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  1. Coming up in Reeman Dansie’s summer Fine Art sale on 28th / 29th June is a rare First Edition, First Issue, of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. The paperback book is estimated at £4000-6000 and was recently discovered in a charity shop, in the Colchester area. Featuring in the same auction is an original prop from the film franchise. The Gryffindor House cloak was gifted to 7 year old Alba Diaferia during a visit to the Warner Brothers film set at Leavesden (pictured below). Harry Potter props are very scarce at auction, and this rare cloak is estimated at £5000-7000, a percentage of the money raised from this sale will be gifted to Make A Wish Foundation. Click the link below to find out more https://linkin.bio/ig-reemandansie
  2. Professor Patrick

    Book covers

    In June it will be 25 years since "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was first published. The books are sold around the world, have been translated into 80 (?) different languages and there are around 200 different cover illustrations. I am wondering - has anyone else ever been tempted to buy yet another copy of the books, simply because the art of the cover was so beautiful? In this household we have the first English children edition with the cover art by Thomas Taylor (book 1), Cliff Wright (2 and 3), Giles Greenfield (4) and Jason Cockroft (5, 6 and 7). I have to admit that I like the children's edition better than the adult edition - the covers seemed to gloomy and ... well ... too adult. At least for me. I am not ashamed of reading children's and young adults' books in public. My kids own the 2014 re-design by Jonny Dude, which is really beautiful. I will miss those books once the girls move out. 😉 The German editions covers are not as good, done by Sabine Wilharm, but while they are not as pretty as the English version, they are part of my kids' childhood and I treasure them for that. The Italian ones are more modern and I have to admit, they are my least favourite, no disrespect to Serena Riglietti. So, as you can see, we own four editions of Harry Potter books - and now I am tempted by the house editions. Is that my personal madness or can anyone here relate?
  3. Apart from Harry Potter what are your fave book, movie and tv shows? Personaly I enjoy most things sifi and fantasy so some of my faves are: startgate(movie and tv siries); star trek(movies and tv siries); star wars(movies); toy story(movies); kid normal(books) Young dracula(tv siries) Wolfblood(tv siries) nowhere boys(tv siries and movie) And do you like any movies/tv shows/books more than HP?
  4. Professor Patrick

    Magical books

    Are there any books mentioned in the world of Harry Potter that you would like to have your own copy of? Like Quidditch through the Ages or Fantastical Beasts and where to find them. I for one would love to get my hands on a copy of One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi and Hogwarts - a History. It would be brilliant if JK Rowley actually wrote those.
  5. Is there anything in the Harry Potter films that you like more than in the books? As a Muggle, is there any parts or particular scenes in the movies that you like more than in the books? I personally watched the films before reading the books, but I've loved finding out more in depth explanations. I might speak for a few people here, but as the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite in the series I loved reading about the Marauder's Map. I'm not very good at imaginging what things look like within my head so to be able to see what it looks like in the films was a piece of art. So, what's your favourite part/s........
  6. moonlightwishes

    Paperback Vs. Hardcover Books

    I'm not talking about just the Harry Potter books, but in general. There are pros and cons to both such as hardcover books being heavier and sometimes harder to hold, and paperback books rip and tear easily. Even so, paperback books are easier to carry and hold, hardcover books look beautiful on the shelf and might be a tad bit more durable with books you know you're going to read over and over again. I could compare all day, but if I had to choose, I'd pick paperback for the price and the fact that they're easier to handle. The only books I have that HAD to be hardcover are the Harry Potter books, because I'll be rereading those forever, and Harry Potter is just so special to me. The other series I have that is hardcover is A Series of Unfortunate Events, but that's really only because I can't find those in paperback. This doesn't mean that I only buy paperback books. If I find a book I like and can only find it in hardback, then I'm going to get it because... books. What about you? What do you prefer? Or do you really have no preference?
  7. Hey everyone! It's been a long time since I created anything (apologies for that, it's been chaotic). Since we liked the any object from the Wizarding World Post, I thought I'd do the same thing again, expect ask what shop you'd bring to the Muggle World. The shop can be any mentioned in the books and films, from any alley or street, although for the sake of images, I am only uploading Diagon Alley photos. Before I reveal my favourite, here's a list of some of the shops I could come up with that you could use. Diagon Alley Flourish and Blots Ollivanders Wand Shop Quality Quidditch Supplies Eyelops Owl Emporium Magical Menagerie Terror Tours Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor Gamble and Japes Slugs and Jigger Obscurus Books and Whizz Hard Books Sugar Plum Sweets Madam Primperella's Beautifying Potions Rosa Lee Teabag Weasley Wizarding Wheezes Knockturn Alley Borgin and Burkes Hogsmeade Honeydukes Zonkos The shop I'd bring over, and it should be no suprise since I love it so much is... Weasley Wizarding Wheezes! I know we have joke shops in the Muggle world, but WWW just looks so fun and colourful, and much better than standard Muggle shops. Plus, any joke shop that has products like U-No-Poo and little Umbridges flying around saying, "I will have order," is a joke shop for me. What about all of you? I'd love to know.
  8. Jasmine

