Image source, Hansons Auctions Image caption, Mr. Potter's late father bought him a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997
A rare first edition of a Harry Potter novel was sold by a teenage assistant namesake.
Harry Potter, 33, sales manager for Waterlooville in Hampshire, received a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher 's Stone in 1997.
The hardcover copy was purchased by his "dumbfounded " father when he realized that JK Rowling's character name matched his son's.
It was auctioned off to a private buyer for £ 27,500.
Mr. Potter was eight years old.hen the first in JK Rowling's bestselling novel series has been released. He said he had spent time since he had to convince people that Harry Potter was really his name.
"People just don't believe me, when I do. 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 in vacation in Greece, she didn't believe me either. "
Image source, Hansons Auctions Image caption, The hardcover copy of Harry Potter and the Stone Philosopher was one of 500 copies in the first run
Mr. Potter and his family decided to sell the book to honor his late father David who died of cancer in 2017.
His sister, Katie Sign said: "I remember dad barging through the front door after work holding up a book, proclaiming 'you will never believe what I 've got! '.
"At first glance, we were confused. Had someone written a book for Harry?
" The novelty and coincidence of the namesake us pushed to open that first book, but the magic of history has kept us turning pages for years and years "she added.
The copthe hard cover, one of only 500 in the first print, includes a number of printing errors including the word "baguette " appearing twice on page 53 and "philosopher " misspelled on the cover back.
It was sold to a private UK buyer at Hansons Auctions in Etwall, Derbyshire.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson the sale was "very moving and magical " .
"Providence is unique - it is an honor to sell Harry Potter 's Harry Potter.
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