France

France is actually home to 3 different Potter translations, with French being the most obvious However, there's also the Breton language, which is quite interesting and found in the Brittany region of France and the Occitan language found in the Occitania region (Southern France area).

 

Breton

Harry Potter ha Maen ar Furien

Harry Potte Breton Philosopher' Stone Book 1

1st Edition translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by An Amzer in 2012. This translation is a lovely softcover doesn't have the usual vibrance of most of the other Potter books; honestly, to me this cover art resembles more of something having to do with Pirates. But, the book is lovely all the same AND a wonderful addition to Breton Literature.

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Title: Harry Potter ha Maen ar Furien
ISBN: 9782363120083
Translator: Mark Kerrain
Format: Softcover

Notes: Intestingly not as hard to find as expected given the small population of native speakers; only book published

Difficulty to Find Rating: 4, Somewhat Common

Harry Potter Breton Chamber of Secrets Book 2

Published in late 2017 by An Amzer, this book is very much welcomed edition the Breton Potter series. Word is that all 7 books are going to be published. Here's hoping! Despite being a minority language, the books (even book 1) aren't that uncommon and so show up from time-to-time on e-commerce websites (like eBay). 

Title:Harry Potter ha Kambr ar Sekredoù

ISBN: 9782363120533

Translator: Mark Kerrain

Format: Softcover

Notes: Just released; no hardcover books; only two Breton Potter books out right now.

Difficulty to Find Rating: 4, Somewhat Common

French

 
 
Harry Potter French 2nd Print 1st Edition Premovie Philosopher's Stone Ecole des Sorciers Book 1

1st Edition

1st Edition, early Print French translation of harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Gallimard.  This particular book features internal illustrations throughout that were taken out very early into the publishing history of this book. This book also has the pre-movie font, which makes it harder to find than the later print French Potter Stone books.

Title: Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers

ISBN: 9782070518425

Translator: Jean-François Ménard

Format: Pocket-Sized Softcover

Notes: Pre-Movie front font; only French books 1-3 have this font

Difficulty-to-Find Rating: 8, Hard

Click HERE to hear the 1st Paragraph of this book

Harry Potter French 2nd Print 1st Edition Premovie Philosopher's Stone Ecole des Sorcies Book 1
Harry Potter French 2nd Print 1st Edition Premovie Philosopher's Stone Ecole des Sorciers Book 1
Harry Potter French 2nd Print 1st Edition Premovie Philosopher's Stone Ecole des Sorciers Book 1
Harry Potter French Later Print Philosopher's Stone Ecole des Sorciers Book 1

1st Edition, later print translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Gallimard. This edition, like it's Occitan neighbor, has cartoon-like cover art. The book is small would be considered a pocket-sized edition.

Title: Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers
ISBN: 9782070518425
Translator: Jean-François Ménard
Format: Pocket-Sized Softcover

Notes: The French books have multiple covers (small and large editions), so some covers may be easier to find than others.

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2, Common

Notes: Only the first 6 books published in this edition

Harry Potter Cover French 2nd Print Premovie Chamber of Secrets La Chambre des Secrets Book 2
Harry Potter Title Page French 2nd Print Premovie Chamber of Secrets La Chambre des Secrets Book 2
Harry Potter Internal Illustration, French 2nd Print Premovie Chamber of Secrets La Chambre des Secrets Book 2

2nd Print, 1st Edition. Only the 1st and 2nd prints of this book have these fun internal illustrations. These 2 early prints are fairly hard to find, even in France.

Title: Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets

ISBN: 2070524558

Translator: Jean-François Ménard

Format: Small Softcover

 

Notes: Only the first two prints of Chamber and Philosopher's Stone have internal illustrations

Difficulty-to-Find Rating: 8, Hard (Just this particular print; other prints of this book are easily found in France and beyond.

Harry Potter Later Print Prisoner of Azkaban Le Prisonnier d'Azkaban Book 3

1st Edition French Translation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, published by Folio. This particular translation is pocket-sized and not very well made. I much prefer the larger Gallimard published French translations because I think the art is prettier and the books aren't so flimsy. These books are easily found on larger e-commerce websites for under $10 + Shipping. Since they're so common, they're usually one of the first translations purchased by Potter translation collectors. This particular book was printed after the release of the 2001 Sorcerer's Stone movie.

Title: Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban
ISBN: 9782070528189
Translator: Jean-François Ménard
Format: Small Softcover

Notes: All only books 1-6 books were published by in this format. No hardcover.

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2, Common

Harry Potter French Order of th Phoenix l'Ordre du Phenix Book 5

1st Edition Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published by Gallimard in 2003. This edition, like it's Occitan neighbor, has cartoon-like cover art. The book is small would be considered a pocket-sized edition.

Title: Harry Potter et L'Ordre du Phenix
ISBN: 9782070525577
Translator: Jean-François Ménard
Format: Pocket-Sized Softcover

Notes: The French books have multiple covers (small and large editions), so some covers may be easier to find than others.

