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Charity Auction: Chair Used by JK Rowling When Writing First Two Harry Potter Novels

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
July 21, 2009, 11:13 AM

There is a very special charity auction underway, featuring the personal chair used by author J.K. Rowling when she wrote the first two Harry Potter novels in her flat in Scotland. The chair, first donated and sold at auction in 2002 for charity, has now been donated again by the former owner, this time in effort to help the Books Abroad charity which sends free school books to impoverished countries.  As seen here on Ebay, the auction is open now until July 26, and includes some wonderful photos. The elaborately decorated chair comes with special authentication written by J.K. Rowling, written on a special Owl Post. Ananova reports:

Rowling wrote The Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets on the chair in her Scottish council flat when she was a single mother, surviving on benefits and struggling with depression.It has been personalised by the author herself and features several painted slogans including: "I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair."

.. The letter explains that she was given four mismatched dining room chairs in 1995 and, because it was the most comfortable, it was this one that ended up at her desk in front of her typewriter.The author finishes off the letter with the comment: "My nostalgic side is sad to see you go but my back isn't."

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8876 Points

JKR is so awesome :)
Like it would be so easy for her to keep all the important things from her HP-writing days. The chair that saw her create the Potterverse no way is just a chair and, I can totally see how she would be nostalgic about it. It’s really something that she gives things for charity and, things that mean a lot to her. It would be easy to give money to charitable foundations and things but, she gives stuff that matters to her which makes it way more special :)

Posted by Moose_Starr on July 21, 2009, 11:29 AM report to moderator
16258 Points

Funny thing to buy but it would be so cool to have it knowing that it belonged to her.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 21, 2009, 11:36 AM report to moderator
49 Points

Wow, that chair must emanate creativity!!! Too bad I’m not rich..I would love to bid on it…

Posted by BlueOwl4 on July 21, 2009, 11:47 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

That chair belongs in the Smithsonian! I hope they bid on, and win it!

Posted by Won_Two on July 21, 2009, 12:18 PM report to moderator
299 Points

Haha, that’s awesome. I’m glad she’s donating her stuff for charity – I don’t know if I would be able to part with my stuff. I hope it raises a lot of money for charity! :D

Posted by Queen Griselda [*Squee!*] on July 21, 2009, 12:23 PM report to moderator
13757 Points

Why would you pay an arm & a leg for a chair?? Thats like paying for a lock of Britney Spears hair… totally supid

Posted by GTHunter [FTC!] on July 21, 2009, 12:33 PM report to moderator
2538 Points

That is one awesome chair. That’s where all the magic began. :B That’d be cool if some kind of museum got it.

Posted by Mrs.Brisby on July 21, 2009, 12:34 PM report to moderator
2525 Points

wow that is one awsome chair its were it all happened

Posted by The Nerd on July 21, 2009, 12:47 PM report to moderator
325 Points

That is so sweet! How cool would it be if Stephainie Meyer did that? And for whoever wrote that article, its “Sorcerers Stone” not “Philosophers Stone”.

Posted by draco'sprincess on July 21, 2009, 12:57 PM report to moderator
123 Points

That’s cool, i wish i had enough money to buy it!!

Posted by justanargle on July 21, 2009, 01:02 PM report to moderator
2661 Points

That’s so cool, it’s good that it’s going to charity.

Posted by Wingardium Leviosa ❄WBM❄ on July 21, 2009, 01:26 PM report to moderator
337 Points

JKR is good with charities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mugglejeff on July 21, 2009, 01:57 PM report to moderator
328 Points

This is such a good idea, she is constantly thinking up new ways to contribute to charity, I’d take me hat off to her . . . if i was wearing one. x

Posted by VoodooPadfoot - {WBM} on July 21, 2009, 02:22 PM report to moderator
3263 Points

makes me wish I was rich…

Posted by siriuslysirius11 {*SQUEE*} on July 21, 2009, 02:40 PM report to moderator
925 Points

@dracosprincess – Actually you are wrong. Jo wrote Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone which was subsequently published by Bloomsbury in the UK. It was Scholastic who made the decision to change the title, for marketing purposes, with permission from Jo. It was a decision she later regretted.

Posted by Graymayne on July 21, 2009, 02:55 PM report to moderator
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