Hand­writ­ten Harry Pot­ter pre­quel stolen in bur­glary

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/Entertainment -

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 25,000 pounds ($49,000 at the time).

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

Rowl­ing tweeted a pic­ture of the man­u­script Friday with the mes­sage: “PLEASE DON’T BUY THIS IF YOU’RE OF­FERED IT.” In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Paul Jauncey ap­pealed to any Pot­ter fans who see the story or are of­fered it for sale to con­tact po­lice.

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

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