DescriptionJ. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. [London]: Bloomsbury, . First edition in hardcover, with "1 wand" listed twice on page 53 and without a space between "Taylor and "1997" on the seventh line of the publisher's imprint, as called for. Octavo. 223, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's pictorial boards, illustrated by Thomas Taylor. Foot of spine just pushed. White endpapers; penciled bookseller's notations to the front pastedown. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; text block edges toned. Housed in custom clamshell case by The Chelsea Bindery; quarter bright red leather over bright red cloth, spine stamped in gilt and with five raised bands. Fine.
There is no other word for this copy but magical, incredibly bright and so very near pristine it's surreal to hold. Despite early rejections of the manuscript and initially lukewarm expectations of the publication, this is obviously a beloved copy, protected from the very beginning and serving as a sort of prophecy on a shelf as to what Harry Potter and his world would become. Errington notes that both the hardback and paperback first edition of this title "...were published on the same date and neither has bibliographical priority," in a total edition of 5,650 copies. However, the hardcover edition remains notably scarcer, as only 500 copies in this binding were produced, chiefly for distribution to public libraries.
That same year, a copy made its way into the hands of David Heyman of Heyday Films, who had been searching for a suitable children's book to adapt into film. Heyman pitched the concept to Warner Bros. in 1999 and Rowling eventually agreed to sell the film rights to the first four books in the series for a reported £1 million, along with her casting specifications.
And thus, the Wizarding World cast its spell, not only on the UK but on the entire world. The first film featured a budget of $125 million (in comparison, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy was budgeted at $281 million, in total) which covered innovative special effects, extensive casting, iconic set design and costuming, and music from the wand of John Williams. The movie immediately became the highest-grossing film of 2001 ($974 million on its initial run) and was nominated for a wide range of awards, eventually grossing over $1 billion in subsequent re-releases and marking the maiden broom-flight of a global franchise that is still producing material to this day.
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