There’s no mistaking it, I’m a positively HUGE Harry Potter fan, which makes this a discussion I genuinely never thought I would be capable of writing. It’s a question I would have thought inconceivable. There have been loads of Harry-Potter-related developments in recent years, and even as a super-fan, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about all of them. The time has finally come when I’ve had to ask myself, is there such as thing as too much Harry Potter?
We’ll start with the obvious, and work towards the obscure, shall we? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in 1997, and I started reading the series in 1999. All of my books are the original Bloomsbury covers, and some are even First Editions (not the ones worth a small fortune, unfortunately). I’ve decided that I really want a First Edition of the first book. I’ve been keeping an eye on rare book auctions, and some of them are reasonably priced. I feel like it’s the ultimate collector’s item, and basically an investment. The perk of being an adult Harry Potter fan is that you get to spend your hard earned money on First Editions, if you want to.
Harry has had many new cover releases over the years, from really bright colours (which I hated), to adult-appropriate versions (to reduce the embarrassment of reading a “children’s book” in public), from Scholastic’s beautiful American editions (I loved these but couldn’t deal with it being “the sorcerer’s stone”), to Bloomsbury’s latest releases by illustrator, Jonny Duddle (see right). As much as I love my books with their original covers, if I wanted to preserve them as much as possible, the time came when I could really do with a new set. I eventually went for the new Bloomsbury covers. Luckily, I’m not the kind of super-fan who needs to own multiple sets of the same series. There was a logical reason for my decision to purchase a second set of Harry Potter books. But then, the illustrated edition was released…
Bloomsbury Children’s Books are set to reinvent the children’s hardback and paperback editions of my beloved Harry Potter series!
I own the original Bloomsbury covers (see right) and they have always been my favourite, but I wanted to re-purchase the series to preserve my original copies (and, OK, because my original set doesn’t match either, it’s half hardback and half paperback…). I originally wanted the Scholastic Anniversary Edition (I wanted it bad) but I realised they are American Editions, which among other things mean the first book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and I’m sorry American readers, but I just can’t handle that. The new Bloomsbury series is being redesigned by award-winning artist Jonny Duddle – and I LOVE the artwork. I think this might be the set for me!
I’m pretty sure the blogosphere is fully aware of this by now – but I haven’t seen very many people post about it – so in case you’re not… Good oul JK has released a 1,500 word sequel to Harry Potter styled as a Rita Skeeter Daily Prophet article in which our Harry is 34 (34?!). I was the same age as Harry when I was reading the books, so I keep forgetting that *technically* he’s older than me.
I’ve been ridiculously busy with exams today and tomorrow, so I haven’t read it yet. I intend to devour it this weekend. But I’m questioning what this means… is Harry having a comeback? As an adult? Will there be another book? Do I really want one, or do I want it to stay perfect forever??? (Sex And The City 2 is my case in point – I pretend it never happened!).
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What do you think? Have you read the sequel yet? (Don’t spoil it for me!!). Do you even want a proper sequel or are you a bit scared like me??
While updating my never-ending Goodreads to-read list yesterday I decided to back-date the books I read when I was younger, one thing led to another, and a few minutes (ahem… OK, hours.. am I the only person who has to make sure the book cover is the actual version of the book I read?) later I had my Goodreads filled with as many books from my childhood as I could remember…