Anonymous: Hello! I'm German and I wanted to try reading Harry Potter in English and I wanted to get a box with all the books. I'm kinda a big Harry potter nerd so I want to get a pretty box, something little special. Do you maybe have a good recommendation or know a pretty box or something? :)
There’s so many pretty editions of the books. If I had an infinite amount of money I’d probably collect them, along with my other favourite books and series. I’ll refer you to Book Depository, since they have free delivery internationally and a range of different editions. You can use the ISBN to search for it elsewhere.
Click here to see all of the different box sets on Book Depository. Unfortunately some are no longer available but you might be able to find them elsewhere
- I own this box set, which is the most recent US release. The covers are designed by an artist called Kazu Kibuishi and are beautiful, as is the art on the box itself. The spines line up to make Hogwarts. The only thing is the box is just big enough to fit all of the books in. I keep the first book out of it because I can’t actually get it back inside without tearing the box
- This one is awesome because it comes in an awesome trunk/box and each book is in hardcover
- This is the newest box set with the new UK editions. The spines and cover art is really pretty, though Harry does seem to look a lot younger than he should with the later books. I own the first and last books in this edition and the quality is great and it has things like a map and facts about J.K. Rowling inside
- This one features the same editions as the ones above, but the box is slightly different and they’re in hardcover
- Here’s a box set for the adult covers (the black ones) in hardback, if you were interested in those
- I’m not sure about these ones but apparently it’s a special edition box set. It’s definitely pricy (especially compared with the others) but maybe do some research and see if there’s anything special about these editions
Note that some of these box sets might have the American versions of the books, so the spellings might differ and the titles of the first book will be Sorcerer’s Stone instead of Philosopher. This will only really matter if you’re used to the UK spelling.
I hope that helps!
P.S. My Harry Potter shelf looks like this - I own the US box set, the first and last books in paperback in the new UK editions (my dad surprised me with them yesterday because apparently they were cheap) and my original UK editions which are pretty dead.
I can answer about the last set! I don’t have them but a friend of mine did and I remember when they would sell each of them for about $30-$40-$50 dollars each at BigW in Oz (oh how I would love them from a distance as a young girl!).
They were cloth bound with a smaller box image of the traditional UK covers and gold embossed lettering on the front. I couldn’t tell you what was on the inside though, they were always sold wrapped in airtight plastic and my friend wouldn’t let anyone get near her own copies. She hoarded them like a Durin hoards Gold. I never got to ask why she thought them so special, but they must have been.
Annnd after writing that all down it occurred to me that pictures might help. Did a quick google search and here is what they should look like (the book depository image looks highly saturated?) although the ones I saw as a kid had a smaller image and larger signature. Variance with publishing procedures does that.
I personally have these versions (although only of the last two books)
I’m not too sure whether you can still get these as hardcovers OR paperbacks anymore, let alone boxed sets, but you may be able to get them on ebay or some second-hand online shops. Those cloth bound versions above were from an ebay vendor (that sadly ended LONG ended) and sold for $10.00GBP for a boxed sex.
I wish you luck and happy reading hun! Enjoy them!
Also, thanks for the extra links on the HP books thebooker! My copies are going to need replacements ASAP, and now I have a selection! :D