We all know that when it comes to Harry Potter, fans are pretty freaking passionate about the Boy Who Lived. That’s why there have been so many films, theme parks, Bertie Bott’s Beans and Chocolate Frogs dedicated to the subject over the years. It’s also why author JK Rowling is pretty much akin to a rock god–perhaps even a God god– at this point.
So it should come as no real surprise to anyone that one fan bought one of JK Rowling’s ratty old chairs for a whopping $394,000 US at a recent auction. Mind you this wasn’t just any ratty old chair, it’s the very same one that Rowling sat on to write the first two Harry Potter books.
You see, back in the day when the writer was a mere scribe and not a mega-millionaire, she was a single mom who had four mismatched, donated dining room chairs. This was the most comfortable one, and it’s where the magic was made, so to speak.
Now it’s slightly fancier thanks to some paint and an inscribed poem. On the back it reads:
You may not
find me pretty
but don’t judge
on what you see.
Flip the thing over to the bottom and you’ll see the rest of the prose:
on this chair.
Cute. And an obvious keepsake for any fan of the books or literature in general really, given how inspiring Rowling’s real life story is. It’s probably also a great place to sit and get your creative juices flowing. After all, the author did come up with the likes of Hagrid, the Chamber of Secrets and Moaning Myrtle in that same spot.
As it turns out, this isn’t the first time the chair has sold either. When it was originally auctioned off in 2012 it sold for $21,000 US. Gerald Gray, who purchased it at the time, says that he’s taking 10 per cent of the $394,000 price on the auction this time around to Rowling’s charity Lumos. Not a bad donation.
“My nostalgic side is quite sad to see it go but my back isn’t,” Rowling wrote to the new, anonymous owner.
We’re sad too. Here’s hoping there’s even more Harry Potter goodness in our near futures.