Man Called Harry Potter Has Spent 25 Years Convincing People It's His Real Name
A dad-of-three says he's had to spend the last 25 years trying to convince people that his name really is the same as the world-renowned fictional boy wizard, Harry Potter.
33-year-old, err, Harry Potter, whose from Waterlooville, Hampshire said he'd been disciplined in football games and even been called a liar by his future wife after telling them his name.
"People just don't believe me," he said.
"When I was a young footballer, a referee threatened me with a red card for saying my name was Harry Potter.
"When I met my wife Philippa on holiday in Greece, she didn't believe me either.
"People think it's a wind-up. I've had the mick taken out of me over the years but you get used to it."
Harry says that sharing a famous fictional namesake has also had its pros, with it leading to him being invited onto The Big Breakfast TV show as a kid - where he got to meet stars like Ben Stiller and Gwen Stefani.
"When I was 12 and the first Potter film was released, we were invited to be family of the week on The Big Breakfast TV show" he recalled.
"I met lots of stars including Gwen Stefani and Ben Stiller."
Harry works in complaints but said his name sometimes means that work could be difficult.
"When you ring someone up and they ask your name they usually dissolve into laughter or say 'you're joking'" he said.
"It makes making a complaint quite difficult."
However, he looks set to have the last laugh as a rare copy of the first Harry Potter book that he owns is set to earn him up to £30,000 ($40,980) at auction.
Harry was bought the book by his dad after he'd spotted the namesake - and it turns out that hardback copy was one of only 500 made in the first print run of the novel which was released in June 1997.
Following his dad's death from cancer in 2017, he kept the rare book in a sandwich bag under the stairs at his home. However, he's now selling the precious book to raise money to scatter his dad's ashes in Africa which was his final wish.
It will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on October 7 with a guide price of £20,000-£30,000.
He will also share proceeds from the sale of the book with his sister Katie Sign, who said: "Our dad passed away at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer in October 2017, and we love and miss him dearly."
Shortly after his death, the pair realised their original copy of the book was a sought-after first edition copy and, although initially not being interesting in selling, they ultimately decided the proceeds could be put to a good cause.
"We knew rare first editions were selling for tens of thousands of pounds. It wasn't any longer something we could enjoy, or love, without fear of damaging it" Katie said.
"With the proceeds from the sale, we would like to take dad's ashes to Africa, the place he asked to finally rest, where we can make new and fantastic memories with our own children and families."
Harry added: "We think now's the time to use the money to benefit our families and do something dad wanted."