Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Featuring a 1999 Signature
From 1997 and the creation of Harry Potter until the present day, J.K. Rowling's signature has remained one of the most coveted and valuable when in a Harry Potter book. There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when looking at a Rowling signed book. One of these factors is knowing when to ask for help. Owing to a 20 year span between the first signed books until now, there have been many changes in her signature. For example, a 1997 Rowling signature features periods between J and K, a dotted i, and a more distinct w. By mid to late 1998, the periods have gone, and by her 1999 signature, the w flows almost directly into the l which can be seen in the featured example.
While the signature continues to evolve into the low and smooth signature it is today, what is important to remember is that these signatures are highly sought after. That being said, there are fake signatures and fake books EVERYWHERE. Many sellers will take the signed page out of a book and reinsert it into an earlier printing in the hopes of making the book more valuable. This is why knowing how the signature has evolved is important. The other important thing to know is to ask for professional advice when seeking out one of these books.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Illustrated Edition)
Featuring a 2018 Event Signature
Rowling's signature often looks varied from a book signing (where she can generally take more time to sign a book) to a live event signature (where she is rushed to sign as many books as possible within a short amount of time). The signature featured here was signed at the 2018 New York City premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. Jo Rowling signed to books of fans in a cue before the play began.
To see the signing of this book, visit the blog post titled "Meet the Queen."