While shopping in Finland, we found a copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's
Stone" in Russian. Since we are Harry Potter fans, we had to buy it. Later,
in the same store, we found Finnish and Swedish copies. Uh-oh. We officially
had a collection. We picked up British English and Spanish versions somewhere,
but we don't recall the locations. We bought a Dutch version in Amsterdam,
and of course, we already owned the American version, which is titled
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." A trip to the Mediterranean added
Greek, Croatian, and Italian copies to the collection. A Latin copy at a local bookstore called to us for over a year before we gave in to temptation. Icelandic and Brazilian versions soon followed.
Shown below are the front cover and first page of each book, with a large
version of the first paragraph of each book. We were surprised that each
book looked so different, since many have different cover art. The England
and Latin versions are the only ones which do not use the distinctive lightning bolt
font for the title. Even the Russian and Greek versions use the lightning
bolt font, though the letters are different. Click on a tiny book
below to go directly to that book's details, and click on any cover or
first page to see a much larger version.