Friday, 18 January 2008

Harry Potter to the rescue

Wizard Harry Potter has ridden to the rescue of Portobello Rugby Club.

Sadly the Edinburgh club has not appointed the multi-talented Potter to a role on the coaching staff and will not be employing a variety of set moves from the the Quidditch play book. Instead author JK Rowling has donated a set of seven signed Harry Potter books which have been auctioned to raise funds for the club, whose clubhouse was burned down by vandals last year.

Experts had predicted that the books would sell for around £3,000 when they went under the hammer at the Lyon and Turnbill rare books and manuscripts sale this week , but in fact the club were delighted to raise a whopping £5,800. Not quite the £1.95m Rowling raised for a children's charity last year with the Sothebys sale of a handwritten volume of five stories, but I'm sure it was nevertheless very welcome.

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