Man Jailed Over Theft of First Edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


Jun 06, 2011

Posted by John Admin

BBC News today reports the sentencing of Kevin McGirr, a 40-year-old man who pleaded guilty to charges of stealing a rare first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. McGirr took the book–worth approximately £6,000 or about $9,800 US–from the Creative Art Gallery in Woodstock, Oxfordshire back in October. The book was found “wrapped in a plastic bag outside a Boots store in Abingdon on 15 November”.

Ordered at Banbury Magistrates’ Court to pay both £250 compensation and £400 in legal costs, Kevin McGirr has been jailed for six weeks. Read the full article at this link on the BBC News website.

33 Responses to Man Jailed Over Theft of First Edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: He is a VERRRY bad boy!!!! Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: He is a VERRRY bad boy!!!! Avatar ImageAbbyWeasley says: Wow.... shouldn't the first edition belong to JKR?Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: bad man .. learn not to take something that doesn't belong to you .. bad bad bad man !Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Why was the book found in front of a Boots store? Why would he leave it there where anything could have happened to it!Avatar Imagecloethebelatrixlover says: Well I would love to have it. Although I dont think I would steal it... >:DAvatar ImageRubeusHagrid says: @AbbyWeasley: They are 1,000 first editions, (British editions..not American!) out there...I don't see why JKR should have them ALL...haaha ^_^ And I really would want that...Not stealing it like @cloethebelatrixlover said...But, *sight*, wouldn't it be awesome ;{Avatar ImageRubeusHagrid says: *sigh, sorry ;PAvatar Imageluvgood84 says: Hes' been a VERY Naughty boy!Avatar Imagemariakingsford says: oh dear.Avatar Imagebellbell127 says: he stole one of the most famous books in this century and will only be in jail for 6 weeks? thats ridicules, i think he needs to have a life sentence in azkaban. Avatar Image1HarryPotterFan123 says: *SIGH* Squibs these days...Avatar Imageemmawatsonfan13 says: I live in the US, but I have a paper-back copy of the British version. I love it!! I can't believe that guy stole it though.....tsk, tsk!!!!Avatar ImageRubeusHagrid says: @emmawatsonfan13-- I have a British copy too, though i live in the US. i like the font, and Mary GrandPre's illustrations better, though...But there's something ..for-want-of-a-better-word, magical, about the British, especially Book One's cover art, and the simplicity of the font, chapter headings, etc. WOW, i'm sorry for that random speech... ;PAvatar ImageMadgerock says: I wonder if it as one of the 500 actual first editions that went to libraries throughout the UK or if it was one of the 1000 second printings of the first edition. It would definately affect the value Avatar Imageloonyquibblergirl says: How could he?! That's the worst thing I've heard yet.Avatar Imagealexweasley12 says: wth is wrong with this guy.....? whats the diference between british and us anyways ?!Avatar ImageFelipe_Q says: Really bad that he robbed it... But honestly, the biggest crime was leaving the first edition unattended outside some random store! Are ya crazy!?!?! -.-Avatar Imagesuzyweasley says: he should of got longer in jailAvatar ImageMahin says: Poor man! What had he done!Avatar ImageDavidTheUnready says: "Put it down, Kevin, we mustn't touch what isn't ours" Severus SnapeAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: Haha! I agree with @bellbell127! He should go to Azkaban!Avatar ImageOh Neville says: Mundungus is after the silver again..... Tsk, tsk, tsk. Avatar ImageFresca says: I am glad that the jerk get caught, and tha the book is returned to the library. He reminds me of Mundungus!Avatar ImageArlen says: hi please join my call of duty modern warfare 2 group! thanks:) Avatar Imagemencia says: stealing is very bad i wonder what he was planning to do with it.....Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: I presume that the short sentence was because (a) he pleaded guilty (eventually) and (b) the book was returned undamaged. And (c), reading between the lines, I wonder if he wasn't very bright.Avatar ImageDisneyDarling says: poor dude!!! he gets jailed for showing apprecation to hpAvatar ImageDisneyDarling says: poor dude!!! he gets jailed for showing apprecation to hpAvatar Imagekyrstalkris says: The Harry Potter series shouldn't be causing crimes! Oh well, you can't do anything about it! But, what do they mean by first edition . . . ? Like it was the first one to be printed? Or before all the edits and stuff? $10,000! That's a lot of money! And whoever left it in the front of a boots store must be kicking themselves now! But, how do they know it's the first edition? Would someone please kindly explain? Like owl it to me on MyLeaky? Thank you if you can contribute to my knowledge! :DAvatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: kyrstalkris, it may be, as Madgerock suggests, one of the small first printing. (Bloomsbury didn't realise quite how popular it was going to be!) I think there may have been some corrections, too, when they re-printed. You can tell when you've got the first edition of a book from information on the left hand page at the start - the sequences of numbers etc. There are websites that explain about this stuff. Some people get very excited about it! Possibly more excited than by actually reading the books!Avatar ImageMiss.Weasley says: wondering if he's a hardcore fan or just a money concerned lunatic? these special editions belong to JKR and us, devoted fans. They shouldn't be owned by just one person (unless JK)!Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Gosh the kind of people nowadays

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