Harry Potter 2018: A Book Collector's Wrap Up
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).