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Rare ‘Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone’ Copy Stolen

A man and a woman stole a first-edition copy of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone at the “Art You Grew Up With Exhibition” in Oxfordshire, England. It is estimated that only 300 to 500 copies of this rare book exists; this particular stolen copy was worth over $9,500.

The Sun quoted Oxford book dealer Adrian Greenwood who loaned the book to the exhibit: “It was a first edition that was library stock. A dealer in London had one offered to them by someone who left a fake phone number. It is very unusual. Whoever stole it will have a terrible time selling it. We have photos of where it is restored so it’s easy to identify.”

Bloomsbury UK first acquired the Harry Potter series, publishing Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997. A year later, Scholastic brought Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone to the American market. (Via the Economic Times)

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Percy Jackson Rides Harry Potter’s Cape-Tails

As unhappy kids around the world ponder the eventual end of the Harry Potter franchise, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series is poised to replace the boy wizard at the multiplex.

This weekend, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” screenings will feature that trailer for the adaptation of the “The Lightning Thief,” the first installment in the series by Rick Riordan. According to the Examiner, the book follows an ongoing quest led by a young half-god. The movie is directed by Chris Columbus, who helmed the first two Potter films.

Here’s more from the article: “These books have a Harry Potter meets Chronicles of Narnia feeling that becomes a fresh and unique take on the young hero story by drawing on Greek mythology. Casting for this movie includes familiar names like Pierce Brosnon, Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman and Kevin McKidd.”