Join fellow Harry Potter fans at this pop-up event on 26 June to mark 20 years of a global sensation.
The star attraction is a first edition of the first Potter book, with a drawing and comments by J K Rowling herself.
Other Potter books from the Library's collections show how wide an impact the tales of the boy wizard has had on 20th and 21st century literature.
Here is a taster of what you can feast your eyes on if you visit our George IV Bridge building on Monday 26 June.
with J K Rowling's
drawing and comments.
- Kindly loaned for the occasion is this unique copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. Not only is it signed by J K Rowling, but she added a drawing and comments such as: 'changed my life forever'
- 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard', also signed by the author
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' — the first copy of the first edition of this book to come off the printiing press, not only signed by J K Rowling but donated by her to the National Library of Scotland
'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' has been translated into 73 languages, making J K Rowling one of the most translated authors today. Translations from our collections include:
- 'Hali Bote: huo bei de kao yan' (Chinese edition)
- 'Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale' (Italian edition)
- 'Harry Potter en de steen der wijzen' (Dutch edition)
- 'Harry Potter a l’ecole des sorciers' (French edition).
Further Harry Potter
The seven Harry Potter books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, and played a major role in inspiring children to take up reading.
As well as several editions of 'Philosopher's Stone', we are displaying:
- 'Fantastic Beasts and where to find them'
- 'Quidditch through the ages'
- Harry Potter merchandise and toys, including a Hogwarts sorting hat.
Harry Potter and literature
The fantasy story of a school for wizards fits with other literature from both past and present. Our display includes books that might appeal to Potter fans and help develop an interest in fantasy and creative writing, such as:
- 'New X-men'
- 'The sword in the stone'
- 'The Goldfinch'
- 'Barry Trotter and the Shameless parody'.
Harry Potter changed the world of children's fiction. If you are one of those whose life was affected in this way, drop in to the Library and share your reminiscences with us and with fellow fans. It could be a hoot.
Monday 26 June
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.
Free entry. No need to book — just drop in. And do feel free to come dressed as a character from Hogwarts.
See also our Harry Potter event news story.