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A chance encounter with the writer 23 years ago brought the retired school librarian much luck. In 1999 Janet Tuckwell was working at Millfield Preparatory School in Glastonbury when she got a call from a bookstore in Wells, Somerset. Tuckwell, who now lives near Bristol, said they got a call saying a children’s book author was coming to the shop and they wanted students to come too. He gladly accepted the invitation and took a sixth grader of 10 and 11 years old to the store with an English teacher. The children’s author turned out to be JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. The woman reveals that her books were popular at the time, but the Potter phenomenon had not yet spread around the world.

“He was brilliant with the students. I remember being very impressed by her commitment and the way she handled the children’s questions. If they asked about books, he would always point to a letter or plot line to make sure they had read it. He was very thorough and professional. I took a picture of him with the students and he signed I have two books. They’ve been gathering dust on the bookshelf for over 20 years, but after reading an article about how well-searched Potter books are, I decided to contact the auction house.” – Tell. It turned out to be such a good idea that Jim Spencer, a book expert at the auction house, estimated Janet’s autographed books at £ 1,500-2,000 (about 600-900 thousand forints).

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