Germany

-German

-*Low German

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German

 
1st Edition

The 1st Edition German translations were translated by Klaus Fritz and published by Carlsen Verlag in 1998. They are quite easily found both inside and out of Germany and German-speaking areas. These German editions are some of the earliest Potter translations to be produced.

Difficulty - to -Find Rating: 3, Common

Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
(Pre-Movie)
Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban
(Pre-Movie)
Harry Potter German 1st Edition 1st Print Premovie Philosopher's Stone Der Stein Der Weisen Book 1
 
 
Harry Potter German 1st Edition Later Print Philosopher's Stone Der Stein der Weisen Book 1; Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
Harry Potter German 1st Edition Premovie Early Print Prisoner of Azkaban Book 3; Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban
 
Harry Potter German Goblet of Fire Book 4; Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch
 
Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch
ISBN: 978355155672
ISBN: 9783551551696
ISBN: 3551551936

1st Edition Softcover

Alongside the hardcover editions, Carlsen published softcover editions as well, which feature the same Sabine Wilharm cover art. All 7 books were published in this edition. And, like their hardcover counterparts, are fairly easily found In and outside of Germany.
Harry Potter German Softcover Edition with Sabine Wilharm cover art Philosopher's Stone Book 1; Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
ISBN: 9783551354013

Hardcover Adult Edition

Adult edition German translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Carlsen Verlag in 2000.  Theses books, at least in the States, seem to be a bit harder to track down than either of 1st edition soft and hardcover books. I thoroughly enjoy how lovely these covers are. 

Difficulty - to Find Rating: 5, Not Too Common

Harry Potter Germa Adult Edition Philospher's Stone Stein der Weisen
 
Harry Potter German Adult Edition Prisoner of Azkaban Book 3; Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban

ISBN: 3551552002

ISBN: 355155210x

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ISBN: 3551552096

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ISBN: 3551552533

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ISBN: 3551552975

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ISBN: 3551556008

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ISBN: 9783551557001

Book Club Editions

 

I love this the cover of this German translation; from the moment, I saw it, I KNEW I had to own one--I mean, LOOK AT IT :) Anyway, this book too was printed before the movie (2000), which again you'll notice the font difference.  Published by GGP Media GmbH, Pößneck. It seems like the hardest part of getting this particular edition is finding someone who will ship outside of Germany. So, make sure to ask your seller before purchasing.

Difficulty - to - Find Rating: 6, Somewhat Hard

 

Harry Potter German Wizard Hat Edition Der Club Book Club Edition Hardcover Philosopher's Stone der Stein der Weisen

ISBN: 054866

Here we have other early Book Club Editions, but I'm unsure which book club these are attached to. Again, the font is that of a book published before 2001 when the first movie came out and font changed around the world to match that of the movie title font. This book is around, more so on German e-commerce sites than US ones. This book club edition is a bit more common than the above, which I honestly think is mainly now because the above is just a prettier book, causing the demand to be higher for it than this one. All the same, I love the blue and orange with the piece of the trade 1st edition cover art.

 

Difficulty - to - Find Rating: 5, Not Too Common

Harry Potter German Book Club Edition Philosopher's Stone Stein der Weisen Book 1

ISBN: 060509

Sets

 

Carlsen has released some of the loveliest Harry Potter sets, in my opinion. Always wonderful, distinct cover art and attention to detail throughout. They really are magnificent.


 

1-4 Box Set

This box set consists of only books 1 - 4. The front covers of this set look very similar to the 1st edition softcovers, with the exception of the light green border. The spines, though, make up a wonderful picture of Harry. The back covers also bear illustrations pertaining to that particular book. These books, as far as I know, were not sold separately. You can find them now without a box, but that is probably because the box was thrown out sometime in the past. The box for this set has wonderful illustrations and has the bar code for the set on the bottom.

 

ISBN: 3551553009


 

1 - 7 Box Set

Like this above set, published in 2010, has illustrations on the spine and back covers. They were not sold independently, so if you'd like this one, you more than likely have to buy the set. The front covers look similar to the 1st editions, only the border is turquoise/teal AND there are no title words -- just stand-alone illustrations. The box for my set was lost before it ever came to me, so I cannot speak to the box art, but I'm sure it's lovely, like everything else they produce. 

 

ISBN: 9783551553492
 

This beautiful Spell Box Set is aptly named because it has spells on the side edge -- so very creative! It was publishing in 2013 by Carlsen.  And while the box has beautiful art as well, like the other boxes by Carlsen, it's prone to tearing at the joints.

ISBN: 9783551313102

Difficulty -to - Find Rating: 8, Hard

 

Special Editions

 

Alongside having beautiful 1 - 7 sets, Carlsen has produced lovely special editions of the books as well. So far these special editions have ben illustrated by Sabina Wilharm. In 2018, Carlsen released their 20th Anniversary Editions, which featured not only new illustrations by a new illustrator (Iacopo Bruno), the revised the textblock. This revised texblock also found itself in the 2018 Special Edition. 

2015 Special Edition Harry Potter German Philosopher's Stone Stein der Weisen Book 1

ISBN: 9783551315120

ISBN: 9783551317254

20th Anniversary Edition
 

The German 20th Anniversary Books were published by Carlsen Verlag in 2018. Unlike most other German books, a different illustator, Iacopo Bruno, illustrated the books, and I think he did a great job! Also, this edition was revised in certain places to help continuity. All 7 books available at Carlsen.de

Difficulty to Find Rating for all 7 books: 3, Common

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen

ISBN: 9783551557414

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Hardcover, no jacket

Title: Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens

ISBN: 9783551557421

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Hardcover, no Jacket

Title: Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban

ISBN: 9783551557438

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Hardcover, no Jacket

 

Low German

The 1st Edition Low German translations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, published by Verlag Michael Jung in 2002. This translation is increasingly becoming scarce, especially at a decent price. I'm assuming, given the lower number of speakers and social status of the language that this book wasn't widely printed or distributed. Only the 1st 2 books were published. To learn more about Low German, click here.

Title: Harry Potter un de Wunnersteen

ISBN: 9783898820127

Translators: Hartmut Cyriacks; Peter Nissen; et al.

Format: Hardcover, no Jacket

Difficulty to Find Rating: 8, Hard

Title: Harry Potter un de grulig Kamer

ISBN: 3898820181

Translators: Hartmut Cyriacks; Peter Nissen; et al.

Format: Hardcover, No Jacket

Difficulty-to-Find Rating: 8, Hard

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