Antiques Roadshow fans were taken aback to discover a guest’s signed Harry Potter books were worth £5,000.
During the latest episode of the hit BBC show, which took place in the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, the specialists were shown a variety of valuables which included a family heirloom and car mascots.
However, a Harry Potter enthusiast got a little more than she bargained for when she brought in her paperbacks – which was signed by author JK Rowling -for valuation.
‘Growing up, Harry Potter meant an awful lot to me and my family,’ she said.
‘The paperback was given one year in my stocking for Christmas and passed it round to my siblings, which is why it’s in the condition that you can see here.’
She added: ‘When the second book came out [Chamber of Secrets] JK Rowling came to the Edinburgh book festival and she did a signing.’
After antiquarian bookseller Justin Croft slammed the condition of the books by saying they were the ‘worst he’s seen on the Roadshow,’ he inspected the novels and decided to ‘value it on the bases of the inscription.’
‘So I would say £1,000 to £1,500 on this [Philosopher’s Stone] and this [Chamber of Secrets] being a first edition £3,000 to £3,500,’ he added.
After hearing the shocking valuation, fans immediately shared their thoughts on Twitter.
‘#antiquesroadshow Dear JK Rowling, Can you please sign the enclosed copies of Harry Potter for me?’ one fan quipped.
While another viewer poked fun at the book’s condition and joked: ‘That Harry Potter book has seen better days.’
However some fans questioned why the beloved books were brought in, with one writing: ‘A Harry Potter book, no matter how valuable…… is not an antique.’
Despite starting from very little, Rowling has become a household name in Britain, and she has achieved more than she might ever have dreamed of while sitting in a coffee shop writing those first words about The Boy Who Lived.
Once the book became a huge hit in the UK, Rowling got a $105,000 (£84,092) deal in the US.
From there her career went from strength to strength, and each new edition of the series won awards and broke records for sales.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe first landed the role of Harry Potter back in 2001, alongside Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermoine Granger).
Antiques Roadshow returns on Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.