Reporting by Emily G Roe; editing by Michael Holden)