    book recommendations

    if anyone has any good book recommendations, pls let me know! I currently want to read this one mystery novel called One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McNanus and I also want to get into the Hunger Games series, but I would be more than happy to hear any other books that you guys want to recommend. for reference, i enjoy romance, mystery, fantasy, and adventure novels :))
  9. lynn

    potion books

    what books do you think there would be in the library?
  10. Celebrate all things Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Slytherin and, Ravenclaw with this glorious collection of beautifully crafted House Editions in hardback. All seven novels from J.K. Rowling's classic series in a spectacular alternating colour scheme, with cover artwork and illustrations by artistic wizard and Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold. The seven books in this collection are accompanied by a magical miscellany of exciting feature articles, quizzes and fascinating fact files packed with trivia about the Hogwarts Houses. A must-have collection for Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Slytherin and, Ravenclaw, young and old, these House Editions box set is the perfect tribute to the house famed for its dedication, patience and loyalty and is sure to be treasured for years to come. Purchase from Amazon Hufflepuff: https://amzn.to/31LCSyJ Gryffindor: https://amzn.to/3Ca1fTg Slytherin: https://amzn.to/3n7FLSE Ravenclaw: https://amzn.to/3n31ETm
  11. Harry Potter has had a huge impact on today’s generation for those who’ve grown up reading and watching these books and films. Which movies or books have made a biggest impact on you?
  12. Morning all, I’ve recently picked up the Poldark series while watching the tv show. However, since series 5 doesn’t actually follow the books I thought I’d make a start on the rest. I believe there’re around 12 books? I maybe wrong. Similar to the Harry Potter books in a sense that it’s been adapted to the screen, the books go into so much more detail about other characters which makes a lot more sense than the TV show. Plot: Into the 1780s and 1790s, Capt. Ross Vennor Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his home Nampara in Cornwallafter three years in the army. Upon his return home, he discovers his father Joshua has died, his estate is in ruins and in considerable debt, and his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth is engaged to his cousin Francis. In town, Ross encounters a young woman named Demelza Carne, dressed in one of her brother's clothes. After learning that her father repeatedly abuses her, Poldark offers her lodging and work as a kitchen maid. He then strives to help his father's tenants and the people of the village while attempting to run the copper mines he inherited, sought after by his rival, the greedy and arrogant George Warleggan. Here is the TV series too, in case it's of any interest. For those not in the UK, you have BBC America.
  13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone vs Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone So why did the name change? It dates back to when the rights were sold for the first book: Scholastic Corporation bought the U.S. publishing rights for what was then known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, forking out a comparably high $105,000 for the privilege. It was changed by the American publisher, Scholastic, because it thought American children wouldn't want to read a book with "philosopher" in the title. Eventually, the author suggested Sorcerer's Stone, and that's how the book is known in the U.S. market where Scholastic had the rights. Other quotes from around the world; "The publisher thought "Sorcerer" would better convey the magical tone of the series. So uninformed children would know it's about a wizard, not a philosopher." " Because apparently they thought Americans wouldn't know what a philosopher's stone is..." Rowling later admitted in a web chat for BBC Red Nose Day in 2001 that she regretted the decision. When asked if it bothered her that the name of the book had been changed in the U.S., she wrote that "they changed the first title, but with my consent. To be honest, I wish I hadn't agreed now, but it was my first book, and I was so grateful that anyone was publishing me I wanted to keep them happy ..." What name do you prefer?
  14. What are some Harry Potter quotes you quote in everyday life the most? Some of the ones I quote alot are: What you fell over for?; When in doubt go to the library; I'm not an owl!; Holy crickets!(and other HP related exclamaions) You're just as sane as I am; And of course any spell (most commonly nox, lumos and accio)
  15. Lily Potter Jr.

