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Bloomsbury + British Library Create Books for 20th Anniversary Harry Potter Exhibition
Posted by Megs

As we posted way back in August 2016, The British Library will be having a special Harry Potter inspired exhibition in honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Bloomsbury has collaborated with the British Library to create two magic-filled books to accompany the exhibition. Tickets for the exhibition, which runs from Fri 20 Oct 2017 – Wed 28 Feb 2018, are now on sale. To purchase tickets go to the British Library’s website.

The books will be released on October 20th to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. Harry Potter: A History of Magic (£30) will be available in hardback and e-book formats. Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic (£12:99) will be published in available and e-book formats. Both books are available for pre-order on the British Library’s website and there is international shipping.

In a unique collaboration between Bloomsbury and the curators of the British Library, two new books will be published by Bloomsbury and Pottermore this autumn to accompany Harry Potter: A History of Magic: The Exhibition. The exhibition will run at the British Library from 20th October 2017 until 28th February 2018 as part of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stoneyear long series of activities.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Hardback) is the official book of the exhibition. In a unique collaboration between Bloomsbury and the curators of the British Library, the exhibition will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which underpin the Harry Potter stories. Visitors can marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time. This book explores the amazing artefacts, manuscripts, original artwork and curators’ insights that make up the backbone of the exhibition. A comprehensive companion book, it will also feature essays on each section of the exhibition by cultural commentators, academics and respected writers as diverse as Major Tim Peake, Lucy Mangan, Steve Backshall and Anna Pavord. This is a beautifully produced, full-colour coffee-table book which will make the whole exhibition experience available to everyone.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic showcases selected items from the exhibition and is aimed at a family audience. It too explores the subjects studied at Hogwarts, and will contain spellbinding facts and information behind the real history of magic, alongside activities inspired by these subjects, creating a rich and rewarding book for families to enjoy for years to come.

The print editions will be published by Bloomsbury on 20th October 2017 and the eBook editions will be published by Pottermore simultaneously. Both print and digital editions will echo the contents of the exhibition, which takes visitors on a journey to where magic and myth began using an extraordinary range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, and combine fascinating treasures from the British Library’s collections with previously-unseen material from the Bloomsbury archive and J.K. Rowling. Both titles will be available for purchase from the British Library as well as general book retailers.

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Bloomsbury Launches Wizarding Wednesdays to Celebrate 20 years of Philosopher’s Stone
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In honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Bloomsbury is bringing back their very successful Wizarding Wednesdays competition by popular demand. The first week fans in the UK and Ireland can win a deluxe family ticket and early access to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London!

Wizarding Wednesdays originally ran in 2016 as part of the hugely successful film campaign for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and was enthusiastically embraced by fans in the UK. The competition will create multiple opportunities for fans in the UK to win the most exciting, money-can’t-buy-prizes from the Wizarding World. The prizes range from all across J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and include exciting packages from Bloomsbury, Warner Bros., Pottermore, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, MinaLima, The British Library and many more.

The competition can be entered by heading to www.HarryPotter20.com/WizardingWednesdays. Winners are selected at random and fans need only register once to be in with a chance to win from the array of fantastic prizes offered over six weeks. Any lucky winners will not be eligible to win further prizes.

For a full list of the prizes on offer and terms and conditions go towww.HarryPotter20.com/WizardingWednesdays. Competition is only eligible for people living in the UK and Ireland.

You can also celebrate the 20th anniversary across social media:

Bloomsbury and Pottermore will work with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on three exciting projects that will celebrate the 20th anniversary in different ways across each social media channel globally.

Because great books help people connect with one another, Facebook will surprise people on the 26th with a fun, special feature when posting or commenting about Harry Potter.

Instagram superfans and influencers will be sharing Instagram Stories of what Harry Potter has meant to them over the past twenty years using #HarryPotter20. The official Instagram account – @instagram (224m followers) – will be joining in the celebrations by featuring stories from some of the biggest Harry Potter fans in the community.

Meanwhile, on Twitter fans can join in the conversation with a specially-designed emoji for the world’s most favourite boy-wizard, revealed when they type in the official hashtag of the campaign #HarryPotter20.

