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Harry Potter Collector's Handbook [Kindle Edition]

William Silvester
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Book Description

• Action Figures • Books • Ornaments •

Costumes • Calendars • Art • Coins • Dolls

• Jewelry • Lunch Boxes • Toys • Movies •

Harry Potter Casts His Spell On Collectors

Welcome, Muggles, to the magic, mystery, and merchandise of the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter!

Harry Potter Collector's Handbook will bewitch you with colorful images and current values of licensed products based on the famous boy wizard and his charming chums and nefarious foes. Just for you, we've conjured:

  • 1,000+ spellbinding listings, pictures, and secondary market values.
  • Information arranged—magically!—in alphabetical order to make it easy to find what you're looking for.
  • A diverse array of collectibles from rare first editions of books worth thousands of dollars to items worth slightly fewer galleons.

    If you're mesmerized by “Pottermania,” you'll never want to depart the enchanting world of witchcraft and wizardry presented in Harry Potter Collector's Handbook."

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    About the Author

    William Silvester is an ardent Harry Potter aficionado with a vast personal collection of entrancing Harry Potter items. He writes from beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, with more than 250 published articles to his credit.

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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pottermaniacs rejoice! October 15, 2010
    As I paged through this book I was amazed at all the collectibles that have been produced from the Harry Potter properties. The book has more than 1,000 color pictures, listings and secondary market values. It's organized in alphabetical order and has chapters on Harry Potter Action Figures, Books, Ornaments, Costumes, Calendars, Art, Coins, Dolls, Jewelry, Lunch Boxes, Toys and Movies. I'm sure I'm missing something. It even has rare first edition books worth thousands of dollars. My son has every Harry Potter book published and he's a Pottermaniac. Alas, he doesn't have any rare first edition books. But he has this one, and we both enjoy it.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Collectibles Resource for Potter Maniacs! November 21, 2010
    By Darockb
    With interest in all things Harry Potter reaching another peak upon this weekend's release of part one of the major feature film installment of Rowling's final book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1", there will be growing interest in collectibles and memorabilia surrounding the Harry Potter phenomenon. Not only is the book well-timed, but it's got images, descriptions and pricing on a cornucopia of Harry Potter collectibles. If you love Harry Potter and want to collect cool stuff, or just read about the cool stuff that has been created to celebrate the stories and the characters you love, this is an excellent read, and a collectible in it's own right!
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    11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Great Book! October 19, 2010
    I had no idea there were so many Harry Potter collectibles. Really opened my eyes to what's out there. Hundreds of color photos make it easy to find and identify what you've got. And there's a lot of collector advice and tips. The values make it an excellent reference to take with you while shopping at garage sales. You never know when you might find a bargain for your collection, or your favorite Potter fan, or even for reselling on eBay. Two thumbs up.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good guide for collector's but with gaps January 14, 2011
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I've been collecting Harry Potter, well, pretty much everything for quite some time now so I was excited to get my hands on this book. Mostly for the fun of going through it saying "I've got that, oh, yes, I've got that too," and so forth. :) A lot of pictures for the size of the book. There are, however, some gaps. Naturally it is impossible to include everything with the world wide popularity of the Harry Potter series, so I was not surprised to find some of my rarer items, such as a couple of rarer dolls from Europe. I was a little surprised the Gotz trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione were not included, since they were the first "big name" dolls produced (literary versions). They were not released in the U.S., though, so that could be part of the reason they are missing. The biggest surprise for me was that the Tonner section is missing the Professor Snape doll as well as the newer 12" line that was released last year.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding November 10, 2010
    By hbz
    A full color book with more than 1000 collectibles. The alphabetical arrangement makes finding everything extra easy. Includes books, action figures, ornaments, costumes, art, dolls, jewelry and more. If you are a "Pottermaniac" this book is for you.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter November 10, 2010
    I have only watched a few of the Harry Potter movies. I have nephews who really enjoy the books and the movies. This book is layed out beautiful and with the magical power feel. I couldn't believe the amount of collectible figurines that are out there. If you have kids that like Harry Potter, this is a must have for them for Christmas.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's just ... like ... magic! November 9, 2010
    Covering the vast spectrum of Harry Potter collectibles, from the various editions of the books to the action figures and statues to the trading cards and even the various VHS and DVD editions, this book runs the gamut and does it well.

