When examining a second, third, fourth, or fifth paperback printing of Philosopher’s Stone, there are multiple issue points present.


Copyright page:

  • The number line on the copyright page ends in 2, 3, 4, or 5 (ex. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2)

  • The full name, Joanne Rowling, is printed

  • The cover copyright illustration is printed as Thomas Taylor1997 with no space between Taylor and 1997



  • The phrase "1 wand" is listed once on the “Other Equipment” list found on page 53

  • Asterisk added under "said Hagrid" on page 53


Front cover:

  • The cover includes a quote that reads  “A terrific read and a stunning first novel" Wendy Cooling


Back cover:

  • The words "Witchcraft and Wizardry" are printed correctly

  • The Philosopher's spelling error (see first printing issue points) has been corrected

  • The picture present is that of a young Dumbledore

Second-Fifth Print Issue Points 

Philosopher's Stone (Paperback)

Do Judge A Book By Its Back Cover

(Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)