Harry Potter prequel that was set three years before the first novel written by JK Rowling has been stolen. She had penned the tale on a postcard and sold it at an auction for £25,000. After the postcard was stolen from a house in Birmingham, she is appealing to the thieves to return this rare and extremely valuable prequel. The 800-word piece was written on an A5 card and sold at a charity auction nine years ago at Sotheby’s.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the postcard or has information about the break-in is urged to contact West Midlands Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
It has been revealed that the postcard was stolen along with jewellery from a property in Howard Road, Kings Heath in Birmingham during a break-in between April 13 and 24. Responding to the news of the theft, JK Rowling retweeted a message issued by West Midlands Police appealing for information and featuring a picture of the short story. The writer said: ‘’PLEASE DON’T BUY THIS IF YOU’RE OFFERED IT. Originally auctioned for @englishpen, the owner supported writers’ freedoms by bidding for it.”
Set three years before Harry Potter’s birth, the prequel featured James Potter (Harry Potter’s father) and Sirius Black (Harry’s godfather). It revolved around the time when James andSirius were a bunch of teenagers. They were confronted by two ‘muggle’ policemen after a high-speed motorbike chase. As the policemen attempt to arrest for speeding and riding without helmets, three men on broomsticks fly down the alley towards them. James and Sirius use their wands to lift the police car up to form a barrier, and the broomsticks riders crash into it. Sirius and James leave the frightened policemen in the alley and escape.
From Rowling’s explicit cautionary words, it seems that readers’ curiosity about what Sirius and James were about to do and who their opponents were; will remain unanswered.