Potter 'prequel' fetches thousands at Waterstones auction

A Harry Potter 'prequel' has raised £25,000 for charity at an auction at Waterstones' flagship store in London.

Harry Potter book cover
Harry Potter book cover

Proceeds from the sale of the 800-word prequel, which was written on a 'storycard' by Harry Potter author JK Rowling, went to Dyslexia Action and literacy charity English Pen.

A total of £47,150 was raised at the auction, which took place at the Waterstones bookshop in Piccadilly on 10 June. Other auctioned storycards featured writing by Margaret Atwood, Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Doris Lessing.

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of Dyslexia Action, said: "We are heavily reliant on voluntary income in order to provide vital specialist support to children, young people and adults from hard-to-reach groups, particularly those from lower income backgrounds."

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