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Theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2019 Revealed
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury have announced the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2019! Harry Potter Book Night returns for a fifth year on Thursday 7th February 2019 with the theme of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sign up at www.harrypotterbooknight.com to register for an event kit and to make sure you’re one of the first to hear all the latest Harry Potter Book Night news.

Not everyone is lucky enough to attend a school where the staircases constantly move, portraits talk to each other and students get to study magical lessons such as Potions, Charms, Transfiguration and Herbology.

Bloomsbury will put this amazing school and all the exciting adventures that have happened within its walls at the very heart of Harry Potter Book Night 2019.

There have now been over 35,000 events organised since Harry Potter Book Night began in 2015 with over 13,000 organised in 2018 alone.

Bloomsbury aim to make Harry Potter Book Night 2019 the biggest yet.

With an updated event kit themed around Hogwarts and lots more exciting elements yet to be announced, once again fans of all ages will have the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels – and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books.

And remember to share your ideas and plans for Harry Potter Book Night on Twitter and Facebook using#HarryPotterBookNight.

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Bloomsbury Commissions 7 Spider models to mark 20th Anniversary of Chamber of Secrets
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Monday 2nd July marks 20 years since the first publication of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and to celebrate Bloomsbury Children’s Books has commissioned seven spider models created from the pages of the brand new House Editions. These new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets House Editions will be published in hardback and paperback TODAY, 28th June 2018! You can order them on the Bloomsbury website, Amazon UK (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin) or your local store! Fans in the US can order from Amazon UK or try eBay to purchase.

Designed and built by London-based creative agency Create 180, the models will be unveiled across the UK on Saturday 30th June. Six of the spiders will be on display at bookshops. The big arachnids (approximately 50x50cm) will appear at five Waterstones stores (Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London Piccadilly and Nottingham) and The Book Nook in Hove, winner of Children’s Bookseller of the Year at The British Book Awards. The seventh spider will be on display at the Bloomsbury offices for the anniversary date and will then be sent on to Seven Stories in Newcastle.

Each spider will have a unique ‘skin’ created from pages of the House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Published for this very special anniversary the House Editions have cover art by award-winning artist Levi Pinfold. The hardbacks will be in each house colour with artwork in black and striped sprayed edges. The paperbacks will be black with artwork in the corresponding house colours. Both editions will contain additional content including an illustration of the house common room by Levi Pinfold, a house introduction and a mini-feature on house-elves. Books will be in stores from Friday 29th June.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was first published in 1998. It continued the adventures of Harry Potter at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and introduced the world to classic characters such as Dobby the house-elf, Gilderoy Lockhart and the monstrous Acromantula Aragog! The Harry Potter series has now sold over 500 million copies worldwide.

The addresses of the bookstores are as follows:

Waterstones Edinburgh – West End – 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD
T: 0131 226 2666 / E: edinburghwestend@waterstones.com

Waterstones Leeds – 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5AP
T: 0113 244 4588 / E: leeds@waterstones.com

Waterstones Liverpool – 12 College Lane, Liverpool, L1 3DL
T: 0151 709 9820 / E: liverpoolone@waterstones.com

Waterstones London – Piccadilly – 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD
T: 020 7851 2400 / E: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Waterstones Nottingham – 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR
T: 0115 9470069 / E: nottingham@waterstones.com

The Book Nook – First Avenue, Hove, BN3 2FJ
T: 01273 911988 / E: info@booknookuk.com

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books – 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ
T: 0300 330 1095 ext 300 / E: info@sevenstories.org.uk

Filed Under: Bloomsbury House Editions, Books
Bloomsbury reveals cover for new illustrated edition of Beedle the Bard
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Bloomsbury has revealed the cover for the new illustrated edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, illustrated by Chris Riddell. It will be published in hardback on 2nd October 2018 for £25 with a Deluxe Edition available for £120. The cover can be seen in high resolution in the gallery.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books today reveals the cover of the full-colour Illustrated Edition of J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard illustrated by Chris Riddell. The cover brings together some of the main characters from the five wizarding fairytales in the book, including Babbitty Rabbitty and the Hopping Pot. Much loved by generations of witches and wizards since they first appeared in the fifteenth century, this beautifully illustrated edition is set to become a firm favourite at bedtime in non-magical households the world over.

