It’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book came out, but fans would still do almost anything to own an authentic piece of Potter memorabilia. But if you’re offered a one-of-a-kind prequel story to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, no matter how tempting, do not buy it — J.K. Rowling herself is begging you.
The famous author took to Twitter on Friday to ask her fans and followers not to purchase the prequel, because it was recently stolen from the home of its rightful owner. The prequel was handwritten on both sides of a postcard and auctioned off for charity in 2008. “PLEASE DON’T BUY THIS IF YOU’RE OFFERED IT. Originally auctioned for @englishpen, the owner supported writers’ freedoms by bidding for it,” J.K. added to a retweet of a series of tweets about the crime from the West Midlands, England, police department.
According to a press release from the West Midlands Police, the postcard was stolen along with some jewelry from a Kings Heath home sometime between April 13 to April 24. “The only people who will buy this unique piece are true Harry Potter fans. We are appealing to anyone who sees or is offered this item for sale to contact police,” investigating officer PC Paul Jauncey said in the release.
Rowling wrote the story almost 10 years ago to raise money for English PEN, an organization that works “to defend writers and readers in the U.K. and around the world whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk,” according to the organization’s website. The 800-word story describes an encounter James Potter and Sirius Black had with Muggle police and involved Sirius’ magical flying motorcycle (#tbt). It sold for 25,000 pounds (more than $32,000) at an auction that took place in London about a year after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — the last book in the world-famous series — was published, according to BBC News. So here’s your chance to be a Harry-esque hero, Potterheads! Keep an eye out for the stolen manuscript and report it to police immediately if you find it — no matter how willing you are to empty your Gringotts vault to buy it.