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A MAN who found an ultra-rare first edition Harry Potter book at a charity shop in a "moment of magic" has sold it for £4,000.

The well-read copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was donated in a bag full of books to an Oxfam in Harrogate, North Yorks.

2James Smith, 55, found the ultra-rare copy while sorting through a bag of booksCredit: BNPS 2And his lucky find proved worthwhile as he auctioned it off for a whopping £4,000Credit: BNPS

But when manager James Smith started sorting through them, he quickly realised the rare first edition copy was inside.

James, 55, noticed the different quote on the black band at the bottom of the front cover.

Most copies of the book declare it as 'Triple Smarties Gold Award Winner' but the first edition paperback contained a short review from author Wendy Cooling instead.

Inside, James found the famous novel contained the same "typo"' errors that appear in all first edition copies.

One of the mistakes appears on page 53 in the shopping list for new students at Hogwarts. The requirement of "one wand" is repeated twice.

The word "philosopher's" was also misspelt on the back cover while the majority of the first editions were printed as hardbacks.

This copy had clearly been very well-read and it is one of the first editions that were given to schools, libraries and Rowling's friends in 1997.

James has worked at the Oxfam's book shop for nearly seven years and seen hundreds of Harry Potter books but was stunned to come across the rare copy.

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He said: "We get bags and bags of books every day and usually we get a good few Harry Potter books.

"I just thought that something looked a bit different about this one and when I looked closer I realised the black banner at the bottom of the front cover was different.

"I started matching up errors inside with the ones that I could find online and got more excited.

"The happier I got the more the doubt started to creep in and I had to check all the signs again.

"It is easily the best book I have ever found and I'll be checking all of the Harry Potter books in future."

James said they had no idea who the person was who donated the bag of books with them.

The book went under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers of Leyburn, North Yorks.

Auctioneer Jeremy Pattinson said: "It was very lucky to spot one of these paperback first editions amongst the thousands of books that come into charity shops like that.

"Harry Potter has been a central figure in childhood imagination for the last 25 years, and the excitement of a new Harry Potter book coming out will surely be very fond memories for many.

"First editions like this always attract good levels of interest and this is a great result for the charity."

Tips for selling at an auction

Consider which auctioneer to use

You should spend time looking at which auctioneer to use. Look at their recently sold auction items and the prices they’ve achieved.

See if there are any items similar to the one you are selling and request a valuation.

Get an auction appraisal

Try and find an expert to get a price quote, if you get a few people to value it make sure one is an auctioneer.

Sellers could potentially achieve a higher price via auction than selling outright by consulting an auction expert.

Maximise your item appeal

Before delivering your items, it’s a good idea to clean them up as best you can to boost their visual appeal.

As hundred of items might be sold at any single auction, it’s vital they look at their very best to help them get noticed and pique interest.

Let them do the work

After registering with an auction house and dropping of your sales, you can relax and let the auctioneers do the work.

You will be able to enjoy the sale instead of scrabbling to secure a buyer.

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Finance pro, 26, reveals four grocery shopping hacks to save money every week - and the best time to shop

Australian finance guru Queenie Tan has shared four tips to save you money on groceries this festive season. 

The 26-year-old from Sydney shared a video on Instagram with her 114,000 followers and was praised by hundreds. 

In the clip, Queenie browsed the aisles of her local Coles supermarket and listed the money-saving 'hacks' - including choosing your weekly meal plan based on discounted items and activating bonus offers using the Flybuys app. 

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Queenie Tan (pictured) shared how to save money on groceries every time you shop. The 26-year-old from Sydney revealed the tips in an Instagram video 

First Queenie suggested planning your weekly meals based on what's on special at the supermarket. 'Build your meal plan based on what's on sale or bonus points offers. Select discounted items that you can easily use in multiple recipes,' she said

First Queenie suggested planning your weekly meals based on what's on special at the supermarket.

'Build your meal plan based on what's on sale or bonus points offers,' she said. 

'Select discounted items that you can easily use in multiple recipes.' 

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At Coles Queenie claims customers can ask for a rain check if a sale item has run out of stock. Customers can also download Flybuys app to activate and receive 'bonus offers' on your shop at Coles

At Coles Queenie claims customers can ask for a rain check if a sale item has run out of stock. 

'Don't worry if a discounted item you want to buy is out of stock, because you can ask for a rain check,' she said. 

'So when that item is back in stock you can purchase it for the discounted price up to 30 days later.'

Customers can also download Flybuys app to activate and receive 'bonus offers' on your shop at Coles. 

This way when a certain amount of points have been collected, customers can receive a discount on their groceries.

For a limited time Coles customers can also receive two red wine glasses for free in exchange for 36 Flybuys credits or 18 credits plus $18.

How to save money on groceries: Queenie Tan shares top tips

1. Build your meal plan based on what's on sale or bonus points offers.

2. Select discounted items that you can easily use in multiple recipes

3. Ask a staff member of a rain check if a discounted item is out of stock  

4. Download the Flybuys app so you can activate bonus points offers while you shop

5. For a limited time shoppers can also earn credits to redeem for collectable glassware at Coles

The tips were praised by others on Instagram and many seemed surprised that customers are able to ask for a rain check. 

'Since when can you rain check at the supermarket?!' one person wrote, another asked: 'How do you get the rain check voucher?'

Queenie said all you need to do is ask a staff member. 

Another person said: 'Yes! I love flybuys. I was able to get an Apple Watch Series 7 just through points!'  

The best time to grocery shop at supermarkets:

In the morning - shoppers can save between 10 and 20% off goods about to expire

Before dinner - shoppers can save up to 50% off goods about to expire

Just before the store closes - shoppers can save up to 90% off goods about to expire 

* Markdowns are determined based on store policies and times and may vary

It follows after a Coles customer decided to change her shopping routine and claimed to have bought $205.50 worth of groceries for just $3.60.

Anne, from Queensland, visited her local supermarket at 8pm on a Wednesday and shared an image online of the 'bargain bonanza' food haul, which included 10c wraps, chopped fruit and milk.

'Best haul for ages,' she captioned the social media post.

The following day after visiting Coles again, Anne announced she is permanently changing her shopping schedule to 8pm in order to score further markdowns.

It comes after shopper Anne, from Queensland, visited her local Coles at 8pm on a Wednesday and shared an image online of the 'bargain bonanza' food haul, which included 10c wraps, chopped fruit and milk (pictured) 

The following day she came across 'another crazy markdown bonanza' with nothing exceeding 10c besides a 10kg bag of rice and bread mix for just 50c each

Anne came across 'another crazy markdown bonanza' with nothing exceeding 10c besides a 10kg bag of rice and bread mix for just 50c each.

She shared images of the buys, including pairs of socks and pet food for a mere 10c each.

The social media post caused a buzz online among customers who were keen to try shopping at a later hour too for the best discounts.

'10c for the socks! That's crazy!' one person wrote, another added: 'You scored big time.'

Another said: 'Wow wish I had a Coles near me. They seem to have better markdowns than Woolies.'

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