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J.K. Rowling Begs Fans Not To Buy Stolen 'Harry Potter' Story

By Aimee Lutkin

On Friday, the West Midlands Police force in the UK announced that a burglary which took place three weeks ago in local neighborhood included the theft of a manuscript written in hand by J.K. Rowling. The story was a prequel to Rowling's Harry Potter series, set just before Harry Potter's birth, and revolves around his father, James and Sirius Black. 

According to the New York Times, they escape from policemen on broomsticks. That certainly sounds like something wizards would do! The 800 words, written on a large card, were sold in 2008 for about $32,100 in an auction for the charity English PEN, which raises money for literary causes.