    Books vs. Movies

    Normally, movie adaptations of books are not as good, but I have noticed some exceptions, like The Princess Bride, Movie: One of the best ever, Book: Not so good. Harry Potter books are way better, and the movies often mess up important scenes. Espeially kiss scenes. The one that was supposed to take place in the Room of Requirement took place in the Chamber of Secrets, and the one that was supposed to take place in the common room took place in the Room of Requirement. *sad sigh*
  16. haeju_ahn

    Which Book is The Best?

    So far, I only know Harry Potter from their films. I never got into the books. I wonder which book should I read first? For a note, I don't mind not starting from the book one. I just want to read the best written book in the HP series. Which book do you think is the best? I probably prefer more to a book with many characters introduction, or maybe characters deep study, I like dark theme, and maybe less fights. My most favorite movies so far are Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-Blood Prince. So, what do you think, guys? Please recommend me your favorite book in the series. Thank you!
  17. Harry Potter has since became such an a global phenomenon that it’s hard to see the full scope what it accomplished over the years. J.K. Rowling was an unknown single mom when she first got the idea for her story while stuck on a train; the small UK children’s press that ultimately took a chance on it undoubtedly couldn’t have predicted that it would have a measurable effect on everything it touched. Now one of the biggest forces in pop culture, it changed the way that businesses published books for kids. It’s remarkable that Harry Potter was rejected from no less than nine different publishers in the UK (all of whom rue the day, to be sure). Little finally got the manuscript into the hands of an agent at Bloomsbury, and they bought the rights for something like 2,000 pounds. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in the UK on June 30, 1997. The books were around for a long time before Harry Potter. But JK Rowling turned book consumption, especially for children, into something close to addiction. You want proof? The UK release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999 was timed at 3.45pm to prevent children in England and Wales from skipping school to get their copy. The later books got HUGE but it didn't stop kids devouring them. Grown-ups got hooked too, with the books being released in adult-friendly covers. The book releases themselves became headline news: when the fourth book Goblet of Fire came out in 2000, booksellers around the world got together to coordinate the first ever global midnight launch. I'll admit, I was a later comer to the Harry Potter series. Believe it or not, it wasn't till I saw promo advertising for Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban at my first job. Now, don't get me wrong I had seen Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets when they came out on DVD! (Not Bluray). But I didn't like the movies, I didn't 'get it'. So after looking through the promo advertising it looked far more interesting, plus the fact that Hermione (Emma Watson) was my age, she looked pretty. I bought the DVD, took it home that evening, setup the DVD and TV, sat down and watched it.... I LOVED IT! From that day forth I've been hooked. Despite your own preferences, is widely known as the best film in the series. (Just saying) I was a part of the generation that truly grew up with harry potter... The characters were around my age and I just loved the magical world, I was hooked! I remember making friends over the years and sharing stories, theories and bickered countless hours over how the screenwriters left out seemingly crucial scenes from the books, or how the actors playing the three leads just weren’t cutting it, or how impossible it is to ever recreate on the screen the universe that we’ve designed in our heads over all the years of reading the series. In the early 2000's Harry Potter was alive and breeding on the Internet, thanks to fan sites such as ' the-leaky-cauldron ', ' mugglenet ' & of course the famous veritaserum.com - forums. Potter Web masters Emerson Spartz of Leaky Cauldron and Melissa Anelli of Mugglenet agree that between 2000 and 2003 the Potter galaxy exploded again, from publishing phenomenon to cultural phenomenon. So when someone says that Harry Potter changed the world, it’s not exactly an exaggeration. I'm sure I speak for many who believe that Harry Potter is simply a part of their lives. Thoughts? Do you think this sort of phenomenon will ever happen again in our lifetimes?
  18. Bunderlilys