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2, Common

Notes: Only the first 6 books published in this edition

2007 Edition

 
Harry Potter French 2nd Edition Philosopher's Stone Ecole des Sorciers Book 1

Later edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This edition's illustrations are more adult and subdued. I really like the colors used for these. This edition was published in 2007 bu Gallimard Jeunesse.

Title: Harry Potter et l'École des Sorciers

ISBN: 9782070612369

Translator: Jean-François Ménard

Format: Small Softcover; adult illustrations

Notes: Book is still quite common and often mistaken for being a 1st edition French translation

Difficulty-to-Find Rating: 2, Common

Harry Potter French 2nd Edition Chamber of Secrets Chambre des Secrets Book 2

Later Edition Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, published by Gallimard Jeunesse. This book is the same size as the 1st Edition Philosopher's Stone, but has less cartoonish cover art. This edition was first published in 2007.

Title: Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets
ISBN: 9782070612376
Translator: Jean-François Ménard
Format: Small Softcover

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2, Common

Harry Potter French 2nd Edition Prisoner of Azkaban Book 3

Later Edition Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, published by Gallimard Jeunesse in 2007. 

 

Title: Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban

ISBN: 9782070612383

Translator: Jean-François Ménard

Format: Small Softcover

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2, Common

Harry Potter French 2nd Edition Coupe de Feu Goblet of Fire Book 4

Later Edition Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire, published by Gallimard Jeunesse in 2007. 

 

Title: Harry Potter et la Coupe de Feu

ISBN: 9782070612390

Translator: Jean-François Ménard

Format: Small Softcover

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2, Common

Harry Potter French 2nd Edition Half Blood Prince Le Prince de Sang-Mèlé Book 6

Later Edition Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, published by Gallimard Jeunesse in 2007. 

 

Title: Harry Potter et le Prince de Sang-Mêlé

ISBN: 9782070612413

Translator: Jean-François Ménard

Format: Small Softcover

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2, Common

Harry Potter French 1st Edition Deathly Hallows Les Reliques de la Mort Book 7

Later Edition Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published by Gallimard Jeunesse in 2008. 

 

Title: Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort

ISBN: 9782070615377

Translator: Jean-François Ménard

Format: Small Softcover

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2, Common

 
Harry Potter French Large Edition Philosopher's Stone Ecole des Sorciers Book 1

Large Edition

Large Edition French translation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, published by Gallimard. Interestingly, this same cover is also the cover of the Adult Edition pocket editions.

Title: Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers
ISBN: 9782070541270
Translator: Jean-François Ménard
Format: Large Softcover

Notes: Published by Gallimard; no hardcover. All 7 books were published in this edition.

Difficulty to Find Rating: 3, Common

 

2012 Edition

Harry Potter French Gallimard 40th Anniversary Celebration Edition Philosopher's Stone Ecole des Sorciers Book 1

Gallimard 40th Anniversary Edition celebrating 40 years of their publishing house. This edition is lovely and made very well. It's easily one of my favorite French Potter books.

Title: Harry Potter et l'École des Sorciers

ISBN: 9782070649693

Translator: Jean-François Ménard

Format: Softcover with Jacket

Notes: Preface by Anna Gavalda

Difficulty-to-Find Rating: 5 Not Too Common

2016 Edition

 
Harry Potter French 2016 Edition Philosopher's Stone Ecole des Sorciers Book 1

Lovely 2016 Edition Philosopher's stone. I love the elegant cover art.

Title: Harry Potter et l'École des Sorciers

ISBN: 9782070643028

Translator: Jean-François Ménard

Format: Small Softcover; adult illustrations

Notes; All 7 books published in this edition; while common, they tend to be priced about $30 or so a book.

Difficulty-to-Find Rating: 3, Common

 
Harry Potter Occitan Philosopher's Stone Book 1

Occitan

1st Edition Occitan translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Per Noste. This very interesting looking book comes from the Occitania region of France. This book can be tricky to find. The publisher restricts buyers who are outside of their little area and also refuse to ship internationally, making getting a copy difficult.

Title: Harry Potter e la Pèira Filosofau

ISBN: 9782868660695

Translator: Karina Richard Bòrdanava

Format: Softcover

 

Notes: No hardcover edition; Only books 1 - 2 have been published

 

Difficult to Find Rating: 7, Somewhat Hard

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Harry Potter Occitan Chamber of Secrets Book 2
 

1st Edition Occitan translation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, published in 2011 by Per Noste. Like the first book, this book bears very interesting and child-like cover art. This cover is definitely one of the more unusual and strange I've seen; to be honest, I enjoy the colors used, but it's not my favorite cover. Like the first book as well, this book is still in print, but is hard to find as it is restricted by area; the publishers don't ship outside of their small area, nor do they distribute the book outside of their small area. Pretty much, to obtain a copy, you have to know someone living there or visit the area or get really lucky.

Title: Harry Potter e la Crampa deus Secrets
ISBN: 978286880862
Translator: Patric Guilhemjoan
Format: Softcover

Notes: only books 1 & 2 published so far

Difficulty to Find Rating: 7, Somewhat Hard