12 September, 2016

The Harry Potter franchise has been taking the world by storm for almost 20 years and shows no sign of stopping with certain editions of the books valued at up to £20,000.

Since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first released in 1997, there have been another 6 books, a film franchise that has made over £5.5 billion at the box office and, attractions in Orlando and London.

Harry Potter shows now sign of slowing down with demand for collectables still high despite the last book being published in 2007, this is down to several factors such as; JK Rowling’s high-profile, her other book releases and the blockbuster film series.

A new 2 part west end play entitled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released in 2016, written by playwright, Jack Thorne but based on an original new story by Thorne, JK Rowling and John Tiffany. Reviews for the production itself were highly positive and the book of the script has been nominated for the Holden-Crowther Book Award 2016.

Hardcover first edition, first print copies of the The Philosopher’s Stone are a real goldmine for collectors with prices ranging from $40,000-55,000 on online bookstore AbeBooks. These editions are identified by possessing the print line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and rarely, the crediting of “Joanne Rowling” not the now world-famous JK.

A key characteristic of these copies is a famous typo on page 53, the repetition of “1 wand” on the list of items Harry is required to purchase for school at Hogwarts. Later editions including the typo are in circulation but the first impressions hold higher value and command much higher prices.

A copy is due to appear at Bonham’s Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on November 9th and the book is estimated to bring in around £15,000-20,000 however, due to the rarity of such an item, some experts expect this may even exceed this.

If you’re scrambling around to find whether your edition may be worth a small fortune then the most basic signifiers that the book is one of the coveted first impression are the book being printing in the UK and a Bloomsbury publication date of 1997.

Check out AbeBooks’ guide to Harry Potter books for a more detailed insight into their worth, http://www.abebooks.co.uk/docs/harry-potter/hp-collecting-guide.shtml?afn_sr=CJ&cm_ven=aff&cm_ite=cj

Valuable Harry Botter book collection
Harry Potter book page mistake online auction