Even if you are not a rare book collector, you may have a very famous novel in your personal library that you can resell for money. more than 2 thousand euros. The volume in question is none other than Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonethe first chapter of the saga of the most famous magician of the new millennium.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonewhat is the first edition worth
It seems difficult to believe that you can earn up to € 2,100 per Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, since the book can also be easily purchased online at a much more reasonable price. But the copy that is worth so much is the first edition whose cover has a very special story.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone it was released in England in 1997 with the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, for Bloomsbury, the only one who trusted the then unknown writer, JK Rowling who had had the door slammed in her face by at least 11 other publishing houses before being able to publish her novel. The following year, in 1998, Salani bought the rights for Italy. It was the beginning of a worldwide success that is still unstoppable today.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonethe details that make the price soar
The first Italian edition of the first book dedicated to Harry Potter – the entire saga consists of 7 volumes, all edited by Salani, published between 1998 and 2008 – has a particular hard cover different from the following ones. This is why it is highly sought after and Rowling’s most die-hard fans are willing to spend too 2,100 euros to get it.
Let’s see in detail the particularities of this cover. First, the name of the author. We are used to seeing it published with only the initials of the name, JK Rowling. But in the first edition it appears in full, Joanne K. Rowling. The writer explained in an interview that the choice to use only the dotted figures was born from the belief that the books would sell more if it were believed that the author was a man rather than a woman. So it was a pure marketing strategy.
Second special element: on the cover of the first Italian edition Harry Potter is depicted, but it is without its round glasses, an object that has become a distinctive feature of the character and highly sought after by all the kids in the world who want to look like their hero. There is even a song dedicated to the boy wizard which is called precisely Round glasses.
These peculiarities, which may seem almost irrelevant, make the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone unique and therefore worthy of being collected and sold for a price that touches 2,100 euros.
Harry Potterthe books in order of publication
As mentioned, the Harry Potter saga consists of 7 volumes, these are the titles in order of publication: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , Harry Potter and the halfblood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Eight films were made from the books, one more than the novels because the last one was divided into two episodes, which had exorbitant success. The myth of Harry Potter and his wizarding world continue to live on through the spin offs, namely the fantasy series Fantastic beastsalso written by Rowling directly for the cinema.
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