I recently went to London on vacation and one day it let me directly to King’s Cross station and Platform 9¾:
And right beside that was of course a Harry Potter fan shop with all the prizey stuff you can imagine (they asked 30£ for a Gryffindor scarf).
But what else did my eyes discover there? 20th anniversary reprints of all the books as well as illustrated editions of the first two! Well that’s something I could not say no to.
When I started to read the Harry Potter books, Azkaban was already released. I read the first three in German and then decided to give my crappy English skills a go and tried the first book in English. I even had this Harry Potter dictionary to help me through some of the phrases:
Later I learned that there was something called the “adult edition” (and, personally, I still think the original British adult edition looks still the best).
Now the hunter and gatherer had awoken in me. I started to collect different versions of the first book and with this 20th anniversary re-release this collection grew quite a bit:
What about the Latin and Ancient Greek edition you ask? Well I actually thought about it but since I speak neither I waited too long to consider them and now the original editions are out of print and the reprints just don’t feel as important to me.