The wizarding world that Harry Potter and Co. occupy has long been one that has fascinated readers and moviegoers alike. Since the 1997 debut of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," which was the original name given to J.K. Rowling's first novel, the magical universe has developed a devoted fanbase that is not afraid to pay high prices in order to obtain certain collectibles at auction.

According to, an original set of seven hardcover "Harry Potter" books sold for a "whopping" $26,250. The high price was likely dictated not only by the fact that they were original, but also because the first four out of the seven books included were signed by Rowling herself.

The pricey assortment contained the first American printings of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Chamber of Secrets," "Prisoner of Azkaban," "Goblet of Fire," "Order of the Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince," and "Deathly Hallows."

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This auction would not mark the first time that a book from the series has sold for quite a bit of money. Earlier this month, CNN reported that a copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" with two typos sold for approximately $34,500 at action. This particular book was so expensive due to the fact that it was a first edition, which made it one of only 500 copies to ever exist. While the buyer remained anonymous, they are said to be a private collector in the UK.

Additionally, earlier this month, a 103-piece set of Pokémon cards sold at auction for over $100,000, so it certainly seems as though '90s nostalgia has developed a loyal following that will continue to pay high prices for vintage items.

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Customers stand next to "Harry Potter" books at a bookstore in Beijing on Aug. 16, 2007. REUTERS/David Gray