Turns out, Drake is a huge fan of Harry Potter, just like so many of us. But unlike most of us Potterheads, Drake is thinking about buying himself a $160,000 Harry Potter book. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Drake spoke about his decision to focus on new film and television projects, but apparently got notably excited when talking about his obsession with the much beloved J.K. Rowling novels.
Although he kept tight lipped about the specifics of a few projects he's currently shopping to different distributors, Drake was "eager" to talk about Harry Potter with THR writer Tatiana Siegel. "Yeah, I read them all," he said of the books with a smile. Drake loves the novels so much that according to THR he is considering buying himself a first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (the first book in the fantasy series, and Rowling's debut novel), which recently hit the market with a price tag of $160,000. Drake has reportedly been "chasing" the book for four years.
That may seem like a lot of money to you and I, but remember, this is Drake we're talking about. According to Forbes, Drake made about $38 million in 2016, so he can definitely afford the high-price Harry Potter book. While talking about the book with THR, he decided maybe he'd buy it for himself as a birthday present. "I should get it," he told Siegel. "My birthday's coming up. Maybe I'll buy it for myself as a treat."
Drake's birthday was October 24, and THR's article was published on November 8, so clearly the interview took place a few weeks ago. No word on whether or not Drake actually purchased the book yet or if he's still considering it, but it's pretty cool to think that Drake is such a fan of Harry Potter that he would consider dropping that much money on a first edition novel.
It was reported on September 22, that a first edition copy of Harry Potter had sold in Dallas, Texas for a little over $80,000. According to The Independent it was one of 500 published in 1997. Could that have been the novel that Drake was talking about? If so it seems he could have gotten the book for only half of what he'd anticipated! (Bustle has reached out to representatives for Drake to see if he ended up purchasing a book, but has not yet received a response.)
Fans of Drake on Twitter were obviously excited by how much the singer seems like a major Potterhead. I mean, rich or not, it says something about a person when the main thing they want for their birthday is something having to do with Harry Potter. "Drake's obsession with Harry Potter is all I care about today," one person tweeted. "Legends only," another user on Twitter said.
A number of people also shared the excerpt from the THR article where Drake questioned Siegel about Harry Potter after the writer mentioned she was reading the books to her children. He does certainly seem to be a legit Harry Potter fan.
Although this is the first time he's spoken about wanting to spend a sizable amount of money on a Harry Potter book, this definitely is not the first time Drake has hinted at his fandom. Back in 2014 a meme emerged of Drake's face on Draco Malfoy's body, and Drake himself even got in on the Drake-o Malfoy trend when he shared the pic to his on Instagram account.
The "Hotline Bling" singer also dropped a Potter reference during a music stars edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Mean Tweets" segment.
So, for some Drake fans it might not come as a surprise that he's interested in Harry Potter, but if it does surprise you then the singer is probably happy about it. Towards the end of their article, THR notes that Drake is "happy to shatter" preconceived expectations about him. "Being a young black guy, I think there's definitely the chance to get typecast," Drake explained. "But I also have been pretty adamant about showing range." Indeed, as Drake himself mentions, he's shown us he can be funny when he's hosted Saturday Night Live. And let's not forget he was one of the stars of Degrassi all those years ago.
"I want to do things that make people go, 'Wow, I didn't expect that,'" Drake told THR. He also made note of Seigel's reaction when he revealed his interested in Harry Potter, and said, "Like, it's nice to hear you say, 'You know, I didn't expect you to like those things.'"
It's awesome that Drake is encouraged by surprising people, and I'm sure many of us fans will continue to be surprised by the performer as he shifts his career focus to acting for a while.