The first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known in the United States as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) went up for auction to an excellent extent, breaking pre-sale ratings and breaking some new records.
As reported by Reuters, Heritage Auctions sold the British hardcover edition of 1997, a Dallas-based auction house, which described the book as “magical, incredibly spectacular and therefore very close to virgin status.” It was expected to sell for around $ 70,000; Instead, it was sold for $ 470,000, six times the estimate. Buyer’s name not published.
“It’s not only the most expensive Harry Potter book ever sold, but it’s also the most expensive commercial work ever published commercially,” said Joe Maddalena, executive vice president of Heritage Statement. Previous auction sales of the Harry Potter books were generally between $ 110.00 and $ 138.00.
This outstanding award highlights the wizarding world’s enduring legacy despite the setback and criticism of author J. K. Rowling for transphobic comments on social media. Many Harry Potter movie stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Bonnie Wright have actively spoken out against Rowling, saying they are on the side of the trans audience, not her. The author will not appear in HBO Max’s Harry Potter Anniversary Special Edition: Return to Hogwarts.
Other examples that provide further insight into the continued popularity and impact of the Harry Potter series are the abundance of fan-generated content. For example, a popular theory from Reddit suggests that Santa Claus is a wizard in a wizard’s world. Allegedly, Rudolph is her patron and uses a combination of flea powder and time capsules to deliver all of her gifts overnight. Another fantasy theory is that Jacob Black, Bella’s love interest from the Twilight franchise, is related to Sirius Black, Harry’s father.
In addition, there have been many recent products in the Harry Potter series that will keep it relevant in the discourse of pop culture in the future. Hogwarts Legacy, a new Open World video game from Avalanche Studios (Just Cause, Rage 2), arriving at PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will be released in 2022, and a trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets movie on December 13. The film, which follows the story of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Crimes of Grindelwald, is scheduled for April 15, 2022.
All eight Harry Potter movies can currently be streamed on HBO Max.