Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Harry Potter: The covers

Harry Potter is unarguably one of the most, if not the most, successful children's book series of all time. It is common knowledge that JK Rowling was the first author to become a billionaire from writing (she has since given a way a large chuck of that is now a millionaire) but what is also common knowledge is that JK Rowling wrote a world that children and adults alike that they could let their imaginations sore and escape into the most wondrous world imaginable. The books have spun an eight film series that has made billions of pounds as well as a theme park and a successful studio tour, whilst the books and films have finished, the story lives on.

But you knew that already, of course, what I want to look at today and hopefully I will continue doing this with other books is looking at their covers both in the UK and the USA. They say we should never judge a book by its cover but that is the primary thing that the book is marketed by and the first thing to bring the book to the attention of the reader.

Because there have been so many covers I will just show you the first in the series, which in this case is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

All of the release dates were taken from Goodreads so apologies if they are wrong. 

I currently own the complete set of the original covers (1997), complete set of the signature collection in the box set (2010) and the American original cover of the first book (1999) as well as a Welsh edition with the same cover as the 1997 one. However, I really want the American new box set (2013) because they are just beautiful and I love the illustrations and also I think I may get the new British covers as well (2014) but who knows.
It's totally okay to have more than one copy of your favourite books!

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