A woman named Wendy appeared on the latest episode of Antiques Roadshow where she decided to let expert Justin Croft take a look at her two signed Harry Potter books.
A woman who appeared on the latest episode of Antiques Roadshow was stunned when she discovered the value of her Harry Potter books.
The latest episode of the BBC One show saw presenter Fiona Bruce head to Edinburgh Botanic Gardens as guests brought in their antiques and heirlooms.
One lady in particular named Helen decided to have an expert take a look at her two Harry Potter books – the Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets.
The first book was in very poor condition, with expert Justin Croft telling it: “So a typical traveling conversation might start with me saying, ‘oh thank you so much for bringing them’, and saying something about the condition and saying how wonderfully you kept them, but I really can’t say that here!
“I mean, these are probably the worst conditions I’ve seen on tour,” he added as Helen laughed.
She then revealed that she received one of the books from her stocking at Christmas and was also passed on to her siblings.
Both books were signed by author JK Rowling when she attended the Edinburgh Book Festival, and Justin was keen to watch the entries.
As Justin read them and mentioned that one of the books was a first edition, it was clear that Helen still wasn’t expecting his review.
The first book, he says, could be worth around £1,000 or £1,500 and the second, he says, could fetch between £3,000 and £3,500.
“Wow! That’s amazing, thank you so much,” Wendy replied, looking rather stunned.
However, some viewers tuning in at home weren’t too impressed and took to Twitter for comment.
“I love Harry Potter but it’s the #antiquesroadshow, the clue is in ‘antiques’,” one viewer said.
Another tweeted: ‘Harry Potter books are not antiques’, and a third called the books ‘shabby’.
Another stunned viewer posted, “I can’t believe how precious the signed Harry Potter books are. Amazing.”
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.