I cannot believe how fast the last year has gone AND how many things have come to pass in the Potterverse! And I know next year will only go faster and have at least as many (and probably more!) Harry Potter events! With that said, a lot happened in the Potterverse in 2018.
March 5th kicked off the 1st annual Harry Potter Collector Day, a day set aside to celebrate collectors and show off and discuss our collections among each other. I know I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this Instagram event and look forward to the next one! I cannot wait to see how many collections have grown over the year as well as meet and welcome new collectors to the Potter collectorship!
20th Anniversary Editions
2017 marked 20 years of Harry Potter, with Bloomsbury publishing Hogwarts House Editions of Philosopher's Stone; it goes without saying the books sold like hotcakes. And in 2018, Bloomsbury released the 20th Anniversary House Edition of Chamber of Secrets in both soft and hardcover formats, and I must say they are a knock out! I think they upped the quality a bit from the Philosopher's Stone 20th Anniversary Editions, which (to me) were disappointing. To buy the Bloomsbury House Books, go here:https://harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/harry-potter-and-the-chamber-of-secrets-house-editions/
Scholastic released their 20th Anniversary books (illustrated by the incredible Brian Selznick) individually as well as in a lovely box set. I really enjoy the cover art of these books as I think it adds to and compliments the existing Potter Cover art from various artists over the years.
To buy the books or the Box Set, go here:https://harrypotterbooks.scholastic.com/20th-anniversary-editions/
Edicions Salamandra released lovely House edition Philosopher's Stone books to mark their 20 years of Harry Potter. I purchased the Slytherin edition of this book on a whim, after having fully intended to NOT collect the 20th Anniversary translations because of the ever-pressing space issue. The photos of the books do not do them justice honestly. I thought it would be a softcover, but instead I received a glorious hardcover. To see more, watch my YouTube video: https://youtu.be/KyXkWWg2ebo and to purchase,
The 2nd Publisher of the Harry Potter series in Russian has also began to issue 20th Anniversary editions of the Potter books, using the same covers as Bloomsbury. The 20th Anniversary Chamber of Secrets Editions were issued in 2018 and while I don't own one yet, I will add one to my collection sometime in the next few months, no doubt. To Purchase:
In Greece, Psichogios Publications introduced their 20th Anniversary Editions of Harry Potter, which feature the "Pottermore" illustrations. I don't own these yet either, but like the Russian House Editions, I will be adding them to my collection some time this coming year. To Purchase: https://www.psichogios.gr/site/Books/show/1005928/o-xari-poter-kai-h-filosofikh-lithos-epeteiakh-ekdosh (This link takes you just to book 1, but the rest can be purchased from here -- make sure to use Chrome as you'll need to translate from Greek).
Carlsen Verlag, the German publisher of the Harry Potter books, has always produced quality books, and their 20th Anniversary books are certainly no different. Instead of using their long-time illustrator Sabine Wilharm, a new illustrator, Iocopo Bruno, lent his imagination and talents to create the beautiful, whimsical, and 100% magical 20th Anniversary German books; it's worth noting that these books have been revised from their original textblocks, fixing many continuity and clarity issues. To Purchase: https://www.carlsen.de/hardcover/harry-potter-und-der-stein-der-weisen-harry-potter-1/95770 (takes you to book 1, but you can buy the rest of the books from here; use Chrome if you need to translate from German to English).
The Dutch publisher De Harmonie have also released a beautiful hardcover 20th Anniversary Box Set featuring the art of their softcover pocket editions. I have tried to purchase this from Bol.com without any luck and I know other US-based collectors who have purchased the set through them BUT have not yet received them (Purchased in August, I may add! -- it's late December!), so I am a bit skeptical. De Harmonie links to Bol.com to purchase the set; I have looked for other sellers but no one seems to ship outside Netherlands or Belgium. Aggravating, I know. Anyway, here's the link to purchase on Bol: https://www.bol.com/nl/p/harry-potter-jubileum-box/9200000095055798/?suggestionType=typedsearch&bltgh=j5-Cm1Vvi8zmsowp1sNBdw.1.10.ProductImage
New Potter Translations!
New translations are being added to the Potterverse, still! How exciting is this!
In early August, without much if any publicity, the Hawaiian translation of Philosopher's Stone was published by Evertype, a small publisher that specializes in publishing translated literary works. So little was known about this book that none of my collector friends knew about it before either stumbling upon it on various book buying sites OR being told about its existence by someone who'd just stumbled upon it. In fact, when the book was first published it was not even on the publisher's website (which had not been updated since 2017). Now, however, it has been updated to show the publication of Harry Potter in Hawaiian; however, the publisher website says Hardcover while I have only seen the book available in soft. To Purchase: https://www.