The most beloved wizard in the world’s story turned 20 this year. Another fun fact: “The first printing of the first edition of the British version of the initial Harry Potter novel was the result of an extremely small press run on June 26, 1997, by Bloomsbury in England.” (pg. 7) A mere 500 books are what it took to create an empire and make J.K. Rowling a household name. If you are lucky (wildly lucky?) and own a copy of the very first edition, you are in possession of something worth around 40,000 dollars at auction. This entry is the beginning of a well thought out and meticulously researched book. Inside are snippets and fun facts about the editions, author, and its characters. This book is set apart from competitors because of all the fun and engaging backstories. They are almost more interesting than the curated value of the object is. Eric Bradley has put together more than a simple collectibles book for us muggles to peruse. He had me more interested in the facts than the prices, but the value of some objects are mind-blowing. Collectible books can be as dry as day-old toast, but this book was fun from beginning to end. If I were you I’d grab a first edition copy, someday this book is going to be worth some coin!
“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
– J.K. Rowling (pg. 6)
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.