Drake says he might spend $160,000 on a first-edition 'Harry Potter' book he's been chasing for 4 years

  • Drake told The Hollywood Reporter that he has been pursuing a first-edition copy of the first "Harry Potter" book for four years.
  • A first-edition copy just hit the market for $160,000, and Drake said he's interested in buying it.
  • The rapper has an estimated net worth of $90 million.


In a revealing new profile in The Hollywood Reporter, Drake said that he has been pursuing a rare copy of the first "Harry Potter" book for four years. 

Drake told the publication that he has read all of J.K. Rowling's best-selling book series, and that he is interested in buying a first-edition copy that reportedly just hit the market for $160,000. 

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When Breath Becomes Air 

Gates' review: "I’m usually not one for tear-jerkers about death and dying—I didn’t love The Last Lecture or Tuesdays with Morrie. But this book definitely earned my admiration—and tears." 

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I Contain Multitudes 

Gates' review: "In the end, I Contain Multitudes is a healthy corrective. Yong succeeds in his intention to give us a “grander view of life” and does so without falling prey to grand, unifying explanations that are far too simplistic."

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The Heart 

Gates' review: "When Melinda recommended the book to me, she said, “It’s different from most of the books you read.” And that’s true—but part of the reason for that is that it’s different from most books."

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow 

Gates' review: "Harari’s new book is as challenging and readable as Sapiens. Rather than looking back, as Sapiens does, it looks to the future. I don’t agree with everything the author has to say, but he has written a thoughtful look at what may be in store for humanity."

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Gates' review: "Through deeply personal stories like these, Hillbilly Elegy sheds light our nation’s vast cultural divide—a topic that has become far more relevant than Vance ever dreamed when he was writing this book." 

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Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood 

Gates' review: "In fact, Noah’s mother emerges as the real hero of the book. [...] If my mother had one goal, it was to free my mind,” he writes. Like many fans of Noah’s, I am thankful she did."

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A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety 

Gates' review: "A Full Life feels timely in an era when the public’s confidence in national political figures and institutions is low. It is true that President Carter made unforced errors during his time in office. But when you read this book and have a chance to meet him in person, you can’t help but conclude that Carter is a brave, thoughtful, disciplined leader who understands the world at a remarkable level and who has improved the lives of billions of people through his advocacy for human rights and global health."

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After THR's Tatiana Siegel told Drake that she was reading the series to her children, the rapper, "as if to talk himself into the purchase" of the rare book, responded, "I should get it. My birthday's coming up. Maybe I'll buy it for myself as a treat."

While THR lists the book as "Sorcerer's Stone," the first edition he's chasing is more likely one of the rare first hard-cover printings of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (the UK title), which the UK publisher Bloomsbury printed just 500 copies of in 1997.

Nonetheless, the purchase would not make much of a dent on Drake's fortune.

The 31-year-old rapper was named the fifth richest hip-hop artist in the world by Forbes this year, with an estimated net worth of $90 million. 

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