In a rare edition of the first Harry Potter book, in which she made sketches and annotations over 43 pages, author J.K. Rowling says the first tale 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' changed her life forever.
For ardent fans, she also wonders: "Perhaps Hufflepuff House would have the respect it deserves from fans if I'd stayed with my original idea of a bear to represent it?" But as legions of readers will know, she ultimately chose the badger as the symbol of Hufflepuff House.
The book is on display as part of the exhibition Magical Books: from the Middle Ages to Middle-earth. The exhibition runs until October, but the Harry Potter book will only be in it until 10th June 2013.
Staff at the Bodleian Library have thanked the owner of a rare Harry Potter book for lending it to the library as part of an exhibition on children's fantasy writing.
An exhibition on children’s fantasy literature could not have been complete without Harry Potter, the series which has captivated the imagination of the latest generation of children. The Bodleian Libraries are extremely grateful to the new owner of this rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the opportunity to display the book for the first time for thousands of visitors to view over the next couple of weeks."
– Richard Ovenden, Deputy to Bodley’s Librarian, University of Oxford
A rare edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone now on display at the Bodleian Library, is being exhibited alongside a selection of Tolkien’s original artwork for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and his manuscript of a previously unknown poem, ‘The Fall of Arthur’.
C.S. Lewis’s ‘Lefay notebook’ and his map of Narnia, and manuscripts of novels and poems by Alan Garner, Philip Pullman and Susan Cooper, are also among the items on display, many of which are being exhibited for the first time.
Oxford's Bodleian Library is exhibiting a rare edition of the first title in the Harry Potter series. It sold at Sotheby's for £150,000.
The copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is on loan from its new owner, who is a friend of the prestigious library.
The book was auctioned to raise money for the charity English PEN and J.K. Rowling's own charity, Lumos. It is now part of an exhibition featuring works by other famous children's authors, including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Susan Cooper, Alan Garner and Philip Pullman.