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


Jul 21, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

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.”

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

Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: 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 :)Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Funny thing to buy but it would be so cool to have it knowing that it belonged to her.Avatar ImageBlueOwl4 says: Wow, that chair must emanate creativity!!! Too bad I'm not rich..I would love to bid on it...Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: That chair belongs in the Smithsonian! I hope they bid on, and win it!Avatar ImageCalynthe says: 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! :DAvatar ImageGTHunter says: Why would you pay an arm & a leg for a chair?? Thats like paying for a lock of Britney Spears hair... totally supidAvatar ImageMrs.Brisby says: That is one awesome chair. That's where all the magic began. :B That'd be cool if some kind of museum got it. Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: wow that is one awsome chair its were it all happenedAvatar Imagenicklover says: 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". Avatar Imagejustanargle says: That's cool, i wish i had enough money to buy it!! Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: That's so cool, it's good that it's going to charity.Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: JKR is good with charities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageVoodooPadfoot says: 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. xAvatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: makes me wish I was rich... Avatar ImageGraymayne says: @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.Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: ha if i was only richAvatar ImageJadeDanielle says: That's fantastic....I love hearing stories about this. It's great to hear about people doing things like this for charity! :}Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: WOW! J.K Rowling is so funny! Haha made me smile while reading this! :) Makes me wish I had money, but it's already *WAY* out of my league!Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Oh and I forgot to say it's for a really good cause lol! :D Avatar ImageLloyd says: Now there is a piece of furniture I need...Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: That would be awesome to own something like that! I will be watching this auction to see how high it gets. :)Avatar Imageauror_in_training says: Yay JKR! A great cause and an awesome piece of literary history! I really hope a museum gets it!Avatar ImageMissSongbird says: That would be such an odd thing to have. It's a good idea, though.Avatar ImageLavendergirl says: Lol this is quite cool, JKR can make anything special! I'd love to have it, and sit on it while I do homework and read books! :DAvatar Imageapple8971 says: wow i would love to buy that...♥Avatar ImageFlora Lovegood says: I love teh way she painted on it and put messages on it...its not just a chair :) ...Tho I agree that it could be in a British cultural museum, it is so much more fun to think a fan could sit on it and maybe write their own book...anyone got 2000 pounds I can borr...have? :)Avatar ImageTheWizard says: I want that chair :DAvatar ImageAwakened says: That's awesome that this is the second time this item will be benefiting a charity! I agree with all who said they hope a museum gets it.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: That is so cool!!! And it's for CHAIR-ity! :o)Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: OMG that is sooo cool! i love jo's sense of humor! i wish i could own that chair ha ha!Avatar Imagejediofthelost says: Way to go J.K. Rowling for you helped a charity.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: :D lolzAvatar ImageR-for-H says: Very cool!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: wow, i wonder who's going to win that bid and how much it will go for.

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