Your Old Harry Potter Books Could Be Worth Thousands Of Dollars
Check your bookshelf! 📚
An online marketplace for collector's items has put together a list of Harry Potter books that are now worth thousands of dollars. AbeBooks.com connects sellers and buyers of used books, rare books and even used textbooks! On their site, they note that they've already sold 55 Harry Potter books priced over $1,000.
We've written in the past about various Canadian coins and bills being worth thousands of dollars, but there are endless collectables out there if you know where, and what, to look for.
Here is a list of the most expensive Harry Potter books and what to look for to see if the ones in your basement or bookshelf could be worth more than the price on the back!
$1,500 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
A U.K first printing signed by J.K. Rowling with a "golden ticket," from a signing event held on 19 July 2000.
$1,785 - Set of Harry Potter Books (1 to 4)
A set of the first four Harry Potter books, all deluxe first edition in hardback.
$2,000 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
An unread signed first edition of the deluxe hardback with a cloth bookmark, published by Bloomsbury.
$2,640 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
A first edition in very good condition.
$2,995 - Set of Harry Potter Books (1 to 6)
An American set including first editions of Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire and a second edition of the Order of the Phoenix.
$3,000 - Set of Harry Potter Books (1 to 5)
A U.S. set of first editions including a signed copy of the Sorcerer's Stone.
$4,000- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
A first American edition signed by J.K. Rowling from a reception in San Francisco.
$4,200 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
A first edition and first printing signed by J.K. Rowling.
$4,250 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
A first U.K. edition, unread, first printing of the fifth book, signed by J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh midnight launch event.
$37,000 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
An unread first issue, first edition from the original 500 copies published "before anyone knew J.K. Rowling's name." Probably the most expensive Harry Potter book ever sold.
The books listed above the 10 most expensive books sold on AbeBooks.com, though as I mentioned above, they have sold 55 Harry Potter books over the $1,000 mark.
So if yours isn't a signed, unread first edition, don't lose hope. You never know what kind of treasure you have kicking around!