Antiques Roadshow: Harry Potter books hold ENORMOUS value – do you have one at home?

Tonight’s saw Fiona and the team at Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire and included signed books and ornate silver from Iona.

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There are also treasures from around the world, including a German art deco figurine, an intricate Italian bracelet and a unique Brooklyn Dodgers baseball with a value as extraordinary as its story.

However, the real unexpected valuation tonight was on two Harry Potter books, only one of which was a first edition.

Valuation expert Justin Croft was on hand to deliver the news about the two novels.

Looking at the relatively recent books on the antiques programme, Justin said: “You’ve brought me two Harry Potter’s. One is a Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and the other is a Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

“Okay, now, what’s exciting to me – this one has an inscription in it.

“It says, I think, ‘To the Pope family, with many thanks for introducing Harry to so many people, J.K. Rowling’.”

Noting how the book wasn’t in new condition, Justin teased viewers into believing it wouldn’t be worth much.

He continued: “Okay, that’s a good start. Now this one isn’t a first edition.

“It’s dated 1997, it’s paperback, but it’s not one of the incredibly rare first editions. It’s also quite a well-read copy, isn’t it?”

Moving on to the second book, the collector’s copy of the Chamber of Secrets was a first edition.

He smiled: “So, no, this is a first edition. This is the Chamber of Secrets. And again, here we go, another inscription.

“’To the Pope family, again, hope you like this one as much, J.K. Rowling’. Tell me about the pope family Potters.”

The collector then explained how she was a primary school teacher when the book was first released and took her class to meet the author at a book signing.

She explained: “Okay, I was a primary teacher at a local primary school and about 20 years ago I read this book to the class and the kids loved it. They got very excited about it, very excited by the characters. Then we heard that J.K. Rowling was coming to a book store in Aberdeen.

“So I got a bus and took 30 of them in to meet her. The children were so excited about it. They wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters next and they came in with money to buy the new book. And J.K. Rowling took an hour with us.

“She inscribed the children’s books that they’d bought and she read the first chapter of Chamber of Secrets to the children.

“She introduced the character of Dobby and the magic obviously was the fun and her sense of humour that came through the book as well – shone through. That’s what really got the children hooked on the book.”

So the big question on everyone’s lips was ‘how much is it worth?’ and Justin made sure to tease viewers even more.

He explained the rarity of long signatures, saying: “J.K. Rowling didn’t sign very much after the first two books because she was just so famous. But this is something completely different.

“This is right, almost back at the beginning where she’s signing quite generously, quite fully. You’ve got four lines there. That’s very nice.

“The true first edition of The Philosopher’s Stone is one of those celebrated books that makes tens of thousands of pounds. It’s not one of those, but it’s inscribed.”

“The Chamber of Secrets is a first edition, dated 1998, you’ve also got a nice long inscription too.”

Finally, Justin revealed the whopping amount for the 20-year-old books that was well into four figures.

He concluded: “And so I think together, I’d live to value them together, I think I’d be very happy to put an estimate of £2,000 to £3,000 on them.”

Shocked, the owner gasped: “Wow! Wow, that’s quite amazing. I think they will be going in Gringotts’ vault tonight.”

continues next Sunday on One.

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