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.
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.”
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]