More Harry Potter magic in Alnwick

The first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
The first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

HARRY Potter is coming back to Alnwick this weekend, in the form of a rare first-edition book worth £30,000.

Alnwick’s inaugural book fair is to be held on Saturday in the Northumberland Hall from 10am to 4.30pm.

More than 30 specialist booksellers from around the UK are set to attend the event, organised by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA), with the star attraction being the Harry Potter book.

Fair manager Anthony Smithson said: “The print run of the first Harry Potter book was very small, JK Rowling was an unknown quantity to her publishers Bloomsbury and less than 500 copies were printed. Most went out to libraries so were either thrown away or turn up in poor condition. A copy in this kind of condition is a real rarity.”

Also on display will be several fascinating documents relating to the history of the town, including several printed pieces to do with the ‘war’ between the Duke and the citizens of Alnwick in the 1780s, an archive detailing the raising of funds for the widow of a policeman killed in a riot in the town in the 19th century and a small bundle of manuscripts about a school of porpoises washed up at Bamburgh – did they belong to the Duke or not?

Alnwick Chamber of Trade chairman Carlo Biagioni said: “We wish them all the best and we hope they will be very well received. I’m hoping it will become an annual event like the food festival and the music festival.”

For more information contact Anthony Smithson on 0191 296 0664.