Publishing on 2nd October 2018, The Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition features show-stopping illustrations for all five tales and Dumbledore’s accompanying notes. Chris Riddell, three times winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, bestselling author and former Children’s Laureate, brings J.K. Rowling’s text to life with beautiful ink and watercolour artwork.

Mischievous and witty, these five rollicking tales are a deeply satisfying read in the tradition of all great fables and fairytales. Kindnesses are rewarded and selfishness shown to be the ruin of many a wizard. Burping cauldrons, hairy hearts and cackling stumps are met along the way. Each of the tales is accompanied by a deliciously subversive and insightful commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore. Translated from the runes by Hermione Granger, The Tales of Beedle the Bard also includes ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, familiar to readers of Harry Potter from the crucial role it played in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, which helps some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people to have a better life.

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition
Audiobook for ‘Quidditch Through The Ages’ Announced
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At this year’s Celebration of Harry Potter a new audiobook for Quidditch Through the Ages was announced. Andrew Lincoln has lent his voice to the new audio book version of the Hogwarts Library book, Quidditch Through the Ages. Here’s his message to fans at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018.

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Scholastic Announces New Harry Potter Covers to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
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Scholastic has announced that they will be releasing new editions of the Harry Potter series to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which was released in the US a year after the UK. These new editions will feature cover art by Caldecott Medal-winning artist, Brian Selznick. According to Pottermore:

As part of a year-long campaign to commemorate the publication of the first Harry Potter book in the US, the new paperback versions of the Harry Potter series will be released in July, to be followed by a collectible boxed set in September.

The editions will boast brand-new cover designs by Brian Selznick – the Caldecott Medal-winning artist responsible for the acclaimed book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was so memorably turned into the Martin Scorsese movie Hugo… a film that went on to scoop up 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Not bad, that.

‘I’m a big Harry Potter fan and it is an incredible honour to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s iconic series,’ says Brian. ‘I am thrilled to play a part in this exciting 20th anniversary celebration and look forward to meeting Harry Potter fans and readers across the country.’

These new editions aren’t the only treat for Stateside fans this year. The 20th anniversary of the US publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be marked with celebrations at bookstores, libraries, schools and festivals

The 20th Anniversary Editions feature a newly designed cover illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick, as well as the beloved original interior decorations by Mary GrandPré. The collectible boxed set contains the complete bestselling Harry Potter series, books 1-7 by J.K. Rowling, brilliantly redesigned by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick. A perfect gift to introduce a new reader to this beloved series, as well as a gorgeous addition to any fan’s bookshelf.

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Bloomsbury to Publish House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Bloomsbury have announced today that they will publish House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets House Editions will be published in hardback and paperback on 28th June 2018. Larger images of each cover may be seen in the gallery.

House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were released last year. Bloomsbury have asp confirmed their intention to publish House Editions of the remaining five novels in the Harry Potter series. Dates yet to be decided. The colors for each of the House Editions will alternate between black and the house color, for the paperbacks and hardbacks, to create a beautiful set for your bookshelf!

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Illustrated by Levi Pinfold, who created 2017’s spectacularly successful House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the covers will feature an interpretation of the door to the Chamber of Secrets, with beautiful iconography and features woven in to the design that are particular to that house.

There will be complementary hardback and paperback editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The hardbacks will be in each house colour with artwork in black and striped sprayed edges. The paperbacks will be black with artwork in the corresponding house colours. Both editions will contain additional content including an illustration of the house common room by Levi Pinfold, a house introduction and a mini-feature on house-elves.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was first published in 1998 and continued Harry Potter’s adventures at Hogwarts. It introduced some of the most-loved characters from the wizarding world, including Dobby the house- elf.

The 20th anniversary House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone published last year were a huge success selling over 180,000 copies (UK TCM) across all eight editions. They became the backbone of the huge campaign for the 20th anniversary that included breaking a Guinness World Record, a celebratory video of fan favourite moments that has been viewed over 10 million times, and the must-see Harry Potter: A History of Magic  exhibition at the British Library. Overall sales of Harry potter books were up by 50% in 2017 according to UK TCM figures.

Filed Under: Bloomsbury House Editions, Books
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