Handwritten Harry Potter prequel stolen


May 13, 2017
FILE - In this June 10, 2008 file photo, a member of staff at Waterstones holds a story written by JK Rowling donated by the author, for the What's Your Story? auction in aid of English PEN and Dyslexia Action, in London.


J.K. Rowling is urging Harry Potter fans not to buy a handwritten prequel to the boy wizard's adventures that was stolen during a burglary in England.

Rowling wrote the 800-word story for a 2008 charity auction, where it sold for PS25,000 (US$49,000 at the time).

West Midlands Police said on Friday that it was stolen, along with some jewellery, during a burglary in Birmingham between April 13 and 24.

Set three years before Harry is born, the story tells how the boy wizard's father, James, and godfather Sirius Black get into trouble with a policeman before escaping with broomsticks, drumsticks, and a little bit of magic.