I suspect there a point in every reader’s life where they wonder just how they ended up with so many copies of various Harry Potter titles. If you don’t have this problem, I envy you because after unpacking at my new place, I discovered I own about 4 copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (/Philosopher’s) Stone. In my defense, one is from Ireland and one is in French so only two of them are identical.
Another problem I suspect every reader has is that often an awesome book comes out multiple times and oftentimes it gets a better cover the 5th time around. Or the 1st. If you do not have this problem, I also envy you. I own about 3 copies of The Hobbit (I was determined to own one that resembled the copy from my childhood) and random copies of The Chronicles of Narnia in addition to a matching set I bought when I visited Wales.
But if you have both of these problems, you will understand just how happy and angry I was to discover that the paperbacks are being re-released with lovely covers from Kazu Kibuishi (artist and author of the ever-so popular Amulet series).
I mean, ARGH! Look at how well they all match! And this isn’t even touching on how great the individual covers are.
For example, here is the cover of the book I currently own 4 copies of:
What am I to do? I don’t need these books. Not even slightly, but I want them. I can’t even come up with a flimsy adult-shaped excuse either because if I want to re-read them, I own them. Or…actually I seem to be missing Book 5. But I own the rest and I work at a library, for crying out-loud. And yet… And yet.
And yet if you do have either one of these problems, perhaps you can give me some advice. Should I go for a 5th copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as well as its sequels or no?
And for those who need a 1st or 5th copy of their own, the box set comes out on August 27.