And finally… Wizard!



A rare Harry Potter book found in a skip 12 years ago has sold for more than £36,000 at an auction.

A teacher saved the hardback first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone after it was thrown out at her Buckinghamshire school in 2008.

The copy of the book was one of only 500 in the first print run. An expert described editions of the book, as “rare as hens’ teeth” and the “holy grail” for collectors.

The teacher rescued five Potter books from the skip because she “couldn’t bear to see them go to waste” and thought her children and grandchildren would enjoy them, The Times reports. 

The teacher, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “It just seemed awful to throw them away. At the time, I had no idea they were of any value and neither did the school… I think the school had ten Harry Potter hardback first editions. I don’t know what happened to the other nine.”