An 800-word prequel to the Harry Potter series written on the front and back of an A5-sized postcard by J.K. Rowling has been stolen from its owner. The owner purchased the unique piece of Potter literature in 2008 for £25,000 at a charity auction benefiting Enlgish PEN. The theft, which seems to be incidental to a burglary of other valuables kept in the victim’s safes, occurred in Birmingham, UK, between April 13 and 24.
Since the theft was announced by West Midlands Police earlier today, J.K. Rowling has asked that people do not purchase the manuscript. The owner of the manuscript said his biggest fear is that opportunistic thieves will be more interested in the jewelry and other valuables stolen and will not realize the value of the small postcard, possibly discarding it as trash.