    Wand Cores

    As we know the Mr. Ollivander we are familiar with only works with three kinds of wand core, unicorn horn, dragon heart string and phoenix feather but his father worked with many other kinds. He tells us on pottermore these cores are the most reliable, but I think varied cores would be much cooler. I for one would love a mermaid hair core wand, or a giant squid tentacle core. What about a hippogriff feather core? Or a Sphinx hair core? The possibilities are endless! I decided early on in my business to create wands with unique and personal cores like these, visit my website to check them out! You can also view my collection on instagram or facebook. What do you think? Are unique cores better?
  19. Cant get the image thing to work! Hope for help here! I have a fantastic beasts book, it has writing in it obvs but it seems more than it should be! My book is second hand from amazon so could be someone elses writing! Mine is the green covered one, hard back published 2012! Hope link works
  20. I think that the original Ron and Hermione kiss was epic. I loved it, and I think it was important that Harry was there. The movie kiss was weird.
  21. Leviosa_Rattray

    Scottish Acromantula Nest

    So, i recently read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them and i noticed that its said that there is an Acromantula nest rumoured to be located in scotland. Naturaly i instantly assumed that it was the colony located in the Forbidden Forest... but after thinking about it a little bit more i thought that Newt would have surely published his book before Hagrid had attented Hogwarts. i was right, Newt Scamander published his book in 1927 and the colony was established in 1943 when Hagrid released Aragog into the Forbidded Forest. Was this just a simple mistake on JK's part? or is there a second colony in Sscotland?
  22. When did you first read the series? How old were you? Did you read them in order? Before or after the movies? I first read the books when Prizoner of Azkaban was released on DVD. After watching the film i was overly eager to find out what happend next! I just hated the wait between the rest of the series in order to read the last book.
  23. NEW YORK: Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, today revealed the cover of a stunning new edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Scholastic Inc. Trade Hardcover Edition ISBN 978-1-338-59670-0; $37.99; All Ages) to be published on October 20, 2020. This innovative edition of the first book in the Harry Potter series is designed and illustrated by the award-winning design studio MinaLima, best known for establishing the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. With brilliant full-color illustrations on nearly every page, this new edition also includes eight interactive special paper craft features. Readers can open the beautifully designed, elaborately folded Hogwarts letter and Diagon Alley shopping list, reveal the magical entryway to Diagon Alley, open a die-cut, fold-out Hogwarts Castle, make a sumptuous feast appear in the Great Hall, and more. This new edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the perfect way to start a new generation of readers on their Hogwarts journey, and at the same time is sure to be a treasured keepsake for fans to add to their collection, said Ellie Berger, President Scholastic Trade. The Harry Potter series continues to inspire readers of all ages with its universal themes of friendship, imagination and the triumph of good over evil. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published by Scholastic in the U.S. in September 1998 with a first printing of 50,000 copies. More than 20 years later, the Harry Potter book series has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. Twenty years of designing for the Wizarding World have come full circle in this extraordinary opportunity to depict Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in a whole new way. From creating Harry's Hogwarts acceptance letter for the first film, to envisioning his world for this new illustrated edition, MinaLima's many invitations to visualize this fantastic universe never cease to beguile. We have sought to bring together our artistry with J.K. Rowling's singular storytelling to offer the reader a completely fresh experience of this now new classic work, said Eduardo Lima & Miraphora Mina. MINALIMA DESIGN is an award-winning graphic design studio founded by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, best known for their ten-year involvement in the Harry Potter film franchise, where they established the visual graphic style of the film series. From their London studio they have continued telling stories through visuals from designing books and packaging to creating graphic props for films such as Sweeney Todd (2007), The Imitation Game (2014), and the Fantastic Beasts films. They also designed the bestselling books The Case of Beasts Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Archive of Magic Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald, J.K. Rowling's screenplays for the Fantastic Beasts films, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales, The Secret Garden, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Adventures of Pinocchio. Look out for the new edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, coming 20 October 2020, published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US. News Source: Scholastic
  24. A question that I'm sure will have some fantastic and creative answers... Many characters in the Harry Potter movies were taken away from us. But who do you feel was the absolute worst to read or watch? And as a side note; who of them didn't deserve it? 50pts to the most creative answers.
  25. Discussion topic This October, you can pick up a newly designed, full-colour version of the first Harry Potter story, brought to life by MinaLima; the design studio who mastermind the artistry that helps bring Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts to life.
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