Episode 15.5: Harry Potter and the Dubious Kerning


Pull out your rulers, witches, and start measuring your margins, because this episode we’re getting into the nitty and the gritty of book design. Hannah is joined by book designer (and brand new colleague at her brand new job!) Mauve Pagé in a discussion of three different editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We talk about kerning! We talk about x-height! We talk about widows! And as all those exclamation marks indicate, you should be excited!

P.S. Things get visual in this one, so you might want to follow along with the gallery below.

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Hannah McGregor

I am an Assistant Professor in Publishing @ SFU. My areas of research include periodical studies, media studies, middlebrow culture, contemporary and early twentieth-century Canadian literature, critical race studies, and digital humanities. I also make a fortnightly podcast about Harry Potter.

2 thoughts on “Episode 15.5: Harry Potter and the Dubious Kerning”

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  2. I am amazed at how many editions and covers there are for each book from the series. I love the Map in Bloomsbury edition. A map showing all of Hogwarts and it’s surroundings. It is very creative and gives the kids imagination while they read the book. The sample page from illustrated edition shows color. Making it fun for kids to read. Instead of just seeing black and white in the book, they have a touch of color.

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