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Christmas Countdown, Day 3: The Hogwarts Library

If you are a long-time lover of books, chances are good you either are a Harry Potter fan or know one, and Christmas is one of the best times of year to be a fan of anything. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming to theaters next November, it’s an excellent time to start preparing your loved ones for a trip back into Potterland. To that end, here are three gifts you might want to consider for the witches and wizards in your life:

1. The Hogwarts Library

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Consisting of the three extracurricular books J.K. Rowling has produced over the Harry Potter series’ life, this boxed set features gorgeous bindings and a fun look at the expanded Potter universe. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by Newt Scamander, and Quidditch Through the Ages, by Kennilworthy Whisp, are both mentioned in the main series. Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts is an oft referred to encyclopedia of magical creatures; this particular volume is a reproduction of Harry Potter’s own copy, complete with “annotations” and notes with Ron and Hermione. Notably, the adventures of Newt Scamander will be the focus of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film, so reviewing his book could be excellent preparation for spotting Easter Eggs and identifying any lesser-know creatures that appear. Quidditch Through the Ages, meanwhile, is a popular pick from the Hogwarts library and as such contains no extra scribbles. Madam Pince would never stand for such atrocious disregard of literature. The book offers detailed, and at times humorous, insight into the bizarre history and rules of the popular wizarding sport. The final book in the set, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, contains five wizard fairy tales, including the Tale of the Three Brothers which was so important to Deathly Hallows. In turns witty, humorous, and grim, the Tales are an interesting addition to a book collection even without the Potter connection.

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated Edition)

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Hoping to introduce a young reader in your life to the magical world of Harry Potter? Or maybe you know someone who’d like to return to the series anew? The illustrated edition of Sorcerer’s Stone is the way to do it, combining art and text to bring Hogwarts to life in a way that not many stories get to experience. Take this scene introducing Diagon Alley, where the reader gets to explore the street as the text hovers overhead:

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Picture from the Penguin Random House website

The illustrated edition is a visually stunning and unique way to experience this introduction to the Harry Potter universe, which makes it an excellent gift for old and new readers alike.

3. Harry Potter Book Set with House Cover Jackets

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Juniper Books, which specializes in book collections and theme wrappings, designed custom book jackets for each of the four Hogwarts houses and is selling boxed sets of the seven books. Above is the Gryffindor design, but you can take a look at the other house designs at this link. Downside: at $275 base price, these sets are overwhelmingly expensive. But if you’re willing to splurge on yourself a bit this Christmas, you won’t get any judgment over here! Or maybe you share a library with someone and can split the cost, or you can convince your friends and family to rain money into your stocking this Christmas. Regardless, there’s no denying that these book jackets are gorgeous and at least worth admiring from a distance.

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