The projects will each launch on Monday 26th June.

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Help Bloomsbury Find the World’s Favorite Harry Potter Character
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Bloomsbury and National Book Tokens have launched a poll to find the world’s favorite Harry Potter Character. They have selected 20 characters but if you have a favorite not listed you can add them in below the poll! Four lucky voters will be selected at random to win a £20 National Book Token, personalised with their chosen Hogwarts House. To cast your vote visit this page on the National Book Tokens website.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Bloomsbury Publishing and National Book Tokens have launched a huge search to find the nation’s favourite character from the Harry Potter books.

Over seven magical books, Harry has met a huge cast of incredible characters, and we’ve drawn up a list of 20 that have charmed readers over the last 20 years. You can head over to the National Book Tokens website to vote for your favourite. Simply select the character you’d like to vote for and click the SUBMIT button. If your favourite character doesn’t appear, don’t despair – just tell us who gets your vote in the space provided!

The poll closes at 11am on Friday 23rd June and the number one character will be announced on Monday 26th June – 20 years since the day Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published.

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Official Wizarding World Book Club Launching in June
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Pottermore has announced this morning that they will be launching a Wizarding World Book Club with Bloomsbury and Scholastic this June to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! The book club will include online discussions via Twitter and Pottermore’s website.

The Wizarding World Book Club kicks off in June, and to take part you just need to read (or re-read) a Harry Potter book each month – or more, as the books get longer. You can then join in a conversation about it on Twitter, or simply check Pottermore to learn more about each story.

Whether you’re a newcomer, or have read the books a thousand times over, the Wizarding World Book Club is the place for everyone to join the discussion on each of the seven Harry Potter stories.

There will be many ways to participate too. Each week, a new theme from the Harry Potter stories will be discussed over on Pottermore’s brand new Wizarding World Book Club Twitter account, @WWBookClub.

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Cursed Child: Definitive Edition Script Release Date; More Tickets Released April 25
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As we posted when the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book was first announced, there will be a “Definitive Edition” released later this year. This second edition, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production, will be published July 25, 2017.  According to Amazon:

This revised paperback edition updates the “special rehearsal edition” with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the wizarding world prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Additionally, the Cursed Child site announced that another wave of tickets will be released on April 25th. Three months of advance tickets will be released for sale on Tuesday 25 April 2017, at 11am BST, for performances from 2 May 2018 –  22 July 2018. Tickets are priced from £15 per part and for every performance there will be over 300 tickets at £20 or less per part.

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Bloomsbury Reveals 20th Anniversary Covers for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
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Bloomsbury has revealed the EIGHT new covers for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to celebrate the book’s 20th anniversary. They are based on the 4 Hogwarts houses and there is a separate cover for both the hardcover and paperback versions. Photos of all the covers can be viewed in our gallery!
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Bloomsbury Publishing is excited to unveil the covers of the eagerly anticipated 20th Anniversary House editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Illustrated by Levi Pinfold, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, the front covers feature the crest for each Hogwarts house in vibrant house colours. Levi took his inspiration from traditional heraldry and coats of arms and combined this with typical characteristics of each house to create crests that embody the values of the house. Head to Pottermore.com to find out more information on the creatures, symbols and shapes used in each crest.

Publishing in celebration of the 20th anniversary, 26th June 2017, there are complementary hardback and paperback jackets of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The hardbacks will be black with the house crest in a house colour and striped sprayed edges. The paperbacks will reverse the house colour theme and have single colour sprayed edges. Both editions will contain fascinating facts about the houses of Hogwarts, and three specially commissioned house illustrations from Levi Pinfold per book. Books will be in stores from the beginning of June.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the book that started a global phenomenon. With an initial hardback print run of 500 copies, it has now sold over 90 million copies worldwide. It is the book that put Harry’s destiny in motion and created a whole new generation of readers. It is hard to think now that before 1997 none of us knew about Hogwarts, Quidditch or Voldemort. The Harry Potter novels have now sold approximately 450 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 79 languages.

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