Harry’s Hogwarts Letter Up for Auction

Sep 07, 2017

Posted by: Kim McChesney

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Are you a Harry Potter aficionado interested in owning a prop from one of the films?

London-based Prop Store, one of the world’s largest collectors of movie memorabilia, is hosting a live auction on September 26th, from 12:00pm at the London ODEON BFI IMAX. Along with over 600 original props and costumes from 200 films and TV shows, Prop Store will be auctioning off Harry’s original acceptance letter to Hogwarts from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The asking price for this magical correspondence, addressed to #4 Privet Drive, is estimated at £3,000 or approximately $4000 US.


This description of the prop is listed in the Prop Store auction catalog:

“A hero envelope and letter used in Chris Columbus’ fantasy-adventure film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Owl post inundated the Dursley household with letters informing Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) of his acceptance into Hogwarts – despite Uncle Vernon’s (Richard Griffiths) best efforts. The envelope is made from marble-effect paper, with Harry’s address printed in green on the front of the envelope, and the Hogwarts crest on the reverse.”

“The hero envelope features a real red-wax Hogwarts seal, unlike the many entirely printed versions that were also used in the scene. The envelope remains sealed with a letter seemingly contained within. The envelope is in excellent condition; the wax seal has cracked and two small fragments are missing, but the Hogwarts crest is still clearly identifiable. Originally sold at a charity auction, the envelope is accompanied by a letter of donation from Warner Bros. and a copy of the letter contained within.”

Ron’s hilarious Howler he received from Mrs. Weasley in Chamber of Secrets is also for sale:


Here’s what the Prop Store catalog says about Mrs. Weasley’s message which may go for £3000-5000:

“The howler used in Chris Columbus’ fantasy-adventure sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) received a letter enchanted to shout loudly after he and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) stole the flying Ford Anglia to get to school for the start of term.”

“The envelope is made of red card with a cream printed address label. A length of burgundy ribbon is wrapped vertically around it, and fixed at the back with a gold-coloured wax seal bearing a “W”, which is still in tact. The letter features the text of the Howler printed in a calligraphic font. Also included is an 8” x 10” still of the scene in the movie, autographed by Rupert Grint in silver pen.”

“The lot contents remain in good condition, with some glue residue present following its professional removal from a display, while the backof letter also exhibits some slight fading. Originally sold at a charity auction, the envelope is accompanied by a letter of donation from Warner Bros.”

The auction, which also includes such items as Marty McFly’s light-Up Nikes from Back to the Future II, Buddy’s costume from Elf, and Batman’s Batsuit from Batman Forever features an interactive webcast, with bidding available online, by phone or in person.

To get more information about the auction and to place a bid go to the Prop Store website here.

Let us know if a Hogwarts bidding war is in your near future!

Body images: Prop Store catalog

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