These Valuable Harry Potter Books Would be a Magical Addition to any Collection!
While we patiently wait for our owl to arrive from Hogwarts, we’ll just catch up on some “light” Harry Potter reading and double check our Diagon Alley shopping lists! The literary world of Harry Potter is rich in imagination — and might just make you rich if you happen to have gotten your hands on some very specific editions! We’ve searched our home libraries high and low for the Harry Potter tomes that could show us the money, but all of our copies are too well-loved and widely available to be valuable. But! You never know! Perhaps you’ll be making a trip to Gringotts to store your new found riches — if you’ve managed to acquire any of these five stunning volumes and sets!
5. Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey (Collector’s Edition)
You won’t quite have to empty your vault at Gringotts, but this special Collector’s Edition of Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey will cost you more than a pretty golden Galleon and a few silver Sickles. At almost $1,500 in Muggle money, it’s a heck of a lot more than a library membership! The Collector’s Edition contains not one, not four, but EIGHT volumes of stunning artwork and stories narrating the making of the Harry Potter films. There’s even the iconic Monster Book of Monsters (watch your fingers). This gorgeous set is a must-have for anyone interested in a behind the scenes peek of the movies and an in-depth look into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There were only 3,000 sets ever made, so you’ll have to scoop one up faster than a snitch can fly if you want to add this stunning set to your collection!
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Don’t panic, but you might have let a considerable sum of money slip through your Muggle fingers! If you were ahead of the literary curve in 1998 and purchased a first edition of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (initially titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK), you might just have to make some room in your Gringotts vault. A first US edition goes for upwards of $6,500 if it’s it in mint condition. Our copies aren’t even in semi-decent condition –they’ve been read and dog-eared so much! How can you tell if you’ve got a prized first US edition? Well it’s so easy, even with just a quick glance a Muggle will know! Open your book to the copyright page, and it will say “First American edition, October 1998”!
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Misprint Edition
Much like He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, we barely dare to whisper the going price for a misprinted book. However, this is an incredibly rare and significant misprinted book — so we must! Only 500 hardcover copies of the first ever printing of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone had the misprint. The very teeny tiny insignificant typo appears on page 53 and lists a wand twice on Harry’s school supply list. The error is so small even a Niffler could miss it! You’ll have to spend a stunning $26,000 to add this magical mistake to your collection! If you’re lucky enough to find a first edition hard cover in mint condition — and it’s signed — well, that’s a whole different story. Exactly that book sold for a stupifying $140,000 in 2017.
2. Complete Set of Signed Harry Potter Deluxe Editions
Well, if we’re not as surprised as Moaning Myrtle was to see a basilisk in the girl’s bathroom! How much would you pay for a complete set of first edition Harry Potter books? What if it was a full deluxe set? What if it was a complete deluxe set signed by none other than the author herself? Go to Gringotts bank right now ask Griphook to open your vault, because you’re going to need $35,000 (that’s in US dollars, not golden Galleons).
1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Let’s be honest. When we heard how much this particular edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard sold for at a white-glove auction, we needed the Reviving Spell, Rennervate. It’s not every day that an item, let alone a book, retails for 3.98 MILLION dollars! This particular book is 157 pages handwritten and illustrated by the Potterverse queen herself, J.K. Rowling. With that price, the leather-bound and moonstone encrusted book of the Wizarding World’s fairytales will always only be a fairytale to many of us. Most of us will never have that sort of fortune to draw from. Rowling donated all profits from the sale to her charity, The Children’s Voice Campaign, because she’s an amazing Muggle.