Galloping gargoyles! 2022 is the silver anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s magical classic Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. First published on 26th June 1997, Harry Potter turns the page to celebrate 25 years in print – and fans can celebrate in nostalgic style.
In celebration of 25 years of Harry Potter magic, Bloomsbury is proud to be releasing a glorious silver anniversary hardback commemorative edition featuring the original, iconic 1997 cover illustrations by Thomas Taylor, available for one year only. The artwork of Harry Potter with his lightning bolt scar, standing next to the Hogwarts Express on Platform Nine and Three-Quarters would go on to become one of the most iconic book covers of the 20th century.
Millennials were the first to discover the boy wizard in 1997, and Harry Potter helped create millions of passionate readers, more than any other generation. As a millennial myself, seeing this original cover in print again instantly transported me back to my primary school library. Curious about the boy with a lightning bolt scar on his forehead and the Hogwarts Express on clear display, I held Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in my ten-year-old hands, eager to go on a new adventure. These books have resonated with me in a way that I can’t put into words, and as a consistent re-reader of the series, it still resonates with me – it’s no wonder it’s so timeless.
While we millennials grew up with Harry and his magical world, queuing up outside bookshops at midnight to get the next book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has continued to inspire new generations of readers ever since. I see this evident in my young nieces who love the series themselves. We all wish we could experience reading our favourite books for the first time again, and seeing this new generation experience Harry Potter’s magical journey through bright, fresh eyes feels a little bit like that.
This irresistible anniversary limited edition will be available for one year only, while stocks last. In addition to a bright dust jacket emblazoned with a removable silver sticker, readers will discover a wealth of celebratory bonus content inside, including drawings from J.K. Rowling’s own archive, offering a tantalising first glimpse of her endlessly spellbinding wizarding world. And discover Thomas Taylor’s charming account of how a young artist came to illustrate Harry Potter for the very first time. Decorated with the original hand-drawn Hogwarts crest, the inside pages also feature the fully updated and redesigned story text to provide the perfect reading experience.
This is the ultimate Harry Potter gift and a must for any bookshelf. This once-in-a-generation collector’s edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will take brand-new readers and long-time fans on the magical journey of a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this special edition and get your copy while stocks last!