For Christmas this year, I got two very magical gifts. I say magical because I am an unapologetically devoted Harry Potter fan, and there is no better gift than what I received (besides, perhaps, tickets to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a chance to meet Queen J.K. Rowling or a role in Fantastic Beasts). This isn’t a “What I Got for Christmas” post, as I only wanted to share these two gifts with you. I was lucky enough to have received the entire Harry Potter paperback book collection from my boyfriend (who clearly absolutely gets me after 6 years). The other gift was from my mother, and it is very special because it is the 20th-anniversary Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Gryffindor edition hardcover book.
(I reread this paragraph and I realise that I sound like an absolute geek…). The covers of the boxed set are absolutely adorable! I think that they would be quite appealing to children, which is a good thing if we want the magic to be passed on to the future generations. The font and gold details make them stand out, and I love the fact that each cover captures a notable event in the story. Johnny Duddle did a brilliant job with the cover illustrations!
Although one might not believe it now, I think that the 20th-anniversary editions are going to be highly sought after in the future. It’s mind-boggling to think that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out in 1997- a whole 20 years ago! I have the Gryffindor edition because I was sorted into Gryffindor, but there is a Slytherin edition as well as Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. The books are true to their houses by featuring the house crest on the front cover in the house’s respective colour, as well as pages in the house colours, and extra information about the house.
You can find out which house you belong to by doing the official test on Pottermore. I found it a little bit hard to believe that I am in Gryffindor (although I do relate to three very notable Gryffindors: Hermione, Ron and Neville). In fact, I didn’t think that I deserved to be in any of the houses. I definitely agreed with 11-year-old Harry when he thought “if only the hat had mentioned a house for people who felt a bit queasy”, or perhaps someone who is an anti-social overthinker. If you’ve watched the Harry Potter movies and you’re just as in love with the wizarding world as what I am, I seriously recommend reading the books. There is so much detail in the books that were left out entirely from the movies! I’ve also been inspired to add a “Books” sub-category to my blog, under “Lifestyle”. I’m thinking of sharing all of my books hauls and reviews there, which will definitely motivate me to read more.