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We've all got a list of things we keep meaning to eBay "as soon as we find time" (which means not while this episode of Don't Tell The Bride is on).

But Harry Potter fans should make time to check their bookshelves as they might be sitting on a goldmine.

Author Philip W Errington has published a new book called J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013, in which he includes a chart revealing how much early editions of her works are worth.

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Phillips's book uses info from his time working at auction house Sotheby's where they regularly sell on works by Rowling. And the real money-maker is book one; Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

But before you start raiding charity shops buying up tattered copies, it seems it's only hardback copies of the first book, published by Bloomsbury and bearing a picture of Harry Potter standing next to the Hogwarts Express on the front cover, that could earn you big bucks.

This copy has "significant commercial value", according to Phillip. While the softback version also has "some commercial value," which doesn't sound as exciting in terms of Topshop spends.

Similarly, the hardback version of book two (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) featuring an illustration of Harry and Ron in the flying car on the cover could seriously improve your bank balance.

So it's worth checking your bookshelf (or possibly your parents' attic) as you might be in for an extra bit of cash. That's if you can bear to part with them, that is.

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