Is your Harry Potter book worth a small fortune? Plus 8 ways to then spend it!

So, we can’t be the only people fitfully carefully checking our copies of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, right? Because if that typo is going to be anywhere, it will be in ours right? We’re rich now, right?


Peter Harrington Rare Books has released some advice on how to tell if you’ve got a small fortune sitting on your shelf. Or nah.


The buzz has been around finding a typo on page 53 of book one where the repitition of “1 wand” can be found.

This confirms yours is a first edition. But for first “printing” rarity you gotta tick these boxes:

“1. The publisher must be listed as Bloomsbury at the bottom of the title page;

2. The latest date listed in the copyright information must be 1997;

3. The print line on the copyright page must read “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”, ten down to one, exactly. The lowest figure in the print line indicates the printing. (For instance, if your copy has “20 19 18 17”, it is a seventeenth printing and has no collectable value);

4. The book must be printed in the UK, not Canada, Australia or anywhere else.”

So if you’ve got yourself a first edition on your hands, what better way to spend that extra cash than buying MORE BOOKS!

Take a look at these rare puppies:

James Bond doesn’t come cheap:

casino royale

And the Count isn’t doing too badly for himself either:


This will put the wind in your willows (what does that even mean?):

wind and the willows

NONE SHALL PASS (this price):


And check these beauties out! Plus they’re signed!

his dark materials

And that’s just ebay! Here’s a quick snapshot what you can put in your basket at Peter Harrington itself:

Golden ticket?

roald dhal

Not even Smaug had this much gold…

the hobbit

Follow the yellow brick road!

wizard of oz

Would you pay a pile of cash for any of these books? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks

And you can read more on the Peter Harrington blog, right here!

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Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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