Harry Potter prequel handwritten on a postcard by JK Rowling stolen in a burglary in Birmingham
Birmingham,MAy12:An untitled Harry Potter prequel handwritten on a postcard by JK Rowling has been stolen in a burglary in Birmingham.
The 800-word story, written on an A5 card, sold for £25,000 at a charity auction at Sotheby’s in 2008.
The postcard was stolen with some jewellery from a property in Howard Road, Kings Heath, during a break-in between 13 and 24 April.
West Midlands police have issued a plea for information in the hope that “the appeal goes far and wide among Harry Potter fans throughout the world”.
PC Paul Jauncey said: “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.”
JK Rowling tweeted:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 12, 2017
The prequel was among several works donated by authors including Sebastian Faulks and Doris Lessing to an auction held in 2008 to raise funds for English PEN, which promotes understanding through literature, and Dyslexia Action.
Reportedly set three years before Harry Potter’s birth, the prequel features the schoolboy wizard’s father, James Potter, and godfather Sirius Black when they were teenagers.
They are confronted by two “muggle” police officers after a high-speed motorbike chase but manage to escape on broomsticks.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the postcard, or who has information about the break-in, is urged to contact West Midlands police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.