Your old Harry Potter books might be worth more than you think

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Piggy banks at the ready Harry Potter fans, you might be in for an extra bit of cash - if you can bear to part with your books, that is.

Philip W Errington's has penned a new book titled J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013, in which he includes a handy chart to help you determine whether your early copies of the books might be worth something.

His categories range from books which have significant commercial value to those with low value.

If you have the right copy of this book, you could be in the money.

If you have the right copy of this book, you could be in the money.

While Rowling's later titles - from The Goblet of Fire through The Deathly Hallows (books 4-7) - are a dime a dozen, the real money-makers are books one and two: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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If you have a hardback copy of the first book, published by Bloomsbury and bearing a picture of Harry Potter standing next to the Hogwarts Express on the front cover, you're in the money. 

This copy sits at the top of the heap with "significant commercial value", according to Errington.

The softback version has "some commercial value" though not as much, sitting on a part with the hardback version of book two featuring Harry and Ron in the flying car on the cover. 

Think you can manage parting with your beloved collection? See if it's worth it below:

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Top of the heap
Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Cover illustration: Harry standing by a train.

Next best thing
Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Softback (in wrappers)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Cover illustration: Harry standing by a train. 

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Cover illustration: Harry and Ron in a flying car.

Somewhat valuable: 
Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Hardback
Publisher: Scholastic
But: Only if it's not the American Book Club edition. 

Maybe a little bit valuable: 
Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, or Prisoner of Azkaban
Publisher: Ted Smart. 

Not that valuable at all: 
Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows. 
These were printed in massive numbers, so aren't worth too much unless you have a signed copy or a deluxe edition.

 - Stuff

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