Author J. K. Rowling turned to Twitter last April 16 after a handwritten prequel to the Harry Potter series was reportedly stolen by burglars.
The burglary happened in Kings Heath, Birmingham, in between April 13 and 14. Other items that were stolen included one-of-a-kind jewelry and other valuables. The current owner of the item had been in Bangkok at the time of the incident.
Rowling retweeted the report from West Midlands Police, adding, “Please don’t buy this if you’re offered it.”
The prequel had been auctioned off at Sotheby’s years ago to raise funds for a charity that supports dyslexia action and understanding through literature. The story is written on two sides of an A5 postcard.
The story reportedly features Harry’s father, James, as well as his godfather, Sirius Black, as they encounter muggle policemen after a high-speed motorbike chase. It is set three years before Harry’s birth.
West Midlands Police are still investigating the break-in and are reaching out to fans to help. “We are appealing to anyone who sees or is offered this item for sale to contact police.”
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