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

Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone
Posted by: Rosi
June 06, 2011, 02:15 PM

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.

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He is a VERRRY bad boy!!!!

Posted by Won_Two on June 06, 2011, 02:22 PM report to moderator
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He is a VERRRY bad boy!!!!

Posted by Won_Two on June 06, 2011, 02:24 PM report to moderator
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Wow…. shouldn’t the first edition belong to JKR?

Posted by AbbyWeasley on June 06, 2011, 03:21 PM report to moderator
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1642 Points

bad man .. learn not to take something that doesn’t belong to you .. bad bad bad man !

Posted by Bella'love ^HISS^ on June 06, 2011, 03:44 PM report to moderator
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Why was the book found in front of a Boots store? Why would he leave it there where anything could have happened to it!

Posted by LunaLuver on June 06, 2011, 03:45 PM report to moderator
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Well I would love to have it. Although I dont think I would steal it… >:D

Posted by cloethebelatrixlover on June 06, 2011, 04:10 PM report to moderator
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@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 ;{

Posted by RubeusHagrid on June 06, 2011, 04:27 PM report to moderator
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886 Points

*sigh, sorry ;P

Posted by RubeusHagrid on June 06, 2011, 04:27 PM report to moderator
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Hes’ been a VERY Naughty boy!

Posted by Luvgood84(R04R) on June 06, 2011, 04:33 PM report to moderator
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394 Points

oh dear.

Posted by mariakingsford on June 06, 2011, 05:06 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by bellbell127 on June 06, 2011, 05:08 PM report to moderator
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524 Points

SIGH Squibs these days…

Posted by Potterhead777 {ROAR!} on June 06, 2011, 06:43 PM report to moderator
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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!!!!

Posted by emmawatsonfan13 on June 06, 2011, 06:46 PM report to moderator
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@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… ;P

Posted by RubeusHagrid on June 06, 2011, 06:50 PM report to moderator
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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

Posted by Madgerock on June 06, 2011, 06:51 PM report to moderator
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