Monday, 9 July 2012

The Cover Wars: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Rea of Rea's Reading and Reviews and I decided to get together to do a weekly meme where we would compare covers of the UK editions of books with those of the US editions.
The aim of this is to just have a bit of fun. We put ourselves in the position where we see both of these books side by side in the bookstore. Which would we choose? Why that one and not the other?

This week, we will be comparing the UK and US covers of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K.Rowling.

The First book is the US version and the Second one is the UK

Tara Says: This is so hard because they are both kind of cartoony and both portray bits of the book. The UK one is the one I knew about and I have seen so many times. It has the train in which he takes to arrive at the school, Hogwarts. The US one shows him flying on his broomstick. This is really hard so I’m just going to go with the one I have seen the most which is the UK one.

Rea says: I realise that in this case my culture has formed me to be more partial to one cover, that obviously being the UK cover. I love this cover. I always have done. There’s another version of it with Dumbledore on the cover and I have that one, too, though that version is in Latin (don’t ask why I have this book in Latin when no one in my family has ever studied the language). I just love the colours on it too – it’s bright, it makes sure your attention has no possibility of wandering elsewhere, and I just prefer the style of the art to that of the US cover. Plus, it’s the philosopher’s stone, damn it, not the sorcerer’s! UK all the way! 


Week 25:      US: 4    UK: 12    Draw: 8

Do you want to join in too? Here’s how:

Step 1: Copy and paste the Cover Wars image.

Step 2: Copy and paste our intro or write your own but it must link back to both of our blogs.

Step 3: Copy and paste the US and UK cover images.

Step 4: Compare the two.

Step 5: Either use our score or keep your own score.

Step 6: Post it and share it!

Thanks and have fun!


  1. I grew up with the US cover and so it's too hard to let go of liking that one better. However, I do really like the UK one.

    Great post!


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