Its been 19 years since Harry Potter started school at Hogwarts School at Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the term begun at September 1. The sealed envelope which Harry received containing his acceptance letter from the Hogwarts School in the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone was auctioned off for £36600 in US.
When the auctioning started it happened to be a big day for Potterheads all over the world who felt even the “muggles” could be a part of the magical world they always dreamt to be a part of. The sum of money looks meagre for a hardcore Harry Potter fan who can boast of owning the original prop envelop. For those who grew up waiting eagerly for their Hogwarts letter to arrive, this piece of the film paraphernalia would have been priceless.
The envelope bore a crest of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was addressed to the boy wizard. It is that very letter which the young actor, Daniel Radcliffe first discovered in the post, kicking off his fateful journey into the joys, wonders and perils of the wizard world. This envelope was the one used in the scene where the owl post inundated the Dursley family’s household with letters informing Harry Potter of his acceptance in Hogwarts.
The envelope was made out from “marble effect” paper and had Potter’s address encarved in Hogwart’s signature emerald green on the front of the envelope as follows-
The cupboard under the stairs,
4 Private Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey.
On the back of the envelope rests the crest of the school. The seal is the “real red-wax Hogwarts seal”. That seal is what sets this particular letter apart from the others used on set. Although according to the present description, the seal has cracked and two small fragments are missing but the crest remains identifiable unlike the many printed versions used in the scene.
The production team used several printed versions of the letter in all the eight series. But the real one was used in the first movie only. According to the Prop Store Auction the envelope remains sealed and seems to have letters contained within.
The 13×18×0.5 centimetres of envelop is accompanied by a letter of donation from the Warner brothers.
There were a few other items of Harry Potter film memorabilia also up for grabs, including the Howler’s Rupert Grint’s Ron Weasley receives in Chamber of Secrets and some autographed posters.
The starting bid was £1500 ranging till £1957 and the sellers wanted more in the range of $4000. Online bidding was open till September 26, in London. Atlast it was auctioned off at £36600.