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  How much is your Harry Potter book worth?
Updated 11 July 2002, 17.21
Kids reading Harry Potter
So how valuable are your Harry Potter books?

To be valuable, the books have to be original first edition hardbacks (published in the year the book first came out) and in very good condition.

If you've had it signed by JK Rowling then it's worth even more!

How do you tell if it's a genuine valuable first edition?

A signed copy!
A signed copy!

You need to check three main things:

  • Number sequence on the inside page
  • The book's binding type
  • The publisher

If the numbers go from 10 all the way down to 1 then you've got a first edition.

If it goes from 10 to 2 then you've got a second edition and so on.

Unfortunately these aren't worth as much.

There are three types of binding:

  • Laminated pictorial boards (not bound in cloth - shiny-ish cover) - only 500 of these printed so very valuable
  • Cloth bound with JK's signature in gold on the front - there are 1000s of these because they were published later when publishers knew it would success
  • Paperback - millions published so not really worth so much.
For the book to be a really valuable first edition, the publisher must be Bloomsbury.

So how much money can you make?

  • Philosopher's Stone first edition They are very rare - only 500 were printed
    Unsigned they can be worth 3,000 to 4,000
    Signed 8,000 to 10,000!

  • Chamber of Secrets first edition
    Unsigned they can be worth 400 - 600.
    Signed 1500

A printing error makes the book worth more.
The printing error that can make a copy of Azkaban worth loads!

  • Prisoner of Azkaban first edition
    WITH printing error can be worth 1000.
    Signed 2000 - 3000.

  • Goblet of Fire
    First editions aren't worth that much because there were so many printed!

  • Deluxe Editions A complete collection of all four books in the series as first editions of the deluxe editions can be worth 1000.
    If signed 2000 - 3000.

If you have any of these and the condition is good, get in touch with a well-known auctioneers like Sotheby's or Christie's.

Ask to speak to a children's book expert.

They will help you with the value of your book and tell you what to do next, whether it be to sell it or keep it!

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