An obscure prequel to “Harry Potter,” handwritten by author J.K. Rowling, was stolen in a burglary in Birmingham, England. The BBC reports that the 800-word manuscript, written on both sides of a card, was sold nine years ago at a charity auction for £25,000.
“Reportedly set three years before Harry Potter’s birth, it features the schoolboy wizard’s father James Potter, and godfather Sirius Black, when they were teenagers,” the report notes. “They are confronted by two ‘muggle’ policemen after a high-speed motorbike chase but manage to escape on broomsticks.”
The manuscript was stolen, along with jewelry, in a break-in that took place between April 13 and 24 April on Howard Road in Kings Heath, according to West Midlands Police.
After the author, Rowling, heard about the crime she took to social media to warn people not to buy the stolen manuscript. You can see her tweet below …