Muggles still waiting to receive their letter from Hogwarts will soon have a chance to buy the next best thing: the Hogwarts acceptance letter that appears in the first installment of the Harry Potter film franchise. The parcel is part of a handful of Harry Potter props set to be auctioned off by the Prop Store in London on September 26.
In 2011 film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry, played by a young Daniel Radcliffe, receives an avalanche of Hogwarts acceptance letters delivered to his cupboard under the stairs at number 4 Privet Drive. The prop going up for bid is the real letter that Radcliffe is seen holding in the movie. The feature that distinguishes it from the other prop letters used on set is its red wax seal, which has fragmented over the years. The envelope itself is made from marble-effect paper and has Harry’s address written in green ink on the front and the Hogwarts crest stamped on the back.
The letter will be joined by other Harry Potter collector’s items at the Prop Store’s upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction at the BFI IMAX in London: Ron’s howler letter from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter crew apparel autographed by Daniel Radcliffe, and a signed crew gift poster from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).
The Hogwarts letter is listed for a starting bid of £1500 ($1960) and is expected to sell for between £3000 and £5000 ($3930 and $6550). Fans and prospective buyers who wish to see the item in person can find it at the free preview exhibition at Waterloo's BFI IMAX from September 7 to September 26.