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5 reasons why Harry Potter is still one of the most popular literary series in Ireland

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Harry Potter titles continue to find new readers (PA)

Harry Potter titles continue to find new readers (PA)

Hermione, Ron and Harry

Hermione, Ron and Harry

Harry Potter fans grabbing copies of a book (Ben Stansall/AP)

Harry Potter fans grabbing copies of a book (Ben Stansall/AP)

Copies of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Yui Mok/PA)

Copies of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Yui Mok/PA)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling (London, Bloomsbury, 1997) Hardcover first edition first printings of this book have become the Holy Grail for Potter collectors. Only 500 were published and 300 went to libraries. One notable characteristic of a first edition first issue is the crediting of 'Joanne Rowling' and  not the JK who has gone on to make billions from the teenage wizard. Prices vary from $40,000 to $55,000 though a handful of advance proof copies are available from $7,500 to $13,500.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling (London, Bloomsbury, 1997) Hardcover first edition first printings of this book have become the Holy Grail for Potter collectors. Only 500 were published and 300 went to libraries. One notable characteristic of a first edition first issue is the crediting of 'Joanne Rowling' and not the JK who has gone on to make billions from the teenage wizard. Prices vary from $40,000 to $55,000 though a handful of advance proof copies are available from $7,500 to $13,500.

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Harry Potter titles continue to find new readers (PA)

Twenty-two years after the publication of the first book in the series, Harry Potter is still one of the most beloved literary franchises in Ireland.

JK Rowling's fantasy series dominates the list of the most borrowed books in Irish libraries, as revealed by the Local Government Management Agency, with three of her Potter novels in the Top 5.

The first three books in the seven-book series - 'The Philosopher’s Stone', 'The Chamber of Secrets' and 'The Prisoner of Azkaban' - come in at first, fourth and fifth place on the list respectively.


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