There’s a thief on the loose in Hogwarts.
In 2008, Rowling scripted an exclusive 800-word prequel to her coveted Harry Potter on a postcard, which prefaces the series three years before Harry was born with the escapades of Harry’s father, James Potter, and godfather Sirius Black in their teenage years. Met with the opposition of two muggle police officers, the pair is pursued in a motorcycle chase until they escape on broomsticks.
In the same year, Rowling auctioned off the coveted memorabilia at London auction house Sotheby to raise money for literacy efforts. The prequel would end up selling for 25,000 pounds (equivalent to $32,000) but has since been appraised for an estimated $77,000, reported Screen Rant.
According to the BBC, several items of jewelry were stolen along with the manuscript from a home in Birmingham, England. Since the burglary, Rowling herself has tapped the West Midlands Police Department and even implored the help of her Twitter following to track down the priceless keepsake.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 12, 2017
— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) May 12, 2017
As of late, the investigation is ongoing.