Harry Potter is and almost always has been a massive part of my life. For over half of the eighteen years I’ve been on this earth, the seven books pictured above have been a core part of my identity. If it weren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be half as interested in books as I am (although I have always been A Reader). You’re probably wondering why I’ve been out and bought myself a complete set of the new (ish) UK editions of the series then—surely such an avid fan would already have them? Well, you’re right: I do already own them. Twice. I have three sets now but honestly where am I supposed to draw the line when it comes to beautiful books?? I can’t resist.
THE STORY BEHIND MY COLLECTION
Original Children’s Covers
- The reason I don’t own the whole of this set is that I originally borrowed the books from the library when I read them all. After that, I progressively added to the collection as the years went by.
- My copy of Deathly Hallows is the first book I owned from the series and this has been my original copy since the midnight release of it back in 2007. As you can see, I still have it now! Because of when I became a fan this is the only one I bought immediately upon release.
- The next one I added to my collection was Order of the Phoenix which I think I bought for about £5 in Tescos many many years ago. I remember being ecstatic to find it though I don’t really know why since it’s not like the series is uncommon or unpopular.
- I bought Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Prisoner of Azkaban this year for £1 each in a charity shop which is not only the best bargain I’ve ever heard of but even better since all three are in very good condition.
- I’m not totally sure where Goblet of Fire came from. If I’m honest, I think one of my siblings borrowed it from the school library and forgot to take it back so I claimed it for my own.
- I’m missing Half-Blood Prince so I’m on an eternal hunt for a cheap or second-hand copy.
- I don’t think I could ever part with my originals to be honest. Other than being the original covers, they’re just so sentimental.
Hardback Adult Covers
- There was actually a blip in my life for about a year or so when I really didn’t read all too much and Harry Potter took a backseat in my mind. When I was thrust back into the world of all things Potter I asked for the whole set for Christmas. I expected to get the children’s covers—hardback or paperback I wasn’t really fussed—but instead I got these.
- I’m really not a fan of their cover design and 14 year old me certainly wasn’t. I was grateful for the fact I finally owned them all and could read them at leisure but I was pretty peeved I’d been lumped with these covers. They’re alright but not magical.
- Also they’re hardback which can be handy sometimes.
2014 UK Editions
- I vowed that one day—when I could afford to, when I had a job—that I would buy these absolutely bloody beautiful covers because I could not live without them in my life
- Well, guess what, I finally got the money to buy them!!
- I think the boxset is about £60 in Waterstones but fun fact Tesco (another little shout out to this top Harry Potter bookseller supermarket haha) sell them all individually for £3.85 (or 2 for £7 in-store) making the whole seven £26-odd for me to buy.
- I feel like I’ve won the lottery honestly. I can’t wait to display them with utter pride and joy on my bookshelf at uni in a few weeks! At the moment they’re still stuffed in my wardrobe with the rest of my books but they’re too pretty for such an eternal life of dust and gloom.