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Bloomsbury Commissions 7 Spider models to mark 20th Anniversary of Chamber of Secrets
Posted by Megs

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 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
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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Bloomsbury Planning 20th Anniversary Celebrations for 2017
Posted by Megs

June 26th 2017 is the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Bloomsbury is celebrating this milestone moment with a year-long campaign, including special anniversary publishing and new projects with key partners. First up is brand new editions of the first book:

To mark the magical anniversary and share the excitement with fans old and new, Bloomsbury will publish four ‘Hogwarts House Editions’ of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.  Each edition will feature the house shield illustrated on the jacket, bespoke extra content and stunning sprayed edges in house colours.

The British Library will also be involved in the celebrations with an exhibit on the Potter books:

Further celebrations are marked by a major partnership between Bloomsbury and the British Library. The British Library will curate and launch a brand new exhibition about the magic of Harry Potter, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s modern masterpiece and opening 20th October 2017. This will be the first British Library exhibition inspired by a single series of books by a living author. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins, to the origins of the Philosopher’s Stone, the exhibition will take readers on a spellbinding journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories. The exhibition will showcase the history of magic across the world, 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 and J.K. Rowling archives.

Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library, said: ‘The British Library is delighted to be working with Bloomsbury and with J.K. Rowling to mark the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter, and to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collections.’

Rebecca McNally, Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury Children’s Books said: ‘The British Library is a magical place for book lovers. They are the perfect partners for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition exploring a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon, a thrilling celebration of magic and imagination with Harry Potter at its heart.

According to the press relase, there will be exclusive events and major competitions to mark this magical moment. More news on the exciting plans will be announced later in the year.

Filed Under: Bloomsbury House Editions, Books


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