If you’re shopping for the holidays for a bibliophile then you know the struggle of finding something they haven’t already read. Sure you could get them a gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon but why not try for something unique that only you could have picked for them? Over the year I’ve been amassing a list of some books that even someone who’s read everything in their fandom would love. This particular list will focus on fans of “Harry Potter.”
Best of all, MOST of these books don’t contribute to J.K. Rowling‘s royalty checks so if your iffy about getting anything Harry Potter, hopefully that eases your conscience.
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“SNAPE: The Definitive Analysis of Hogwarts’s Mysterious Potions Master”
“SNAPE: The Definitive Analysis of Hogwarts’s Mysterious Potions Master” is part of a series of books called “AN UNOFFICIAL EXPLORATION.” This book focuses on Snape’s development throughout the series. It’s not authorized by anyone involved in the original series, *cough* J.K. Rowling. But, it’s a great scholarly approach to dissecting his character. Get it here.
“Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman”
When Alan Rickman passed away, Harry Potter fans everywhere mourned for their lost potions master. In this diary he recounts how his time on the Harry Potter set almost broke him. Read about his encounters with J.K. Rowling and the lack of his characters motivations almost cost him to quit several times. “Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman” is sure to keep your friends entertained and bonus they’ll learn something great for bar trivia night. Pick it up here.
“Tom Felton: Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard”
Tom Felton’s adolescence was anything but ordinary. His early rise to fame in beloved films like “The Borrowers” catapulted him into the limelight, but nothing could prepare him for what was to come after he landed the iconic role of the Draco Malfoy, the bleached blonde villain of the “Harry Potter “movies. For the next ten years, he was at the center of a huge pop culture phenomenon and yet, in between filming, he would go back to being a normal teenager trying to fit into a normal school. “Tom Felton: Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard” is a great read from start to finish. Pick it up here.
“DUMBLEDORE: The Life and Lies of Hogwarts’s Renowned Headmaster”
“DUMBLEDORE: The Life and Lies of Hogwarts’s Renowned Headmaster” is another entry into the UNOFFICIAL EXPLORATION series of books. Dumbledore dives between the lines of the Harry Potter books to create a portrait of the controversial Headmaster. We find Dumbledore’s hand in every seeming coincidence, and consider the impossible decisions he had to make. Pick it up here.
“Harry Potter: The Blueprints”
“Harry Potter: The Blueprints” is a great inside look at the construction of the world on film. This book showcases the work of the artists who laid the foundation for the visually enchanting buildings, homes, rooms, and settings from all eight films. Pick it up here.
“The Magic of MinaLima: Celebrating the Graphic Design Studio Behind the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Films”
“The Magic of MinaLima: Celebrating the Graphic Design Studio Behind the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Films” will be sure to keep them engaged. Part of the charm of Harry Potter isn’t just the story but also the many design elements that went into the creation of the world. This collection showcases the very best works from the award-winning studio’s two decades and includes interactive elements such as the Marauder’s Map, the Black Family Tapestry, and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Pick it up here.
“Harry Potter” Illustrated Books 1-4
Harry Potter illustrated (books 1-4) may be something they’ve already read but they will love to have them in their collection. You may want to pop over or casually mention them before you buy the set because they may have a couple already. But gift would totally win the holidays if they don’t. Pick it up here.
“Harry Potter: Film Vault: The Complete Series: Special Edition Boxed Set”
“Harry Potter: Film Vault” compiles the filmmaking secrets and visionary artistry behind the Harry Potter films into twelve deluxe collectible volumes. Intricately designed and packed with concept art and unit photography from the Warner Bros. Pictures archive, each volume in the series gives fans striking insights about bringing the Wizarding World to the big screen. Get it here.
“The Unofficial Harry Potter Hogwarts Handbook”
“The Unofficial Harry Potter Hogwarts Handbook” is the next best thing to attending Hogwarts itself, providing more Wizarding World insight, detail and fun than ever before recorded in a single book. Get it here.
“Harry Potter Spellbook: The Unofficial Illustrated Guide to Wizard Training”
“Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook” is a luxurious magical guide for kids and adults, which contains a thorough description of all the famous spells used in films, books, video games about Harry Potter and in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Spells are conveniently sorted and include pronunciation rules, classification, wand movement, and a description of the result obtained. Also added facts, origin stories, and fun tips related to spells. All for wizard training! Get yours here.