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Harry Potter Collector's Handbook Paperback – September 16, 2010

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 1 edition (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440208972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440208973
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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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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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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:
Artwork:
Board Games:
Books: (give info on the various editions and number printed)
Calendars:
Cards - Collector/Trading:
Costumes:
Dolls:
Ornaments:
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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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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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By hbz on November 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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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. Reading this book really was an eye-opening experience.

This book has pictures, descriptions and price estimates for a mind-boggling array of Harry Potter collectibles and memorabilia. It also has meticulously researched information about the more noteworthy collectibles. For example, the book features a long footnote about one of the Mattel brand Dumbledore figurines that caused a stir because it appeared to have two right arms.

Collectors will enjoy having this guide to refer to, and more casual fans like myself will have fun just looking at the mind-boggling array of Harry Potter merchandise available in the world.

In addition to photos and descriptions of collectible merchandise, this book also contains interesting facts about J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter books and movies. The facts were new to me and there's enough information in this book that even the most dedicated Harry Potter fan would probably learn something new.
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