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The Cataloguer's Desk: "Is My Harry Potter Book Valuable?"

Is your copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone one of those rare and collectible first edition, first printings?

Last night marked the premier of the first of two feature length films that make up the final book in the much-acclaimed Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

To celebrate this event, Laura Massey of “The Cataloguer’s Desk” blog has offered up a very clear and concise article to help you to determine if your copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is one of those rare and collectible first edition, first printings.

Go and have a read, and even if your copy is one of the battered and abused non-collectible editions, crack it open and let yourself enter the world of Privet Drive and Hogwarts again!


  • I have a book written by Evangelist John R. Rice written in 1945. The HOME -COURTSHIP, MARRIAGE, and CHILDREN. Copywrite 1945. Picture of wife and child 1938. Got when my Grandmother passed away years ago. It has place for marriage certificate and family record. Also have LOTS! of other books from around 1930’s 40’s. Need help to know if important.

  • I have a Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hard back book. It has credit to Joanne Rowling, not jk Rowling. It also has the original picture on the front. However it was printed by Raincoast Books and it’s number reads 10 9 8 7. It also has the misprint on page 53 of the supplies needed and wand being on the list twice. I was curious if it was valuavble?

  • I have all the requirements for the rare book except that its numbers read 10 9 8 7 6, instead of it needing to be 10 down to 1. Is my book still valuable?

  • Hi I have a copy of the goblet of fire and numbers go from 1 to 20 on paperback, is this worth any sort of money

  • I have a soft cover Harry Potter Philosophers Stone Book. In side it says Joanne Rowling not J.K. Rowling and the numbers go 10 9 8 7 6 5 and it is printed by Bloomsbury and has the young wizard not the old Dumbledore on the back made in 1997 How much is it worth?

  • Hello I have the hardback version of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. It had the wand misprint on page 53 and the code is 10 9 8 7 6. I was just wondering how valuable this copy is since it is in good condition as well

  • I have a Bloomsbury version of the philosophers stone in paperback and inside it says Joanne Rowling but doesn’t have the numbers except 50,49
    Is mine worth anything ?

  • Hello, I have a harry potter and the Philosphers Stone hardback, with the copyright 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2, signed Joanne Rowling, is it valuable?

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