There are plenty of book franchises out there that were capable of winning over the hearts of readers. However, very few made quite the same impact as the Harry Potter series, which became so popular it spawned almost a dozen movies, plays, and other spin-offs. The Harry Potter saga accompanied several generations and decades after the release of the first book, young people everywhere are still picking up their parents' copies.
When a series of books becomes so extremely popular, there ought to be some money involved. We've all heard of how rare first editions sell at auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars. But have you ever thought Harry Potter fits into that category? Let's take a look at the most valuable editions of the saga!
10 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Signed UK 1st Edition - $3,640
The first entry in our list already represents a staggering amount of money for a book that's been out for just a little over two decades. However, compared to other editions in this book, the United Kingdom's first edition of Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire actually represents a relatively modest price tag.
This is a first edition that is signed by JK Rowling herself, two things that explain why the book is worth $3,640 in the first place. First editions are very hard to come by, especially those that are signed by the author! It's currently available on AbeBooks.
9 Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix Signed 1st Edition - $5,625
The second entry on this list refers to the fifth installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix. It's for sale at AbeBooks, and it currently comes with a hefty price tag of almost $6,000.
The copy is a first United Kingdom edition, first published in 2003, in hardback. In addition to its rarity as a first edition, this book also includes JK Rowling's signature on the cover. Pretty neat!
8 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban 1st Edition Signed By The Movies' Cast - $7,372
We've already established that first editions can be worth quite a nice penny, to say the least. Even when we're not talking about the first book of the series! For instance, this particular copy of the saga's third book is a hardback first edition that comes with a pretty nice extra - hence the $7,372 price tag.
Aside from all the things that set it apart from the copies you can get at any bookstore, this book is signed by every single cast member of the Harry Potter movies, including the main trio Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. You not only get the first edition, but you also get all the autographs you could possibly want! Available on AbeBooks.
7 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire 1st Edition Hard Back - $8,604
The second edition of Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire we present to you as one of the most valuable editions from the saga is worth more than twice the copy we mentioned before. It also represents a first edition, only this time, we're talking about a Bloomsbury hardback, which in itself is even more beautiful.
Additionally, the copy is signed by JK Rowling, with an inscription that reads "To one of my favorites! J K Rowling (Jo!)". You'd probably never guess something like this would actually be worth $8,604, but it definitely is! It's also available for purchase on AbeBooks.
6 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Signed 1st Edition - $15,000
Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban has already been featured on this list, but definitely not with this price tag! This time around, we're talking about a first edition that is both a hardcopy and is signed by the author.
The book is currently being sold by Quintessential Rare Books for $15,000. If you're a hardcore fan, we suggest you keep saving to get this one!
5 Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone First American Edition - $15,000
Also being sold by Quintessential Rare Books for $15,000 is the first American edition of the first book from the saga, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone. As you'll see as we make our way down this list, this book can make anyone who's lucky enough to have a copy a very happy-go-lucky.
It's in very similar style as the previous copy we mentioned, and includes, of course, the signature of JK Rowling herself.
4 Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone 1st Edition - $34,500
Earlier this year, over the Summer, a Harry Potter book once again made headlines when it sold at auction for an impressive £28,500 (around $34,500). This first edition of the book was, once again, one of the only 500 copies that exist in the world, which explains why they sell like hotcakes for the price of a Picasso painting.
The book was actually published with two mistakes, and back when it was first published, in 1997, it sold for just a little over $1. How far it has come!
3 Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone 1st Edition - $57,000
Just a little over a month ago, on October 2019, an anonymous couple from Lancashire decided to take the plunge and try to sell their own first edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone at auction, anticipating to get around $40,000.
Well, we've already seen how rare Harry Potter books can exceed expectations when it comes to price, and this was no exception. The couple got a pretty nice surprise when the book managed to bring £46,000, around $57,000!
2 Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone 1st Edition - $99,278
Because of recent events involving the sale of Harry Potter first editions, most notably the two previous entries on this list, prices for the few copies that are left in the world have skyrocketed, and sellers are valuing their copies at staggering amounts.
The most expensive copy you can find right now is being sold by Brought To Book for nearly $100,000! We can guess than, unless someone else comes forward with another first edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, the price might even go up during a bidding war.
1 Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone First Edition Annotated Version - $192,507
Currently the most expensive copy of a Harry Potter book to have ever been sold, this copy of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone makes all the other books in this list pale in comparison to its staggering price of $192,507.
What sets this particular copy aside is that it's definitely one of a kind, since it includes annotations from the author and over twenty of her original illustrations. Plus, it once belonged to JK Rowling's first publisher! This extraordinary copy was sold at auction at Sotheby's.