J.K. Rowling Pleads With Fans Not To Buy Stolen 'Harry Potter' Sequel

The stolen story involved James Potter and Sirius Black.

By Jaime Lutz

J.K. Rowling is asking fans not to buy a handwritten, one-of-a-kind copy of a “Harry Potter” sequel that was stolen in an England home burglary last month.

.@jk_rowling The story, penned personally by @jk_rowling over 2 sides of an A5 postcard is extremely valuable & stolen during a burglary in #KingsHeath pic.twitter.com/Aio04lVjFt

— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) May 12, 2017

The author took to Twitter on Friday to ask that fans refrain from purchasing the short story, written on two sides of an A5 postcard (that’s 5.8in × 8.3in) and originally auctioned for the organization English PEN, a nonprofit that works to protect the rights of writers around the world. The buyer purchased the book for $32,152 at the 2008 charity auction.

“PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS IF YOU'RE OFFERED IT,” Rowling tweeted. “Originally auctioned for @englishpen, the owner supported writers' freedoms by bidding for it.”

PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS IF YOU'RE OFFERED IT. Originally auctioned for @englishpen, the owner supported writers' freedoms by bidding for it. https://t.co/ljEQyyj9yY

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 12, 2017

The 800-word story stars a youthful version of Harry Potter’s father James Potter and his friend Sirius Black as they run away from police, according to Reuters. Following the conclusion of the story, Rowling wrote “From the prequel I am not working on — but this was fun!”

[Image: Getty Images]

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