How many of us sat by the window the summer after our 11th birthdays and waited for the owls that never came? How many Harry Potter fans dreamed of getting that all important letter to Hogwarts -- yes, even us even in the US -- only to never see it come? Well, now you can get your hands on a letter from Hogwarts, inviting the recipient to the class of 1998. Because now there's a Harry Potter's Hogwarts letter auction going on, and you can bid on it.
Hosted by the memorabilia company known as the Prop Store, the auction, which includes hundreds of movie collectibles from all sorts of different popular franchise, has two different letters from the Harry Potter franchise that are going up for bid. The biggest one, of course, is the letter that Harry Potter received in the very first movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone here in the United States.) There are actually hundreds and hundreds of copies that were made (and fired out of a specifically designed prop cannon through the letter box for the famous scene in the Dursley's living room.) According to the Prop Store, the auction currently values it between £3,000 - £5,000 (which is $2930 - $6,550 in American dollars.)
That doesn't seem like too much money to have your own invitation from Dumbledore (Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards) to come to the most prestigious school in the Wizarding World, does it? Even if the school year did start last week. There's still time to enter a little late. Just get shopping at Diagon Alley, and you'll be fine.
But that's not the only letter that's going up for sale. Also being auctioned off? One of Ron Weasley's letters... or howlers, to be exact. It's from the follow-up movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
As fans will recall, after the escapade where Ron and Harry borrow (well, OK, steal) the flying Ford Anglia in order to get themselves to Hogwarts when they miss the Hogwarts Express, Molly Weasley sends her son a howler that goes off in the middle of the Great Hall, threatening to pull him out of school if he misbehaves again. We assume that the animated teeth of the howler are not included, but we would not be surprised if it opened up like a pop-up card to display them.
For those who might think Ron's letter would not fetch as much as Harry's, that's just not the case. The howler is also estimated to be valued in the £3,000 - £5,000 range (again, $2930 - $6,550 in American dollars.) That's actually a steal, since it's two letters in one. At the end, there's also a nice note to congratulate Ginny for getting sorted into Gryffindor.
Also, in signed items (not from the movie) The Prop Store has on offer a couple of items signed by Daniel Radcliffe, for those who are more fans of the actor than the movies. There's a hat and a tote bag, both of which were originally given out as gifts for those who worked on the movie. Those are expected to go for £400 ($520) or so.
So how can you bid on these items? Head over to the Entertainment Memorabilia website run by The Prop Store. The catalog for the coming auction is live now, and registration is open. The auction itself will occur on Sept. 26t and will be live streamed at this link. We can't wait to see who manages to get their hands on this all important letter, and where the hat will sort them when they arrive.