Germany

Germany is home to 2 Potter translations--German and Low German.

 

German

Harry Potter German 1st Edition 1st Print Premovie Philosopher's Stone Der Stein Der Weisen Book 1
 
 
1st Edition

This 1st Edition translation was published before the 1st movie was released, which is the reason for the font difference between on this cover. I am not sure how easily found the pre-movie copies are as I wasn't specifically searching for one when I purchased this one; I just lucked into it. 

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
ISBN: 978355155672
Translator: Klaus Fritz
Format: Hardcover

Notes: Pre-Movie pre-movie German Philosopher's Stone translations are easily available in US marketplaces

Difficulty to Find Rating: 3, Common

Click HERE to listen to the 1st paragraph

Harry Potter German 1st Edition Later Print Philosopher's Stone Der Stein der Weisen Book 1; Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen

1st Edition, German translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Carlsen Verlag; later printing (notice the different "Harry Potter" font. For some reason, I really like the German cover art and have amassed a collection of varying covers. The German translations are among some of the easier to find of the Potter translations. They're also quite fun, or so I think. The German translations are easily found outside of Germany, as they are available in other regions where German is spoken like Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.

 

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen

ISBN: 9783551551672

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Hardcover

 

Notes: Available in softcover too. All 7 books have been published; many different editions

 

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2 Common

Harry Potter German 1st Edition Premovie Early Print Prisoner of Azkaban Book 3; Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban
 

1st Edition transaltion of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, published by Carlsen. This translation was published before the first movie; after the movie was relseased in 2001, the books began using that same font found on Movie titles, which WB execs thought would help connect the books to the Potter franchise. Like with the Philosopher's Stone, pre-movie Azkabans are easily found in US marketplaces.

Title: Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban
ISBN: 9783551551696 or 3551551693
Translator: Klaus Fritz
Format: Hardcover

Notes: One of the few Azkaban covers NOT to feature a hippogriff

Difficulty to Find Rating: 3, Common

Harry Potter German Goblet of Fire Book 4; Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch
 

1st Edition German translation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, published by Carlsen Verlag in 2000. Like all German Potter books thus far, it features the cover art of Sabine Wilharm.

Title: Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch

ISBN: 3551551936

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Hardcover

Notes:

Difficulty-to-Find Rating: 3, Common

Hardcover Adult Edition

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

Adult edition German translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Carlsen Verlag in 2000.  Also note the pre-movie front font. All 7 books were published in this edition; 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. Prisoner of Azkaban was published in 2001, and still has the pre-movie font.

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen

ISBN: 3551552002

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket

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

Title: Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban

ISBN: 355155210x

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket

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Title: Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens

ISBN: 3551552096

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket

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

Book Club Editions

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

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. This book, I believe is actually a book club for the now defunct Der Club (derclub.de). There is a lovely yellow ribbon bookmark that's been bound into the book as well. These books can be found somewhat cheaply on European e-commerce sites, BUT most sellers don't want to sell to people in the US oe really outside of Germany (from loads of frustration and experience). It's not as common as the German 1st edition trade (first single book in German section), but they're still around. Again, most German sellers don't seem to want to ship outside Germany, so just ask the seller before purchasing.

 

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der WeiseISBN: 054866--printed in 2000 by GGP Media GmbH, PößneckTranslator:  Klaus FritzFormat: Hardcover with Illustrated JacketNotes: More than likely early Book Club Edition; published in 2000 before first movie.

Difficulty to Find Rating: 6, Somewhat Hard

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

Here we have another early book club edition, but I'm unsure which book club it was 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.

 

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen

ISBN: 060509

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Hardcover

Notes: Early Book Club (published in 2000); other 7 books in series produced.

Difficulty to Find Rating: 5, Not Too Common

1st Edition Softcover

Harry Potter German Softcover Edition with Sabine Wilharm cover art Philosopher's Stone Book 1; Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
 

The German softcover edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Carlsen Verlag.

 

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen

ISBN: 9783551354013

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Softcover

Difficulty to Find Rating: 2, Common

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
 

Adult Editions

Later edition translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Carlsen in 2013; this edition, I was told, was only available in a set and not sold separately. BUT, each book I have has a back bar code, which is different from the other German sets that I have, so maybe they were also sold individually, but on a more limited scale. I personally love the look of this book, and like it enough that I would love to have the full set with this matching cover art.  When these books are found it's usually in a box set and most of the time it's being sold by someone who doesn't want to ship outside Germany. The books are about a 6/10 as far as difficulty to find, but they are around, but sometimes quite pricey. The last four five books have spells on the side edge; I have not seen books 1 and 2 with this feature, but they probably do exist. 


 

 
Adult Softcover Edition Harry Potter German Philosopher's Stone Book 1

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen

ISBN: 9783551313119

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Softcover

Title: Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens

ISBN:

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Softcover

Title: Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban

ISBN:9783551313133

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Softcover

Title: Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch

ISBN:9783551313140

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Softcover

Title: Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix

ISBN: 9783551313157

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Softcover

Title: Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes

ISBN: 978355131371

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Softcover

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

2015 Special Edition

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der WeisenI

SBN: 9783551315120

Translator: Klaus Fritz

Format: Softcover

2018 Special Edition

Title: Harry Potter und der Stein der WeisenI

SBN: 9783551317254

Translator: Klaus Fritz; revised

Format: Softcover

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. To hear the 1st paragraph of Book 1 read aloud, 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