Your Harry Potter Books Could Be Worth £30,000


Harry Potter fans out there take note – you could be sitting on an absolute goldmine.

Online book marketplace AbeBooks have published a guide to which books are most prized by collectors.

So, it might be time to start searching through your shelves for some of the editions listed below – it could be your golden ticket…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Look out for: Print line that reads 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and the crediting of ‘Joanne Rowling’.

Hardcover first edition, first printings of the 1997 book are the ‘Holy Grail’ for Potter collectors. Only 500 were published and 300 went to libraries, making them hard to come by.

Prices on Abebooks vary from $40,000 (£29,000) to $55,000 (£40,000) while a handful of advance proof copies are available from $7,500 (£5,400) to $13,500 (£9,700).

According to the website:

The first editions of the deluxe edition from 1999 also fetch prices from $450 (£325) to $2,500 (£1,800).

Paperback first editions of The Philosopher’s Stone are also quite scarce and attract four-figure price-tags – sometimes five figures if in excellent condition.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Look out for: JK Rowling’s signature.

Prices for the 1998 hardcover first edition first printings reach $9,000 (£6,500).

AbeBooks say:

In 1998, JK Rowling was still a jobbing author rather than a worldwide superstar richer than the Queen, so there are a reasonable number of signed first editions available from her book tour signings.

If you unearth a signed copy, it can be worth up to four figures.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Look out for: Joanne instead of JK Rowling, number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and a block of misaligned text on page seven.

Those fortunate enough to have the ‘Joanne’ version can hope to sell their editions for up to $12,000 (£8,650). It’s unknown how many copies with the error were actually created, which makes them very valuable.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Look out for: JK Rowling’s signature.

By the time the fourth book was released, JK Rowling was signing far fewer copies meaning those with the author’s signature can be worth over $10,000 (£7,200).

AbeBooks explains:

Look out for the limited editions with original watercolour illustrations by Giles Greenfield (Bloomsbury’s UK edition) and Mary GrandPre (Scholastic’s super rare US edition of only 25 copies).

If either illustrator has signed a copy, then prices are again in four-figures.

A lot of collectors also look for books accompanied by things like entrance wristbands or golden tickets from events where JK Rowling has conducted a signing and these can add an add an extra zero onto purchase prices.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Look out for: JK Rowling’s signature.

People who were at JK Rowling’s midnight launch event in Edinburgh in 2003 will be glad they made the journey as signed copies of The Order of the Phoenix are worth four figures.

Illustrator Jason Cockroft also signed books which are now worth around $200 (£144).

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Look out for: Signed copies.

The Half-Blood Prince was published at the height of ‘Pottermania’ where JK’s book tours were less common. There are hardly any signed copies of the book but those available go for up to $5,000 (£3,600).

Copies signed by illustrator Mary GrandPre are also worth around $250 (£180).

So there you have it. Has anyone got anything for sale?