June 30, 1997 was a historic day that almost no one took notice of. It wasn't until a year or more later that the significance of this date became clear: It was the day the first Harry Potter book was published.
J.K. Rowling published a total of seven books from 1997 to 2007 but that was not the end for Harry and his friends. As of this writing those seven books have sold around 450 million copies, making them one of the best selling series of all times!
Even more impressive is the fact that the last four books set records for becoming the fastest selling books in history. Would you believe that the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold more than 11 million copies within 24 hours of being released to the public? I bought one of those 11 million books the night the book was released, but I'll save the details of that night for another post.
The art and editions have changed a bit since their original publication. For example, the early editions of the hard cover books have art by Mary GrandPré and paperback editions with were updated in 2014 with art by Johnny Duddle.
The two most common methods used for reading the books are physical books or digital eBooks, both of which I have included below. I have gone a bit further and listed each book individually and in sets, so you can buy just the books you need or want or buy them all.
Do you live outside the United States?
Although some items on Amazon can be shipped world wide, you will probably have the best luck with eBay and Etsy. Click here to see how to know if an item from those three sites can be shipped outside the U.S.A., as well as how you can buy items found and have them shipped to you even if the store you buy from doesn't ship to your country.(Clicking this will open a new window so you won't lose the page you are currently on.)
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