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Official Wizarding World Book Club Launching in June
Posted by Megs

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.

Filed Under: Books, Pottermore
Cursed Child: Definitive Edition Script Release Date; More Tickets Released April 25
Posted by Megs

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.

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Bloomsbury Reveals 20th Anniversary Covers for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Posted by Megs

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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Bloomsbury to Publish Updated Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury has revealed the cover for their new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, out 14th March 2017 for £12.99. The book has a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander), inside illustrations from Tomislav Tomic, and a new jacket by Jonny Duddle. There will also be new creatures included in the book!x As with the original edition from 2001, proceeds benefit Comic Relief and also Lumos.

This immensely collectible hardback has been revised and updated by J.K. Rowling, bringing the original classic book up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and the blockbuster film release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

New beasts lurk within the pages of this edition and eagle-eyed readers will have fun spotting them among the much-loved favourites. J.K. Rowling’s new introduction, written from the viewpoint of Newt Scamander, offers tantalising hints about the Magizoologist’s adventures and relationships, and Tomislav Tomic’s beautiful line illustrations bring many of the beasts to roaring, stomping, growling life.

Jonny Duddle’s new bright and colourful jacket design creates a cohesive look that complements the covers of the seven classic Harry Potter novels, as well as the new look Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

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

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Filed Under: Books, Fantastic Beasts Films
Bloomsbury Reveals New Covers for Tales of Beedle the Bard & Quidditch Through the Ages
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury Publishing has revealed new covers for The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages. The jackets, which are illustrated by Harry Potter cover artist Jonny Duddle, show new images from both books. Both new editions are published on 12th January 2017 in hardback and paperback formats.

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The front cover of The Tales of Beedle the Bard shows a wizard being chased by the hopping pot, and the front cover of Quidditch Through the Ages features Roderick Plumpton who famously caught the Golden Snitch within three and a half seconds in 1921.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages are based on books from the Harry Potter series, and were written by J.K. Rowling in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages in aid of Comic Relief, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in aid of J.K. Rowling’s children’s charity Lumos.

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Jim Kay on illustrating Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury has released a new video interview with illustrator Jim Kay where he discusses his process for drawing scenes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for the Illustrated Edition, out today in the United States and United Kingdom!

They have also released a few new illustrations from the book that you can see in our gallery! Photos include gnomes, Harry playing Quidditch, a view of Hogwarts, Dobby and more!

From the press release:

Bloomsbury continues its landmark publishing of the Harry Potter series with the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition. This is the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s second Harry Potter novel and continues Jim Kay’s stunning interpretation of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.

As Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts takes him on another magical adventure, readers will be able to enjoy key moments such as the Ford Anglia flying over The Burrow, Harry and Ron’s meeting with Aragog and the battle with the Basilisk rendered in Jim Kay’s unique and glorious style. Key characters also get the Jim Kay treatment including Gilderoy Lockhart, Moaning Myrtle and fan favourite Dobby.

After Bloomsbury approached J.K. Rowling with the idea of creating colour illustrated editions of the seven Harry Potter novels, award-winning artist Jim Kay was chosen unanimously by publisher and author to illustrate the books. Jim Kay’s artwork is brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition was published to huge acclaim in October 2015 and has already sold over 120,000 copies in the UK and many more in other languages. The second book will be published simultaneously throughout the world, marking it as another truly global publication.

All seven titles in the Harry Potter series are set to become beautiful illustrated editions. Jim Kay and Bloomsbury are already hard at work on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, to be published in October 2017.

With colour artwork on every page Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition is a wonderful addition to the Harry Potter canon, and a dazzling depiction of the wizarding world that will captivate fans and new readers alike.

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition, Jim Kay
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