Antiques Roadshow guest floored by value of ‘shabby’ Harry Potter books

An Antiques Roadshow guest was left speechless after two old Harry Potter books were valued at up to £5,000.

The BBC show traveled to Scotland on Sunday evening, during which presenter Fiona Bruce toured Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens as guests brought in antiques and heirlooms.

A guest, Helen, brought two books from the first edition of Harry Potter – the Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets. The first book was in very poor condition.

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Book and manuscript expert Justin Croft said: “Normally I would welcome you to the fair and thank you for bringing the items. Then I would say they are in good condition…but I can’t do it here”.

Helen explained that she received the first Harry Potter book in her one-year-old stocking and read it quickly before passing it on to her siblings. She said the book had been read “multiple times by multiple people”.

But since both books were authored by JK Rowling, Helen was in for a pleasant surprise when it came to the rating. Justin estimated the first book to be worth between £1,000 and £1,500, while the second – which was in much better condition but without its dust cover – was worth up to £3,500.

However, some viewers were unimpressed. Harry Potter books are considered “antiques”. Taking to Twitter, Gerry Keogh said: “I love Harry Potter but it’s the #antiquesroadshow, the clue is in the ‘antiques'”.

Mr Chambers said: ‘Harry Potter books are not antiques’, while David Tully called the books ‘shabby’. Cupie_doll said: “I can’t believe how precious the signed Harry Potter books are. Amazing”.

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