Cover design: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

This book needs no introduction, obviously.

Harry potter

I took this picture in the library of Trinity College Dublin, and I think it’s the most amazing library I’ve ever seen. I love the way there were giant books at the bottom, tiny books at the top, and the ladders for getting to the higher shelves.

Anyway, it reminded me a bit of the Hogwarts library (although that’s actually filmed in Oxford). The library plays quite an important part in the first Harry Potter book, since it’s where they go to try and find out about Nicholas Flamel, and where they eventually find the answer, which is in one of Hermione’s “light reading” books.

I also like the bust, which definitely hints at “philosophers”, even though there probably wasn’t a bust of Nicholas Flamel in the Hogwart’s library! I can’t actually remember who the bust is of in real life though.



2 thoughts on “Cover design: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

  1. I recently finished reading the book and it wasn’t a book from the library they found the answer in. They looked for days, weeks even, but they couldn’t find anything. It was Hagrid who hinted at the name unintentionally and Harry knew he heard it somewhere. Eventually he finds an Albus Dumbledore Chocolate Frogs card and there it was on the back. “He wrote an alchemy book with Flamel” 🙂


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