IOLA, WI – Harry Potter - The Unofficial Guide to The Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard is the first book of its kind. It features a comprehensive survey of the rich art, books, and memorabilia created during the last 20 years of Pottermania. First-edition copies of J.K. Rowling’s epic now command nearly $50,000 and special items created for collectors are rising in value every day. The esoteric knowledge, visual symbols, and moral teachings revealed in Rowling’s writings have inspired an entire generation of readers. Both young and old and have formed an important facet of American popular culture.
Unparalleled View of Harry Potter Magical Memorabilia
In this beautifully illustrated and lavishly designed book, author Eric Bradley introduces readers to the broad world of these collectibles. He also explores the fandom surrounding the mystique behind the world’s boy-wizard. There is the Holy Grail chair Rowling used to write her epic series, which sold for a spellbinding $394,000. Not to mention a $40,000 Potter-themed wedding. As well as those who tattoo their bodies with symbolism from the books. This guide touches on various aspects of Potter admiration. Whether a dedicated Harry Potter fan or a curious sort, this book draws you in.
“Twenty years on, the world of Harry Potter is expanding quickly, and with it comes the usual flurry of new films, books, plays, amusement parks, and more on the horizon. Each one will come with a blur of collectibles, posters, figurines, and limited-edition items (not to mention movie props!) available for collectors. In fact, the season for Harry Pottery never has been hotter. It’s easy to see why.
Don’t worry if that phrase is new to you: Harry Pottery is the collecting genre that includes all things related to this wizarding world. Whereas rare items sell between $10,000 (a complete set of all seven UK Harry Potter titles) and $43,000 (a first edition, first printing of the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone), values for mass produced Harry Potter collectibles are also on the rise...”
— From the book’s introduction
Stories of Pottermania
Telling the story of Harry Potter through its art and collectibles, Bradley examines how fans and the marketplace contribute to the enduring love behind these enigmatic characters and the books that launched a million imaginations. More than 750 photos related to more than 300 outstanding objects gathered from private and public collections.
Harry Potter - The Unofficial Guide to The Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard opens the door to private collections and invites the reader to explore this compelling world.
About the Author: Eric Bradley is the author of several collectibles books, including the critically acclaimed Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff and Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles, the No. 1 selling guide on the market. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Four Seasons Magazine, PARADE and The Detroit News, among others. Bradley is the Public Relations Director at Heritage Auctions, ha.com, the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. He lives near Dallas with his wife and three children.
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