(Thank you to Scholastic, Bloomsbury, and Juniper Books for providing me with some of these copies and/or a generous discount).
Today marks the birthdays of Harry Potter and JK Rowling during the 20th anniversary year of the first book, so it’s just all sorts of significant. To say that the Harry Potter books were a “big part” of my childhood feels like a massive understatement… in many ways they were my childhood.
Such a huge part of our generation grew up at Hogwarts that it feels less like a fictional world and more like a shared experience to me. It’s a story we all have in common and can use to connect no matter what our background. I’m not sure that some older adults really get this because I’m often asked when I’ll be done with this “phase” (despite it lasting for most of my life). So my short answer is: never. These books have gotten me through challenging times and introduced me to some amazing people.
There have been so many gorgeous editions of the Harry Potter books published over the past 20 years that I wanted to share some of my favorites! The title of each set is also a link to where you can find more information:
1. Paperbacks of the original US covers
2. Special edition set (with Hogwarts on the spines)
3. The new UK hardcover set with sparkly stars
These are some of my favorites because the cover art is AMAZING. I found a couple of these as dent/scratch books on Book Outlet and then my first two books are actually in Latin. So it’s a mixed set, but still just as pretty! The ISBN number is 1408856786.
4. UK “Adult” set with pretty covers (can you tell I’m making these titles up)
Excuse my horrible pictures, but I promise this set really is GORGEOUS. I linked to one of the hardcovers in the title and then you can find a similar paperback set with slightly different covers here. The ISBN for the hardcover of the first book is 9781408865279 and the paperback set is 1408850753.
5. Juniper Books Ravenclaw edition
Juniper Books sells an edition for each of the Hogwarts houses and you can buy just the covers separately to fit a whole bunch of international hardcovers! Mine are on my original US hardcover set (which I forgot to get pictures of, so there’s another edition).
6. Some other UK adult edition with black covers
I only have the last two books because I found them on Book Outlet. Here’s the full boxed set and then you can find a similar paperback set here!
7. Illustrated editions!!!
8. Ravenclaw 20th Anniversary edition
All four houses look really neat together and there are paperback versions for each house as well. The ISBN is 9781408883785.
9. Gift edition with foil slipcase
I LOVE these slipcase special edition books so much and was thrilled to get a copy of the third book! The ISBN is 9781408869130.
10. Juniper Books Hedwig Edition
Ok, here’s yet another gorgeous edition from Juniper Books. They seriously make the most incredible sets. I wish my lighting was better, but you can bet I’ll be posting more of these on instagram this year!
11. My original set
I didn’t get a picture of my original battered US hardcover set because they’re under some one of the Juniper Books jackets. Those will always be a favorite because they’ve been with me for so long. I’m quite grateful to everyone who’s sent me these amazing editions and can’t wait to see what the illustrated third book looks like this fall!