    It's exceptionally well-organized and essential to the Harry Potter collector wanting to know what's out there to find.

    The book's frontmatter, including a biography of Rowling and articles on the evolution of the merchandising, are must reading as well.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must for collectors July 19, 2011
    By Bob
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Although I knew that merchandising was big business I did not realise how big. If you want to collect Harry Potter items this is the book for you, load it on your Kindle or similar and use it to check if items are genuine or not. Most items have accompanying illustrations and although not in colour are good enough to compare with the item on sale. It is important to note that the book only covers licensed items as there are many "unofficial" items. The book is divided into a number of sections including:-
    J.K.Rowling: The woman Behind the Wizard ( Background info on J.K.Rowling.)
    Collecting Harry Potter: General info on collecting.
    Action Figures:
    Board Games:
    Books: (give info on the various editions and number printed)
    Cards - Collector/Trading:
    Miscellaneous: (This is not just a chapter to add a few bits and pieces as it covers everything from video games to posters from cinemas)

    If there is a disadvantage it is that it gives approximate prices of items (in US dollars) but these will change with time and location so should only be used as a vague guide.
    A vast reference manual if you are into collecting Harry Potter items.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Collectables
    Wasn't exactly what I was expecting. It was all about the collectable items for the Harry Potter Collection, not a book of facts to collect.
    Published 1 month ago by Casandra Helzer
    4.0 out of 5 stars A handy guide
    Nice to have, if you collect Harry Potter memorabilia. Gives you an idea of what is out there, and gives you information on your collection.
    Published 2 months ago by K. Paquette
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Handy Harry Potter Collectible book
    This is a great book for us Harry Potter fans and has a wealth of info on collectibles for us too. I recommend it highly.
    Published 5 months ago by Harry Potter
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome job
    Shows everything for a Harry potter fan it has everything from collections of random stuff to weird stuff like that.
    Published 6 months ago by Bookworm 0204
    5.0 out of 5 stars Whoop whoop
    Great book for Christmas present guide! Has everything from tonner dolls to wizard wands. I will now have to make some new additions to my Harry potter collection.
    Published 7 months ago by Denalie Morrison
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for up fans!
    This is a great book for potter fans! I have loved the books forever, and hated to see them go. 5 stars all the way!
    Harry will live on forever!
    Published 13 months ago by HPliveson02
    4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter is the best
    Packed with lots of information for the Harry Potter lover. Lots of details and outstanding pictures. I love to use this book for a reference tool.
    Published on September 25, 2011 by Melanie
    4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter Fans Will Really Enjoy This Book
    I have many friends who are serious Harry Potter fans but I have to confess that, although I enjoy the Harry Potter books and movies, I am not a Pottermaniac. Read more
    Published on July 13, 2011 by T. Blondie
    4.0 out of 5 stars Colorful, fun guide to HP collectibles
    I had seen this book listed at Amazon but never considered buying it because I thought, "Well, what fun is there in a catalog? Read more
    Published on February 26, 2011 by Pippa Lee
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pottermania fans's book
    This book lists some of the great volume of Harry Potter collectables in the world. Although it is by no means inclusive, it is interesting! However, beware! There are mistakes! Read more
    Published on February 10, 2011 by E. N.
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    More About the Author

    Most of Bill's writing over the past few years consists primarily of columns and articles about the history of people and events depicted on stamps. He has had over 300 articles and columns published in his freelance career in Canada, United States and Great Britain. Some examples of published historical articles are 'After the Trent Affair' published by Military Heritage, 'Tracing the Canadian Roots of Armistice Day' published by Canadian Stamp News and 'At the Movies: Walt Disney' published in Learning Through History Magazine. Bill is an ardent Disneyphile as well as a freelance author and amateur historian. His book about Harry Potter Collectibles entitled 'Harry Potter Collectors Handbook' was published by Krause Publications in September 2010 and is now available on Kindle. A second book, a 'Handbook of Disney on Stamps' was recently published by the American Topical Association and 'Solo Wargames Campaigns' is expected soon.
    He has recently discovered Kindle and has downloaded three books to date dealing with Canadian military history. As chairman of the Colwood Heritage Commission he has also written a couple of books about local history. Next up - a series of young adult mystery novels.

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