J.K. Rowling's handwritten Harry Potter prequel stolen in robbery

| Updated: May 13, 2017 04:38 IST

New York [USA], May 12 (ANI): The manuscript of an untitled prequel to Harry Potter books handwritten by author J.K. Rowling has been stolen in a robbery in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Just 800 words long, the handwritten manuscript written on two sides of an A5 postcard was taken from a property in Kings Heath, Birmingham, reports the CNN. The West Midlands Police in a statement on Twitter appealed the Harry Potter fans not to buy this copy if offered. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are asking <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HarryPotter?src=hash">#HarryPotter</a> fans to help share our appeal after a rare Harry Potter prequel by <a href="https://twitter.com/jk_rowling">@jk_rowling</a> was stolen <a href="https://t.co/NLH79kAoLf">https://t.co/NLH79kAoLf</a></p>&mdash; West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/WMPolice/status/862940856592072705">May 12, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "The only people who will buy this unique piece are true Harry Potter fans. We are appealing to anyone who sees, or is offered this item for sale, to contact police," investigating officer Paul Jauncey said in a statement. The story is said to feature a young James Potter, Harry's father, and his best friend Sirius Black . Rowling had penned the story for a local dyslexia charity, which then sold it at a 2008 Sotherby's auction for £25,000 (around $32,000). West Midlands police said the theft, in which several items of jewelry were also stolen, occurred at a property on Howard Road sometime between April 13 and 24. They are asking anyone with any information to come forward. Rowling also urged her followers on Twitter to turn down any sales of the manuscript. "PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS IF YOU'RE OFFERED IT. Originally auctioned for @englishpen, the owner supported writers' freedoms by bidding for it," she tweeted on Friday. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">PLEASE DON&#39;T BUY THIS IF YOU&#39;RE OFFERED IT. Originally auctioned for <a href="https://twitter.com/englishpen">@englishpen</a>, the owner supported writers&#39; freedoms by bidding for it. <a href="https://t.co/ljEQyyj9yY">https://t.co/ljEQyyj9yY</a></p>&mdash; J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) <a href="https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/862948796262645762">May 12, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> (ANI)
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