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Signed Harry Potter Books Charity Auction

Posted by: Mel
June 19, 2010, 05:11 PM

There is currently a charity auction underway on eBay, which is auctioning off several Harry Potter books, all of which signed by J. K. Rowling and some that include an illustration from Mary GrandPre. This charity auction is being run by a young man from Florida, who, as readers may recall has used the auctioning of signed Harry Potter books for the benefit of charity in the past. The press release for the charity auction is as follows:

Teens Auction Rare, One-Off Harry Potter Books for  Charity   When   Potter   Park  Opens


SARASOTA,  FL ,  June 17, 2010  – When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Orlando on Friday, June 18, 2010, three high school seniors will be spreading some of the magic in their community by auctioning off four unique Harry Potter fan packages on eBay to benefit a charity, Project  Bangladesh .  Project Bangladesh  is the brainchild of Laurabeth Goldsmith, 18, who was recognized by her community as Student Volunteer of the Year, the highest honor that community-conscious students can receive.  The charity’s mission is to build a school, a library, and a computer lab for needy children in  Bangladesh . Although the construction of the school is nearly complete, the Harry Potter auction will raise funds for the library and the computer lab. The auction packages will consist of four signed Harry Potter books donated by Shelby Hill, 18, who acquired them when she won a contest to meet J.K. Rowling back in 2000.  Three of the books will also include a unique Harry Potter sketch by illustrator Mary GrandPre.  Altogether, the books are valued at around $15,000, most notably due to a rare Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Collector’s Edition (First Edition), a gift which was given to  Shelby  by Rowling herself when they met.  The auction will be conducted with the help of Daniel Ortiz, 18, who has had experience auctioning a Harry Potter book in the past to the tune of $5,413 for a couple of his favorite charities. 


For more information about the charity and the people involved, go to:



Each of the four Harry Potter books will come with a handcrafted wand donated by Merlin’s Realm ( in  Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Pictures of the books up for auction are available in our Image Galleries. You can bid on the books here and here and here and here.

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8876 Points

That is so awesome. The HP fandom is just amazing. How incredibly generous and selfless to give away something so precious for such a good cause.

Posted by Moose_Starr on June 20, 2010, 12:40 PM report to moderator
5439 Points
It’s all very cool
Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on June 20, 2010, 12:46 PM report to moderator
4481 Points

Yay, cool!

Posted by Smitch on June 20, 2010, 08:53 PM report to moderator
889 Points

Wow! may Allah continue to bless her. Clearly she was the one meant to win a trip to meet JK R and have a book signed by her because like JKR She is very charitable (as well as the others helping her and who have done it before). I hope she is very successful with the auction. It’s a great thing she is doing.

Posted by molly43 on June 20, 2010, 09:55 PM report to moderator
3777 Points

super super generous

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on June 21, 2010, 01:03 AM report to moderator
234 Points

God, I love our fandom, although I can’t help but feel green with envy towards everyone that has the money for these things.

Posted by Finny on June 21, 2010, 12:38 PM report to moderator
835 Points

I think what they are doing is wonderful and for a good charity too. Too bad I won’t be able to bid, that’s more money than I have to spend on HP items. Still it would be cool to own.

Posted by Gryffindor Cutie on June 21, 2010, 04:58 PM report to moderator
256 Points

wow that’s so awesome, its great to see when people do something for others instead of being selfish

Posted by WolfyWizard on June 21, 2010, 05:58 PM report to moderator
3777 Points

i dont think i would part with those books for anything but thats why im a jerk and shelby is not

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on June 21, 2010, 08:18 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

How nice!

Posted by Won_Two on June 22, 2010, 12:03 AM report to moderator
51 Points

An amazing way for Potter fans to give back to their peers, children in need of schools and such. Amazing. <3

Posted by Noelle on June 22, 2010, 03:31 AM report to moderator
234 Points

wowhhh,,,that’s great…

Posted by tjerriam on June 22, 2010, 10:03 AM report to moderator
1317 Points

The Potter fans are every bit as generous as Jo is and that is saying something! The young people of today do us so proud with their selfless giving! Wish I could afford to bid but there you go – hope someone who loves Harry as much as we do wins!!!!!

Posted by hewy on June 22, 2010, 04:40 PM report to moderator
90 Points

It would be wonderful to own one of these !

Posted by HPIsLegit on June 22, 2010, 10:58 PM report to moderator
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