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(Victoria, BC – 8 March 2007) The worldwide impact of Harry Potter – from rare copies with $37,000 price-tags to the 50-plus translations to books about the books and much more – is showcased in a new section dedicated entirely to Pottermania at

Considering most people already own JK Rowling’s books, AbeBooks - the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books - highlights the widespread influence of the series in the countdown to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in July.

Rare Harry
Along with a guide to collecting rare Harry Potter books, there is an exclusive interview with the big spender who paid a record (US) $37,000 for an ultra-rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on

“I finally thought I’d do it because the book would be such a good investment. There was an element of fun involved. It’s very hard to explain the feeling of elation when you realize you own this particular book.”

Inspired by Harry
Dozens of books about the books are showcased, including oddities such as If Harry Potter Ran General Electric, Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts, and Harry Potter and the Deconstructivist Magician.

Global Harry
From Japanese to Latin (meet Harrius Potter) to Urdu, the 50-plus international translations illustrate how Harry’s fans stretch around the world.

High-priced Harry
The 10 most expensive Harry Potter books ever sold through are listed – more than 50 Potter books priced over $1,000 have been sold via the website.

Wanna-be Harrys
Anyone with serious ambitions to be a wizard can pick up books about casting spells and also read up on the profession through books about real-life magicians and illusionists from Harry Houdini (who published many books in his hey-day) to David Blaine.

Harry in the news
The blog, Reading Copy, has regular updates from the world’s media about Harry, JK and Pottermania in general.

Fun Harry
There is also a quiz plus recommendations for other fantasy books, profiles of ordinary people really called Harry Potter, and much more.


About is the world’s largest online marketplace for books, with over 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the world. AbeBooks has millions of customers who purchase up to 25,000 books a day from its 5 global websites. A true internet success story, AbeBooks has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Germany, Spain and USA. Internet Retailer magazine ranked AbeBooks at No. 67 among North American online retailers in June 2006.

Contacts: Richard Davies, PR manager, Office Ph: 250-412-3238 /