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The Chair That J.K. Rowling Sat In While Writing "Harry Potter" Sold For $394,000

Enemies of the chair beware.

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UPDATE: The chair sold at auction on Wednesday for US$394,000.

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Ten percent of the profits from the anonymous sale will be donated to Rowling's children's charity, Lumos.

This is the chair, nay, the throne that Jo sat on while writing the first two Harry Potter books.

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It has on it a hand-painted message from our queen herself: "I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair."


The auction for the chair will be held this week, and has already recieved a starting bid over $65,000.

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It comes with this letter, which reads: “Dear new-owner-of-my-chair. I was given four mismatched dining room chairs in 1995 and this was the comfiest one, which is why it ended up stationed permanently in front of my typewriter, supporting me while I typed out Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. My nostalgic side is quite sad to see it go, but my back isn’t. J.K. Rowling.”