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Rare Harry Potter book fetches £150,000 at auction

A rare edition of the first Harry Potter book, which was personally annotated by JK Rowling, has sold for £150,000 at auction.

One-of-a-kind: Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The unique copy of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone contains 22 of the authors own illustrations along with a revealing commentary.

Published in 1997, the book was sold to a telephone bidder at Sotheby's in central London, also up for auction was a copy of Roald Dahl's Matilda, with new illustrations by Quentin Blake, which sold for £30,000 making it the second highest sale of the evening.

The royals at war: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge duel

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get some tips on duelling with their wands.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get some tips on duelling with their wands. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge enjoying her new wand.
The Duchess of Cambridge enjoying her new wand. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge duelled with wands like wizards from the Harry Potter movies after a crash course in the magical arts.

See more: Gallery - Magic day out for royal couple and Prince Harry

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry share a joke over a spell or two.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry share a joke over a spell or two. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry share a joke over a spell or two.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry share a joke over a spell or two. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Wire

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Harry Potter creator given freedom of City of London

The creator of the Harry Potter series has been honoured for her services to children's literature. J K Rowling has sold more than 450 million books worldwide. She's now been given the freedom of the City of London.

Harry Potter author J K Rowling has been given the freedom of the City of London
Harry Potter author J K Rowling has been given the freedom of the City of London Credit: Reuters

The author said she was prouder than she could say to be given the honour, which, she added: "on top of all the known benefits - and few people realise this - entitles me to a free pint in the Leaky Cauldron and a ten Galleon voucher to spend in Diagon Alley."

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Hundreds of Potter fans flock to studio tour launch

Bonnie Wright and Rupert Grint
Bonnie Wright and Rupert Grint arrive at the grand opening of the studio tour Credit: PA

Hundreds of screaming Potter fans queued outside the studios in Leavesden, near Watford in Herts, where all the multimillion pound-grossing films based on JK Rowling's magical stories were shot.

Local boy Grint, who played Ron Weasley, said: "This is the most glamorous I've ever seen Watford."

Harry Potter stars turn out for studio tour launch

Harry Potter attraction
New attraction The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros studios, Herts Credit: PA

Harry Potter stars turned out at the red carpet opening of a studio tour which gives fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the blockbuster films.

Rupert Grint, Tom Felton and Bonnie Wright were among actors at the grand opening of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter.

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